Have you planned to sold-out an old hard disk or USB flash drive? How do I sanitize the hard disk on Windows 11? If you have planned to sell out a hard disk or USB flash drive, you should clean its data from a professional tool. Windows 11/10 also lets you delete a file from an internal or external drive, but from the deleted device, a professional can retrieve your data. Here, Hardwipe plays a handy role.
Hardwipe for Windows 11/10
Hardwipe is a professional tool that is available free of cost for personal use. This software can easily and securely wipe file data on-demand with a few clicks of the mouse. Once you install it, this app integrates itself to the right-click context menu on File Explorer. That means, to delete a file or folder security, perform a right-click on a file or folder and select Wipe File / Wipe Folder option from the context menu.
Unlike the other software, it comes with limited features and is primarily designed to wipe the drive’s data securely. You might be already aware that after deleting a file or folder from a storage media, data can still be recovered through professional software such as MiniTool Power Data Recovery, Wondershare Recoverit, Recuva, Disk Drill, etc. That means, if you just erase your file/folder on Windows or after formatting a storage device you think that data can’t be recover, you are in a dilemma. A lot of free and paid data recovery software is available that can steal your privacy.
Hardwipe is a freeware tool that erases the files/folder and even empties the Recycle bin and then overwrites its files. So that no professional software can recover the data from the disk. This program is also useful when your external storage drive, like a USB flash drive, is infected with viruses and refuses to format. Just connect them with your PC and securely erase the whole drive data with Hardwipe.
Hardwipe is compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista, and XP. You can download it from its official website.