Windows 10: What happens after a hard disk is erased and restarted?

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  1.    04 Nov 2017 #11

    The only really secure way to clean HDD/SSD is invokimg ATA Secure Erase command. Linux commandline utility hdparm can be used to do this; however, it isn't user friendly at all. PartedMagic live distro has graphical tool to do it, but it isn't freely distributed anymore, at least the official way.

    SSD vendors usually offer their own tools (Intel SSD Toolbox, Samsung Magician, OCZ SSD Guru...) but their Secure Erase function is locked to SSDs of the same brand.
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  2. Posts : 253
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       04 Nov 2017 #12

    I think my best course of action here is to remove the hard disks and use them as target practice. Thanks, all, for the advice and suggestions.
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  3.    04 Nov 2017 #13

    gogreen said: View Post
    I think my best course of action here is to remove the hard disks and use them as target practice. Thanks, all, for the advice and suggestions.
    No, keep them for backups. Why waste lead and HDD ?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
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       04 Nov 2017 #14

    That's true. Good idea--thanks!
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       05 Nov 2017 #15

    CountMike said: View Post
    No, keep them for backups. Why waste lead and HDD ?
    If the disk is a useful size, then remove it and put it in a USB disk caddy having a USB/SATA interface (cost about 5-10). I did this when I replaced the 1T hard drive in my laptop with a SSD. I now use that drive as an external drive for backups.
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       05 Nov 2017 #16

    cereberus said: View Post
    Talk about overkill. Just boot from a bootable version of DBAN or similar and securely wipe drive. Only forensic specialists might be able to recover stuff. Far beyond skill base of mere mortals.
    Correct. Not only do you need the skill, but also a significant amount of time too.
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  7.    06 Nov 2017 #17

    Use usb recovery media, boot from it, open advanced trouble shooting, open command prompt. Type disk part. Type list disk. Determine which disk is your personal disk. Type select disk 0 or 1, which ever is your disk. Type clean all

    This will reset all data on the disk to 0s.
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