Reset Toshiba External Hard Drive

'I have a 1TB Toshiba external hard drive. My little sister asks me to give this external hard drive to her. Before I give this Toshiba external hard drive to here, I want to permanently delete my private data on the hard drive. I mean permanently erase the data on the Toshiba external hard drive, no chance for data recovery. How can I do that?' - Ammliy

For you who're using Toshiba hard drive to store your files aside from your PC/Mac internal storage, you must be known how good this file storage is. However, because of its good performance in saving your data, when it comes to erasing data permanently from Toshiba hard drive, you might find it wasn't easy. You might just try to delete your files all formatting the hard drive, but somehow the data isn't permanently deleted. You still can recover the data using some easy method you found on the internet.

No matter what brands of devices you are using such as WD Elements external hard drive, Seagate external hard drive, SanDisk or Toshiba hard disks, etc, just follow this article to get your problem solved with the provided methods here now. It only takes three steps to recover Toshiba hard drive data. Select the Toshiba HDD, click the scan button, and recover wanted data. It is easy to retrieve files from a Toshiba hard drive. Follow this guide for Toshiba HDD recovery.

But you shouldn't worry anymore because, in this article, I'll show you how to erase data from your Toshiba hard drive permanently with only doing few simple clicks on your mouse. More importantly, by following this method it's guaranteed that your Toshiba hard drive will not be broken. This method only permanently erase all your private data on the Toshiba hard drive, external hard drive, HDD/SSD, it will not affect the service life of the hard drive.

Toshiba hard drive data erasure software

What we're gonna do on this method is using a data erasure software - AweEraser. AweEraser provides you the ability to erase single data/files permanently, even you can erase all the data from your hard drive permanently without being worried your hard drive could be damaged. And what makes it better than other similar software is that it works perfectly with both Windows and Mac. Just download it here:

Once it's downloaded and installed on your PC or Mac, AweEraser should run automatically. Next thing to do is connecting your Toshiba hard drive to your PC/Mac, and make sure it will not be disconnected while you're erasing the data. Now simply open the software and you should see three options of Data erasure on your screen. AweEraser offers three options for you to permanently erase data from Toshiba hard drive.

Three options to permanently erase data from Toshiba hard drive

Option 1: erase files from Toshiba hard drive

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By using Erase Files, you can choose any files/folders you want to delete permanently from your Toshiba hard drive. I recommend you to choose this data erasure option if you want to delete some of your files/folders, instead of permanently delete all of them. Just choose the files/folders you want to erase, and click the 'Erase' button on the bottom of the screen. Wait until the process is done, and the files/folders you choose is gone forever.

Option 2: wipe Toshiba hard drive

‘Erase Hard Drive' allow you to permanently erase/delete all the data stored on your Toshiba hard drive. It's the best data erasure option if you want to simply wipe all the data stored on your Toshiba hard drive. To erase your Toshiba hard drive, you only need to click on Erase Hard Drive and you will the list of all the hard drives or storage devices which are connected to your computer. Choose your Toshiba hard drive, and then click 'Erase' button on the bottom of the screen. Just wait until the process is done. Once it's done, all the data on your hard drive are erased permanently.

Option: erase free space of Toshiba hard drive

The last option is Erase Free Space which allows you to erase already deleted data on your Toshiba hard drive. For example, if you already deleted some files/folders on your hard drive but you're not sure whether it's deleted permanently or not, then you can use Erase Free Space to make sure it's erased permanently.

Those are three data erasure options you can use if you're using AweEraser, there's no other similar software that offers the same features. It is the best tool which can help you erase data from Toshiba hard drive, beyond the scope of data recovery.

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Reset Toshiba External Hard Drive

While most external hard drives are already designed to work for Windows computers, there are times when you need to reformat one. You might want a drive that works with Macs and PCs, or maybe you want to partition it, which will split it up into two different formats. Here’s how to format an external hard drive for Windows 10 or partition it.

How to Format a Hard Drive for Windows 10

Note: Formatting your drive will erase all the existing files on it. So if your external hard drive already has important files on it, make sure to back them up before proceeding.

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  1. Connect your external hard drive to a Windows computer. If your external hard drive is working, your computer will automatically detect it, and the drive will appear under Devices and Drives next to your internal drives in the This PC window. You can also find it in the left sidebar of File Explorer.

    Note: If you already used your external hard drive on a PC, be sure to back up any files on it. Formatting your drive will wipe out all the data in it.

  2. Right-click on the external hard drive and click Format.
  3. Choose a format under File System. By default, Windows computers will choose NTFS (New Technology File System) for you because that’s the native Microsoft filing system. But if you want the external hard drive to also work on a Mac, you should choose exFAT.

    Note: The exFAT file system only works on Mac 10.6.5 or later, and Windows XP SP3 or later.

  4. Check the Quick Format box, and click Start. Depending on the size of the drive, and if there are files to be deleted in it, this can take a few to several minutes to finish.
  5. Click OK when the Format Complete pop-up screen appears.

Now you have a hard drive formatted for Windows, but what if you wanted to use it with Mac computers also? One easy way to have a hard drive that works with Mac and Windows is by partitioning it. This means you’re splitting the drive into two formats, one for Mac and one for PC. Here’s how to do that:

How to Partition an External Drivein Windows 10

  1. Open the Windows search box, type “diskmgmt.msc,” and hit enter. The Windows Search Box is the magnifying button icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Right-click on your external hard drive and select Shrink Volume. If this option is not available to you, reformat the drive to NTFS and try again.
  3. Enter an amount of space that you want to shrink your volume by. The remaining space will be displayed in megabytes.
  4. Then click Shrink. This will split the hard drive, with one part becoming unallocated space.
  5. Right-click the unallocated space on your drive and select New Simple Volume.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Then indicate how big you want the partition to be. If you want to use the rest of the space, enter the maximum disk space indicated above it. Then click Next.
  8. Next, choose what drive letter you want to use. Letters that have already been assigned to other drives will not be on this list, so don’t worry if there are missing letters. Just choose among the drive letters still available.
  9. Go to File System and choose a format. Windows will choose NTFS for you because that’s Microsoft’s native filing system. But if you want the external hard drive to also work on a Mac, you should choose exFAT, which is an upgraded version of FAT32.

    Note: The exFAT file system only works on Mac 10.6.5 or later, and Windows XP SP3 or later.

  10. Check the Quick Format box, and click Next.
  11. Finally, click Finish. If a pop-up appears telling you to format the disk, click Format Disk. After that, the newly formatted disk will open automatically.

Recover Toshiba External Hard Drive

Partitioning your external hard drive will enable you to perform tasks in one section without affecting the rest of the drive. If you want to know how to format a hard drive for Mac, check out our previous article here.

External Toshiba Hard Drive Recovery

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