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What products or best practices are there for completely removing all data from a hard drive? Is there a software based solution that is better than microwaving or physically disassembling the drive? What about with solid-state (flash) drives?

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asked May 02 '11 at 18:04

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For non-SSDs I would use a tool like TrueCrypt full-disk encryption. You encrypt the entire disk, including all system partitions, and then change the key to a very long random string. Then format the drive.

If you even put sensitive data on a non-encrypted SSD then an good way to physically decommission the drive is to heat it with a propane torch until the PCB catches fire. At that point the magnetic domains aren't magnetic anymore.

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