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Wiping a USB thumbdrive for disposal?

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I have an ancient 512 MB USB thumbdrive that I don't want anymore. How can I wipe it so that the data is irretrievable?
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Smash with a hammer...
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the above sounds pretty good. or you can use linux to write zero's and random data to it. Won't take long at all @ only 512MB.
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Hammer. Sledge preferred. thumb.gif

Or if you want it to be usable after try this:
http://www.pendriveapps.com/usb-flash-tools-format-backup-restore/

Unless you're storing national secrets on it, the latter should be sufficient.
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You can zero fill it as said already, but why not have some fun? Shoot at it with a gun, paintball gun, etc. Throw it at a wall really hard. Leave it on the ground and drop a hammer from above as high as you can get.

Get creative and have fun!
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If you decide to shoot a gun at anything please do so in a place devoid of human life for miles. Bullets can travel great distances and still be fatal/injurious.

but otherwise that is hilarious take out the glock 19 and put some 9x19 in it
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wipe then freebie it
    
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post #8 of 23
Seriously? Its a thumb drive, snap it in half and throw it in the trash.
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I generally crack them open and rub a screwdriver over the PCB a few times, when stuff starts falling off the PCB you can stop. thumb.gif
post #10 of 23
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The problem with physical damage is that NAND chips are extremely durable - I've heard stories of data being recovered from a soldier's flash drive that was run over by a tank in Iraq, or from a drive that was accidentally dropped into a body of water and ended up sitting at the bottom of a creek for a year, etc.

I've also heard that 0 filling a drive does not necessarily guarantee that every bit is written to, due to wear leveling algorithms.
Edited by Peon - 8/25/12 at 10:10pm
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