How to Permanently and Quickly Destroy Sensitive Data?

Written byChristinaUpdated on Jun 21, 2023
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Before we start: Do you need to permanently erase the sensive data before you sell or dispose of your old computer? Donemax Data Eraser is an effective solution to help you erase the sensive files/photos/video on Windows and Mac PC by clicks.


Is the deleted or formatted sensive data lost forever? No!

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In today's digital world, protecting your sensitive data has become increasingly important. Whether it's personal information, financial records, or confidential business documents, it's critical to ensure that this information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, simply deleting files or formatting a drive doesn't lose data forever and is not enough to permanently erase sensitive data.

Any one else has the chance to restore your deleted sensive files or restore documents from a formatted hard disk drive with a data recovery software. Before you sell, donate or dispose of your old computer or device, you'd better permanently erase your sensitive data so that nobody can recover it. In this article, we we'll explore an easy solution to permanently and quickly destroy sensitive data, 100% avoid data recovery.

How to permanently and quickly destroy sensitive data?

The most effective way to permanently erase sensitive data is to use a data erasure tool. There are several data erasure tools available on the market, each with its own set of features and capabilities. When choosing a data erasure tool, it's important to look for one that meets your specific needs and requirements. Donemax Data Eraser is a safe, powerful and easy-to-use data erasure program which is able to help you quickly and permanently erase sensitive data as you want.

🔐 Donemax Data Eraser uses advanced algorithms to overwrite data on your hard drive, making it virtually impossible to recover. It offers several erasure methods, including one-pass, two-pass, three-pass, seven-pass and 35-passe erasure. The more passes you use, the more secure the erasure will be. Donemax Data Eraser offers military & government level data erasure standards to help you permanently erase data. Once your data is erased by this software, the data will be gone forever, can't be recovered by any data recovery software.

This data erasure software is 100% safe. It will not cause any damage to your computer or storage device such as HDD, SSD, external hard drive, sd card, etc.

Three methods to easily destroy sensitive data with Donemax

Donemax Data Eraser offers three flexible data erasure modes, from deleting a single file to wiping an entire hard drive. It can meed all your data erasing needs.

Method 1: Permanently erase selected files and folders

👍 If you only want to destroy some specic sensive files or folders, just launch Donemax Data Eraser and switch to "Erase Files". Click "Add" to select the files to erase > The file information will be listed (please check you have selected the corrected sensive data, for the operation is irreversible and the data can't be recovered) > click on "Erase Now" to permanently erase the selected files and folders.

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Method 2. Completely wipe everything on a hard drive

👍 "Erase hard drive" will help you wipe an entire hard drive. All the data information and traces on the hard drive will be permanently erased.

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Method 3. Erase deleted or formatted data only while keeping the exsisting data

The deleted or formatted data is stored on the unused disk space of your computer. "Erase Free Space" will erase the unused disk space of the hard drive and permanently clean up all deleted or erase fromatted sensive data on the hard drive. It will not have any impact on the existing data on your hard drive.

👍 Steps to erase free disk space: switch to "Erase Free Space" to wipe free disk space > select the disk to erase free space > click "Erase Now" and the free space on selected disk will be erased.

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🔨 Physically destroying the hard drive is an option if you're dealing with particularly sensitive data or you want to be absolutely sure that no one can recover your information. This involves physically damaging the hard drive to the point where it's no longer usable. This could include drilling holes through the drive, smashing it with a hammer, or exposing it to high heat or extreme cold.

Final Thought

Protecting your sensitive data is crucial, and simply deleting files or formatting a drive is not enough to ensure that your data is permanently erased. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your sensitive data is securely erased and protected from prying eyes. It is recommended to erase all your unwanted private files immediately with Donemax Data Eraser, which won't cause any physical or logical damage to your storage device.

FAQs on erasing sensive data:

Follow the steps below to permanently to permanently destroy sensive data in Windows 11/10/8/7:
  1. Download and install Donemax Data Eraser for Windows.
  2. Launch the software and switch to Erase Files.
  3. Click Add to select the files and folders to erase.
  4. The file information will be listed.
  5. Click Erase Now.
  6. Then your sensive data will be permanently deleted.
NO. Unfortunately, simply deleting files or formatting a drive not enough to permanently erase sensitive data. Any one else has the chance to restore your deleted sensive files or restore documents from a formatted hard disk drive with a data recovery software. An expert-level data eraser software such as Donemax Data Eraser is one of the best choice to completely destroy the sensive data.
The answer is NO if erasing your sensive data with Donemax Data Eraser. It is 100% Safe to use and a secure data eraser, which won't cause any physical or logical damage and impact the disk's lifetime.
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Christina is the senior editor of Donemax software who has worked in the company for 4+ years. She mainly writes the guides and solutions about data erasure, data transferring, data recovery and disk cloning to help users get the most out of their Windows and Mac. She likes to travel, enjoy country music and play games in her spare time.

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