Most of us have experienced the following situations: sell the old PC to purchase a new one, replace a small hard drive, return a leased computer in time, etc…. And when you do these, you should keep this in mind: your sensitive data is too easily to be recovered if you rely on the standard delete function. It is truly imperative to completely destroy all data from the old partitions before you put it aside or sent it to others.
This is because the unidentified copies of those deleted files could exist in “unused” space of your hard drive, or in your swap file among other possible locations. If you discard the old computer with hard disk without dealing with your personal information, advanced users know how to recover them back. Sounds terrible? They can target personal information on discarded hard disks and use it to steal your identity. MiniTool Partition Wizard can cover the data with five patterns, making it unreadable by data recovery software.
Wipe Partition/Wipe Disk of MiniTool Partition Wizard can erase the data on your hard drive completely and ensure that the data cannot be recovered by any data recovery solution. Partition Wizard can completely wipe out all data by replacing or overwriting the existing data with new data. Once the wipe operation is carried out, the data will never be recovered by any data recovery software. So please think twice before you carry out these operations, and make sure you have made a data backup to your new drive (copy disk is very useful).
Here are the step-by-step instructions of wiping disk with MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard, install it on your computer and launch it.
Step 2. Click on the disk icon and choose “Wipe Disk“.
Step 3. A smaller window pops out and you can see five wiping methods to choose from. Basically speaking, each method can complete the wipe task and this depends on your own preference. Now click “Ok” to go back to the main interface.
Step 4. You will find that the whole disk becomes an unallocated disk – just a preview. If you intend to erase data completely, press “Apply” and this will be finished before long (The more data in drive, the longer it takes; the more passes you choose, the longer the time).
Now grasp this freeware and have a try on your hard drive you are going to discard.