How to Permanently Erase Data from USB Flash Drive?

Christina updated on 2021/1/29 to Data Erasure

permanently erase data from USB flash drive

Summary: 98% of deleted/formatted data in an USB flash drive can be recovered by data recovery software. If you want to permanently erase data from an USB flash drive, just download the data erasure software - Donemax Data Eraser to help you permanently erase data beyond data recovery.

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Before you sell an USB flash drive or just throw away it, you’d better to permanently erase all sensitive data to prevent potential data recovery. Most of data recovery software is able to completely recover deleted files from USB flash drive or recover data from a formatted USB flash drive. How to permanently erase data from an USB flash drive? Don’t worry, here is the best method to permanently erase data from an USB Flash Drive.

1. Download data eraser for USB Flash Drive erasure.

Data erasure software is the best tool to permanently erase data from an USB flash drive. Donemax Data Eraser is a famous data erasure software. It offers advanced data erasure algorithms including HMG Infosec Standard 5 (1 pass), Peter Gutmann's algorithm 2 (2 passes), U.S. Army AR380-19 (3 passes), DoD 5220.22-M ECE (7 passes), Peter Gutmann's algorithm 35 (35 passes). It can help you permanently erase data from any type of USB flash drive to prevent data recovery. Download it here:

Donemax Data Eraser can help you erase data from an USB flash drive on both Windows OS and Mac OS. Please note that once the data is erased by Donemax Data Eraser, the data will be lost forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery software. So, you’d better make a backup before wiping your USB flash drive. It offers three flexible data erasure modes to meed all your data erasure needs.

2. Selectively shred data on USB Flash Drive.

Erase Files mode is able to help you permanently erase specific files and folders from an USB flash drive. Just open Donemax Data Eraser on your computer and connect the USB flash drive to your computer. Then click Add to add files/folders from the USB flash drive to the erasure list. Click on Erase Now button to permanently erase all the selected files/folders.

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3. Wipe USB Flash Drive to erase all data.

Before you sell, donate or dispose of an old USB flash drive, you’d better permanently wipe all data in the USB flash drive. This mode is able to help you wipe all data (existing data and deleted/lost data included) from the USB flash drive. After erasure, all data in the USB flash drive is gone forever, the USB flash drive can be reused.

permanently erase data from USB flash drive

Just choose mode “Erase Hard Drive”, then select the USB flash drive and click on Erase Now button. All data information in the USB flash drive will be permanently erased.

permanently erase data from USB flash drive

4. Erase deleted data permanently.

If you only want to erase deleted/lost data on an USB flash drive, just choose mode - Erase Free Space. This mode will help you erase unused disk space of the USB flash drive and permanently erase all the deleted/lost data. It will not affect the existing data on the USB flash drive.

permanently erase data from USB flash drive

“Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire purchased 200 used USB flash drives--half from the US, half from the UK--to determine how securely data on the drive was stored before being disposed of. Some 68% of drives sourced from the US and 67% sourced in the UK still contained data from previous users, the report found.”

Don’t let your sensitive data fall into the wrong hands! Before you dispose of an old USB flash drive, you’d better permanently erase all your sensitive data. Donemax Data Eraser can help do the task with flexible data erasure modes. It also can erase data from SSD, HDD, memory card, digital camera, RAID, etc. Download it here:


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