Wipe Hard Drive Data

You may receive error messages like “error=0×40 {UncorrectableError}”, “CRC” or “Cyclic Redundancy Error” and others that suggest that your hard drive have bad sectors. If some of your files are missing, unreadable or corrupt, it may be a cause of bad sectors. Before discussing about the bad sectors let us first know what sectors are. Sectors are the smallest storage units on the hard drive. A bad sector is a sector on the disk from which data cannot be written or read due to a physical damage on disk. When this happens, the data in those sectors may be lost, but the data on the rest of the disk is unaffected and the disk is still usable. As kind of instance happens we start finding answer to question like is it possible to repair bad sectors from hard drive if i wipe the drive completely? There are several causes for bad sectors on hard drives. They are:

  • Physical damage or shock
  • Faulty drive head
  • Head crash
  • Abrupt power shutdowns and disruptions during read-write operations
  • If the hard disk experiences a strong jerk, the platter can be damaged, which might in turn create bad sectors.
  • Excessive generation of heat in the PC
  • Improper ventilation settings.

In each of the above stated scenarios, chances of heavy data loss are high. So, if you are facing any of the symptoms of hard drive failure due to bad sectors, then simply backup each of the important files on some other drive. Bad sectors cannot be repaired, but the solution available to the problem is to mark them as unusable. Once marked as unusable, the operating system will not store data in those bad sectors. Disk erasing or wiping hard disk is deleting the contents of the hard drive permanently. There are number of disk wiping tools that permanently delete each and every file but, it does not repair the bad sectors.

If you encounter any bad sector problem on the disk it is advisable that you immediately stop working on the drive and backup all the important data to avoid further data loss. But if your hard drive hangs repeatedly or you get a blank screen, the best choice would be to consult a data recovery specialist to recover your valuable data.

This application will wipe USB drive of different types such as pen drive, external hard drive, SSD drive, memory cards, etc. on Windows of different versions such as Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista, etc. By usage of this application any of you can shred files from any storage device using 9 shredding pattern. Each one of them are Fast Zero Overwrite, Random Overwrite, US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M), US Navy, NAVSO P-5239-26-RLL, North Atlantic Treaty Organization – NATO standard, German: VSITR, DOD Standard 5220.28 STD, Peter Gutmann Secure Deletion, and US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) + Gutmann method. We generally make use of this software so that after giving or offering any storage device to anyone no data snooping or eavesdropping can happen.

Steps to Wipe Computer Hard Drive Data:

Step 1: After download, install is completed on the drive you can launch the software to open its "Welcome Screen", as shown in Figure 1.

Is it Possible to Repair Bad Sectors from Hard Drive, if I Wipe the Drive Completely - Welcome Screen

Figure 1: Welcome Screen

Step 2: On the Welcome Screen select hard drive and click on Next button. On next window select wiping method as shown in Figure 2.

Is it Possible to Repair Bad Sectors from Hard Drive, if I Wipe the Drive Completely - Select Hard Drive

Figure 2: Select Hard Drive

Step 3: At last when you select sanitization method and press proceed as shown in Figure 3, wiping of data starts on flash drive.

Is it Possible to Repair Bad Sectors from Hard Drive, if I Wipe the Drive Completely - Wiping Process

Figure 3: Wiping Process