Before passing on the old extenal hard drive to someone else, you want to make sure all data including financial or personal information are gone completely. Delete or reformat the hard drive will not remove files permanently. Data can still be in the recycle bin anyway, and traces will remain even after you empty the bin. The free space can be used by any temporary system files, download files or anything you save. Once performing data recovery, there is choice to restore previous files. Then what is the best way to permanently remove files from external hard drive?
Unlike just clicking "delete", and everything goes over, to wholly delete files, you will have the aid of third party file shredder program. Data Wipe is an advanced files remove tool which allows you to delete unwanted files and confidential data from hard drive as well as other removable media like external hard drive, memory card, USB, mobile phone, digital camera, etc.
It is secure enough, never do any harm to the external hard drive.
Here shows how to use Data Wipe to remove files completely.
Download Data Wipe and install it in Windows. Launch the program. In the main screen, select a data wipe according to your need.
Here we will take "Wipe Specific Folder" for example. Click "Add" button to import folder that contain data you would like to remove forever. Then click "Next" to continue.
In the pop up screen, click "Yes" to confirm operation. Then the program will begin removing. The whole process will take few seconds. After that, the program will ask you to save a record. You can click "Save As" to preserve a record or click "Close" to complete operation.
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