Does a magnet erase a hard drive?

Answer A magnet can erase a hard drive, but most home users do not own magnets powerful enough to accomplish this. A hard drive can be completely wiped using an industrial machine called a "degausser," wh... Read More »

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Can you erase a hard drive with a magnet?

You can erase a hard drive with a very powerful magnet. Degaussing a hard drive with an electrically charged magnetic coil will effectively erase a hard drive, according to the Washington Post. ... Read More »

Can a magnet erase a flash drive?

A magnet cannot erase a flash drive. Unlike many other forms of computer media, such as floppy disks and hard drives, flash drives are not magnetic. In flash memory, electrical charges rather than ... Read More »

Does formatting a external hard drive, erase absolutley everything so you will never be able to recover?

To everyone who said NO, you are correct. Invoking the format command in Windows merely initialises the file pointers leaving the drive in a state where it appears void of all data. Fact is, that a... Read More »

Why Erase a Hard Drive?

Trying to erase all data from Windows based systems with commands related to data deletion, like Delete, Empty Recycle Bin, Clear History, Delete Temporary Internet Files in Microsoft Internet Expl... Read More »