Permanently Delete Data from External Hard Drive

You might be lending your external hard drive to someone or selling it then you need to delete your data from it. You might be having some confidential data in it. If you want to delete any data from external hard drive then you can delete it by selecting the file or folder and right clicking on it to get “Delete” option. You can use format option in order to delete all data in external hard drive at once. If there are any virus infected files on the portable hard drive then they will be deleted and hence the viruses will also be removed. But is the data deleted permanently? No, anyone can recover data from external hard drive using recovery software. Therefore you should take some measures for permanent deletion of external hard drive data.

How data can be restored even after deletion?

When data is deleted from external hard drive, only the pointers to the files which are deleted will be removed. You will not be able to view them on user interface as Operating Systems can’t access them because of absence of pointer to the location where data was stored. The data will be still present in physical drive of external hard drive. This can be easily retrieved using any recovery software. The recovery tools have the capability to scan and display the files which are present on physical drive of external hard drive. Hence you should wipe your data from external hard drive using wiping software after deleting data from the drive to make your data beyond recovery.

How to delete external hard drive data permanently?

You can use these methods to wipe data from external hard drive on Windows computers:

  • Wipe File: You can overwrite disk space occupied by the erased file
  • Microsoft SDelete: This method deletes data securely and sanitizes free space
  • Wipe Bad Disk: Wipes hard drives with bad sectors
  • DeleteOnClick: This has “Securely Delete” option to perform DOD overwrite on files

The easy method to delete data from external hard drive is using Remo MORE software which provides you simple and quick way to sanitize external hard drive.

Remo MORE to delete data from external hard drive permanently:

Remo MORE helps you to delete data from external hard drive permanently. This software provides you the option for wiping external hard drive data using drive sanitizer option. You can select any of the three methods from Fast Zero Write, Random Write or DOD 5220.22.M to wipe external HDD. This utility can be used to manage data on the drive with lot of other options on it. You can also defrag your drive, manage files on portable hard drive using this software. This tool can even be used to optimize memory on external hard drive. Try this software for free on your PC today and make the most of it.

Simple way to delete external drive data using Remo MORE:

Step 1: Download Remo MORE software and install on your Windows computer. Connect external hard drive to the system from which you want to delete data permanently. Run the software and click on “Manage” option to get the main screen as shown in Fig 1. Then select “Data Wipe” option from the screen.

Delete Data from External Hard Drive - Main Screen

Fig 1: Main Screen

Step 2: The next screen appears as shown in Fig 2. Select “Drive Sanitizer option from the screen.

Delete Files from External Hard Drive - Select Drive Santizer

Fig 2: Select Drive Santizer

Step 3: The next screen appears as shown in Fig 3. Select the drive which you want to wipe and click next to continue.

Erase Data from External Hard Drive - Select Drive to Wipe

Fig 3: Select Drive to Wipe

Step 4: Select drive wipe method from next screen as listed in Fig 4. Then click on “Proceed”. You will get pop up for confirmation of wiping process. Click on “OK” to approve wiping process.

Remove Data from External Hard Drive - Select Wiping Method

Fig 4: Select Wiping Method

Step 5: The tool starts wiping external hard drive as shown in Fig 5. You can “Pause” or “Cancel” the process.

Delete Contents from External Hard Drive - Wipe in Progress

Fig 5: Wipe in Progress