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How do I completely wipe an external HDD so that it's just like new?

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3 years ago#1
I know I can just delete all the files on it, but I want to completely wipe it so that it's as if I never used it. I formatted it to FAT32 to use with my PS3 but I no longer need it and I want to resell it, and I guess I'm paranoid and want to make sure whoever buys it can't mess with my PS3 files and stuff. :P
3 years ago#2
3 years ago#3
Kokuei05 posted...

Thanks, but it seems like a little bit of a hassle. Gotta burn it to a CD, boot up the PC with it, and what if I accidentally wipe one of my PC's HDDs? I've never used DBAN. :/

Is there a more simple software solution available for wiping externals?
3 years ago#4
You can try CCleaner although I've never used the wiping feature of it.
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3 years ago#5
Throw it at a wall
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3 years ago#6
TimePharaoh posted...
Throw it at a wall

Something tells me that might seriously hurt the resale value.

Not to mention my wall.
3 years ago#7
It gives it character, lets the buyer know it's lived life
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3 years ago#8
I use these:


Seriously, why do you want it "just like new"? Military grade format will make it like your data was never there.
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3 years ago#9
Just do a secure wipe on it, there are various tools available which work in windows, one I can't name as I haven't used it in years but I know windlg and ccleaner include this feature to some degree.

A live CD though would be better as you can then disconnect your internal drives if you're paranoid that you'll accidentally delete the wrong drive.
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3 years ago#10
If you're super paranoid, use the super solution.
Anything less would be uncivilized.

No, really, the amount of formatting is relative to the amount of OCD and paranoia you have.

A little paranoia, you'd just format or low-level format the thing.
A lot of paranoia and you're going to follow up a format with a disk benchmark writes over every sector.
SUPER paranoia -- nuke it. (Which is actually more hassle-free than the above.)
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