Efficient way to erase flash drives, external drives, etc in large quanties?
Posted on 2011-03-18
As flash and external drives become cheaper and cheaper, we are going through them pretty quickly and some of them contain (or did contain) important data (or backups of that data). How are you all dealing with that? After a certain number of uses (or time in use) we typically swap out for new equipment because they are so cheap but we are ending up with lots of drives we would like to use for less critical purposes but want to get the information off first.
The answer might be different for externals and flash drives, but is the answer to have a few machines whose whole purpose is to run several passes on these types of drives to wipe them or what are you all doing (small to medium size companies without big resources).