How to Wipe/Erase a USB Flash Drive Completely

Do you want to sell a storage device, phone, or computer?

Do you know that even after formatting, anybody can access your data using a recovery software?

Are you looking for a way to wipe out your USB Flash Drive completely?

In this tutorial you will discover how to erase all the sectors in your flash drive (USB key, SD memory card, external hard drive) using the CCleaner utility.

You should know that this method is completely different from formatting, which is only a method to remove links to the data burned on the device, this method will fill the device with null values “0” several times, which will make the old data inaccessible!

Let’s go!

Erase a USB Flash Drive Completely with CCleaner

If you don’t have CCleaner Free then download it from here: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download

After you download and install CCleaner, launch it from the Desktop shortcut.

Go to “Tools” in the left menu.

Click on “Drive Wiper” under Tools and select your USB Flash Drive.

Set Wipe to “Entire Drive (All data will be erased)“.

In Security choose Simple, Advanced, or Complex Overwrite depending on the level of security you want your data to be wiped by.

Click on Wipe.

Type ERASE to confirm the process. Click “OK“.

Wait for a couple minutes…

There you have it!

You just learned how to wipe out a USB Flash Drive completely with CCleaner ;)

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment down below.

Thanks for sharing!



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