How to really erase any drive — even SSDs — in 2016

By Robin Harris, ZD Net

You may already know that “deleting” a file does nothing of the sort. Securely erasing drives before you sell a computer keeps your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Good news: it’s easier than ever to fully erase data. There are easier and safer methods for erasing hard drives – including SSDs – than 10 years ago. Windows has two easy methods and Mac OS X has another. They are built into the operating system and are free to use. But I also include another method for regulated industries or frequent erasures.

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