External HDD are capable of storing large amount of media files. On the other hand, there may be times when you wish to delete or get rid of some unwanted files from your external HDD. It may be because you are no longer interested to listen them or it could be because you want to clear the space of your external HDD for new music libraries and other data. Windows has designed the process of deleting files from an external HDD to be quick and easy, so that you can clear those unwanted data from your external HDD. But files which are deleted are not permanently deleted and can easily be restored using any powerful file recovery software. So in order to permanently erase files from your external HDD you need to use reliable drive wipe software.
External HDD is a portable and a very handy digital storage device. External HDD can store up to 1TB of files, which can work well on Mac as well as on Windows operating systems. You can store up to 50, 00,000 audio files, 18000 hours of video files and 25, 00,000 image files over 1TB External HDD. External HDD supports AAC, MOV, WAV, MP3, MP4, JPEG, BMP, PSD, GIF, PNG and TIFF file formats. There are instances when you wish to wipe external hard drive so as to create space for new files, then you can do so by using efficient drive wipe tool.
Most of you still think that if the files are deleted using a Delete button, Shift + Delete button, emptying the recycle bin, formatting or re-formatting the external hard drive, then those deleted files are completely removed from the system. But it’s not true, the contents of the file aren't physically destroyed on the hard disk, rather the file is simply flagged as deleted by the operating system. Operating system marks the available space for writing or storing new data. Until the space is over written by any new data or a file it can be restored easily using any powerful file recovery software which is specially designed to recover such erased files. So, it is always safer to wipe the disk space to remove the deleted files permanently from the external hard drive especially when you are selling off your computer or hard drive. Files can be deleted beyond recovery using good drive wipe software. This can be used to wipe computer before selling.
Drive wipe is one such utility that erases sensitive data from both, the physical and the logical drives. This software lets you to shred files and folders from your external hard drive, wiping it beyond the recovery. This powerful application is also capable of shredding the entire free space from your hard disk, making it impossible to recover deleted files. It presents a hierarchical explorer view, to select the files and the folders you would like to shred. This software provides nine different shredding methods, based on different security standards approved by various government agencies like the U.S. Police Department, U.S. Department of Defense and standards approved by many other government organizations around the world. Drive wipe software erases these files completely, without affecting the existing files or folders on your hard disk. The most advantage point is that, it is very easy for users to interact with this software as all steps are mentioned very clearly with screenshots. The web history is saved on the hard disk and this tool helps you to permanently wipe browsing history from hard drive. It can be used in different operating systems like, Microsoft Windows vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows server 2003, and Windows server 2008 also. You can also use this application to erase USB drive and any other data storage device in just few mouse clicks. Free demo version is available for download. Once you are satisfied with the demo version you can purchase the licensed version and start using the software.
Steps to Wipe External Hard Drive data are as follows:
Step (i): Open the free trial version by double clicking on the desktop shortcut or by selecting it from the list of programs. Now select external hard drive from the list of logical drives that are present on software’s main window and click on "Next" as illustrated in Fig A.
Fig A: Select Hard Drive
Step (ii): From the nine different wiping methods, select any one of your choice and click on "Next". You can see the wiping process as shown in Fig 2. At any point of time, if you feel to stop the wiping process, just click on "Stop" button. After successful wiping of hard drive, you will see a message stating that the particular drive is wiped successfully.
Fig B: Wiping Hard Drive Data