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How to securely erase a hard drive on Windows

Formatting a hard drive, no matter if we use the quick or slow option, will not destroy data. It merely marks all sectors containing data as “available” so that the next save process will use them, overwriting existing data. The difference between the “quick” and “regular” format options in Windows is that quick will update … Read more

Removing an EFI Partition on an external drive in Windows 10

I often format drives with operating systems other than Windows. When I want to re-use those drives for something Windows related, I have trouble formatting them because there’s a protected EFI Partition that Disk Management can’t get get rid of. Here’s such an example: all options are greyed out, and I’m left with a 200MB … Read more