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Wiping an external hard drive question

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Would I just take all the crap from the external and drag it all into the recycle bin? Or would some files be unable to be deleted?
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post #2 of 5
Get a free disk wiping utility. If data on the platter is not overwritten it can quite easily be recovered.
post #3 of 5
Just run a Quick Format on it.

Edit: Unless you had personal information on it and are going to sell it.
 
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ok thanks
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post #5 of 5
Get a "file shredder" or whatever they call 'em (TuneUp Utilities, Bitdefender, etc. bundle some) and do a shred of everything of the HDD if you're concerned about data recovery.
If not, just do a quick format with the OS. (Do both in my opinion lol )
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