Do you know to reformat an external drive you want to sell on 10.9.3?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Hieveryone, May 18, 2014.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

    Apr 11, 2014
    I have a thumb drive I'm selling but want to completely erase everything on it so nothing is recoverable. How do I do it?
  2. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    If you want a secure solution, try this:

    Formatting just tells the OS that the data is no longer there; it doesn't actually remove the data. You need to overwrite it with zeros or random data to make it unrecoverable. Of course, this method isn't perfect and may leave some data recoverable in bad sectors, etc., but you would need pretty specialized tools to find it and it would be of limited usefulness to an attacker.

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