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Now for this week's topic from member Graham, who wants to reuse a few of his older hard drives as external drives; he wants to know what is the best way to not only wipe them clean of old data, but also clean any viruses/malware that maybe lingering.
Our members offered a lot of advice on how to reformat the drive, whether by using a software utility or another method that doesn't require additional software. As most members mention, performing a basic reformat simply isn't good enough; to properly ensure that all data and nasties are gone, a complete reformat is required.
There are many great answers to go around, so if you are contemplating on reusing one or more of your hard drives, give this week's answers a read. I'm sure after you've gone through them, you'll be in good shape to ensure that the data is removed and any lingering malware is wiped clean as well. If you have any additional methods of purging your data from hard drives, swing on by and post your recommendations. Thanks everyone for your contributions. Stay healthy and have a great weekend!