Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
It depends on your goals. If you just want to clear space for new material, drag everything to the trash and empty it.
You can also format the drive.
If you have a security concern, the above doesn't truly erase everything so you want to overwrite the hard drive.
If this is a one of a kind problem, I'd just create a huge word file, say a bunch of 'x's in a file, and I'd double it and re-double it until you've got a file a few gigs in size, then I'd dupe the file and get my drive pretty full of them. This can actually take some time, so another thing you can do is invest in some disk wiping software, which does the sort of thing I just mentioned, only repetitively and without taking up your time.
I've heard it said that one must multiply re-write the same areas again and again to truly wipe out the data, but I think once is enough for any normal purpose. But professional software is quick and relatively inexpensive and written by folks who've studied the matter iin detail.
If you've got really vital stuff and you don't intend to use the hard drive again, a sledgehammer will do the trick.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
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