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How to securely erase an SDD drive without damaging it?

I have a MacBook Air that I am considering selling. It has an SSD, and I would like to securely wipe it clean before putting it up for sale. I know how to wipe regular hard drives, but I've heard that secure erases of SSD's actually DAMAGE the drive. Is there a secure way to remove data from an SSD hard drive without compromising its lifespan/integrity?
posted by Thanquol180 on Jul 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Oh noes. I'm dead.

Last night, while playing with Find My iPhone, I erased my wife's iPhone. That's right. I erased my wife's iPhone. Apparently, it wasn't backing up to iCloud. Unless I have a good backup on her laptop via iTunes, I am screwed, right? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Securely delete files - Android

How can I securely delete files on my Android phone? I want to be sure that deleted files can not be recovered, i.e., photos, email, email attachments, evernote notes, etc. [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Jun 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me wipe my iPhone for an afternoon so that I can restore it afterwards

I need to use my iPhone 4 for an app demo tomorrow afternoon, and I'd like to wipe all of my personal data for the demo and then restore it afterward. [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

DBAN and KillDisk are foiled, now what?

I'm trying to prep a PC for donation/craigslist by wiping the drive. DBAN won't boot from the CD drive, and neither will KillDisk. [more inside]
posted by lvanshima on Nov 13, 2011 - 12 answers

How strong does a magnet have to be to erase an iPod?

Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 19, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I wipe a hard drive on an iMac with a dead display?

How do I wipe a hard drive on an iMac with a dead display? [more inside]
posted by frenetic on Feb 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Securely erasing memory

I'm donating a computer to a friend-of-a-relative. Can data be recovered from the RAM or any other part of the computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2010 - 6 answers

DBAN for non-system drives?

Looking for a way to wipe (for disposal) old hard drives without swapping them into my desktop. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 22, 2010 - 26 answers

Do universities routinely re-install the OS when recycling computers between staff users?

A friend who works for a university is moving on and has to return his computer. He's thinking of using DBAN to wipe it clean but is wondering if he'll be making more work for the computer techs (and raising their suspicions about what he was using it for) by forcing them to reinstall the OS. How likely is it that the computer techs would reinstall the OS anyway before handing the computer to someone else? Is that the norm in this situation?
posted by mediareport on Jul 2, 2010 - 43 answers

I can't seem to Nuke from Orbit!

I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

How to safely sell a used iPhone?

How should I safely sell my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Jun 14, 2010 - 7 answers

An app for Windows for hunting down and eradicating multiple copies of files?

Is there an app for Windows that you know of for hunting down and eradicating multiple copies of the same files? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Dec 13, 2009 - 8 answers

How to securely and cheaply wipe PC's data?

What is the best free way to securely wipe the hard drive of a PC (XP, I think) before re-selling it? Free means no purchase of software or hardware, if at all possible. If it helps, there are two laptops that need to be wiped, so one could wipe the other if there's some nifty way to do that. Any ideas would be much-appreciated.
posted by Dasein on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me do what I need to do to wipe as much as possible from my PC before I sell it

Tomorrow I'll list my ACER Aspire 3680 for sale on eBay. I want to be as sure as I can that there the lucky buyer has as little chance as possible of seeing passwords/pics/personal info. Normally, I would just format and do a clean install of XP. But I've moved house and my install disk is one of 19 packing cases stored 2500km away, so that option is out. I've listed what I've already done after the jump, but I'm hoping a more tech-savvy mefite might spot a hole in my erasure efforts. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Where's Magneto when you need him...

I have an external hard drive that I'm sending back to the manufacturer due to an issue. I already have all of the data off of it, but (thankfully), a few days after I got the data, the thing is dead. The question: how do I erase all of the data off of it even if I can't boot it up? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Apr 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Where do you get your big dry erase boards?

Looking for suggestions for a good vendor for a large dry erase board in the US. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 10, 2008 - 15 answers

There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who can deal in binary and those who can't.

How is data on my hard drive retrievable even after it is written over? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Jul 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Clean me up, Scotty!

What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Feb 29, 2008 - 13 answers

How to wipe a dead hard drive?

How to wipe a dead hard drive? After backing up my data to a recently purchased external drive, it promptly failed (and produced a horrible, burning electronics odor). As I'm still within the 14 day return policy, I shouldn't have any trouble returning it. However: I want to wipe all of my personal data from the drive first. How to do that with a drive that won't mount? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Oct 29, 2007 - 16 answers

How do I clean the data off these donation-bound hard drives?

How do I clean the data off these old hard drives without using software or a mallet? [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Aug 10, 2007 - 14 answers

How many times to erase hard drive

How many times should I zero the hard drive of a laptop I am going to sell? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 8, 2007 - 18 answers

Dry Erase paint

Where can I find dry-erase / whiteboard paint to put on my wall? Something like chalkboard paint.
posted by GernBlandston on Sep 9, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I hide the evidence from work?

I am returning a laptop to my employer that I have used exclusively for the last two years. I have used it as a personal machine and need to erase all evidence of my (non-work) use. I have backed up everything that needs to transfer so a clean wipe and re-install would be ok. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2005 - 18 answers

Seeking script/action in Mac OSX Safari that will utomatically erase my cache and history files at a certain time each day

Mac OSX Safari --Is there a script/action that I can enable to automatically erase my cache and history files at a certain time each day? While being fairly Mac savvy, I have no experience with writing scripts. I'm really looking for an easy solution, perhaps a piece of freeware?
posted by sharksandwich on Mar 26, 2004 - 6 answers

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