Recover Data from SD Card Formatted as Internal Storage

As SD cards are becoming affordable by the day, many users use SD card as an internal storage, especially on Android devices. It is perfect for storing photos, video files, music, and also as backup storage for saving data. SD card is mostly used for internal storage to increase the internal memory of the device because the device’s internal memory is less. Although SD cards are reliable, there are times when they pose problems when used as internal storage.

When SD card is formatted or factory reset of the device is performed, the data present in the SD card used as internal storage gets erased. You lose a lot of important files under such a circumstance. Then you have to go about looking for a solution to recover data from SD card formatted as internal storage. Don’t worry, we are here to help you out with it.

A few solutions to restore data from SD card formatted as internal storage is mentioned. Go through them:

Solution 1: Run CHKDSK if the SD card is not formatted

This method is applicable only when you have not formatted the SD card. Suppose you face any issue when installing SD card as internal storage, then you can run CHKDSK command. Internal storage or (adopted storage) is risky as the card might fail frequently. With an unencrypted SD card, you can run CHKDSK to fix the problem and access files present on the card

Solution 2: Use SD Card Data Recovery software

Suppose you have formatted SD card as internal storage and lost files from it, then you can restore erased data from it using a reliable Card Recovery software. Yodot Card Recovery tool is an efficient software which will get back files from formatted SD card with ease. Erased photos, music files, video files, and other data from the SD card will be recovered in just a few simple steps. Also, when you get the error message like SD card not formatted, when SD card becomes inaccessible, corrupted or turns RAW, you can use this program to recover files.

The tool not only retrieves files from SD card, but it also recovers media files from other storage mediums like hard drives, pen drives, memory sticks, external USB drives, digital cameras and camcorders, Android phone’s memory cards, and so on. Most importantly, it has a user-friendly interface which makes the recovery process easy even for a new user.

How to Disable Write Protection in SD Card?

Why am I getting an error “The disk is write-protected” when I try to transfer files to my SD card? How to fix this problem?”

An SD card’s write permissions are configured if it is “Write Protected”. Thus, nobody can erase, modify or move any data on to a write-protected SD card; unless you disable its Write Protection.

Typically, Write Protection comes into picture when an SD card’s data is to be protected from unauthorized access. This Write Protection mechanism offers SD card data security against third-party access (unwanted access).

But sometimes, an SD card becomes Write Protected medium without user involvement (unintentionally) as mentioned in above case, due to cards internal system glitches, errors/bugs, virus, improper handling etc. Hence, it shows “The disk is write protected” error when the user tries to move any file onto it.

And, the user cannot access the write-protected SD card to move new files to it or to edit existing data present on it. Hence, it is essential to disable write protection in SD card to access the card further.

How to Disable Write Protection in SD Card?

Technique1# Use Toggle Switch to Disable Write Protection in SD Card

Every SD card (nearly) has a toggle side switch which acts as a lock for the card. When this toggle switch is present at the bottom side, it locks (write protects) the SD card and prevents you from accessing it (for writing data on to it).

So, check the position of toggle/lock switch of your SD card. If it is facing (located) at the bottom, slide it to the top in order to unlock (disable write protection).

Technique2# Change SD Card Properties to Disable its Write Protection

Step 1: Connect the write-protected SD card to a working computer.

Step 2: Right-click on the SD card and select Properties.

Step 3:  Next, choose Security option.

Step 4: Set access to Everyone in Group or user names category.

Step 5: Go to Permissions for Everyone tab.

Step 6: Deactivate Deny option located under Write.

Step 7: Apply the recent changes and hit the OK button.

Technique3# Use Command Prompt to Disable SD Card Write Protection

Step 1: Go to Start and launch Command Prompt (as administrator).

Step 2: Type diskpart and press Enter key.

Step 3: Next, type list disk and hit Enter.

Step 4: Type select disk SD card drive letter and click on Enter button.

Step 5: Type attributes disk clear readonly and hit Enter key.

Step 6: Type quit command and press Enter.

Technique4# Use “regedit” and Disable SD Card Write Protection

Step 1: Go to Start, type Run and hit Enter key.

Step 2: Next, type regedit and press OK button.

Step 3: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies path in appeared window.

Step 4: If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies folder, create it by right-clicking on Control. Select New, then Key. Name it as StorageDevicePolicies.

Step 5: Now, right-click on StorageDevicePolicies and select New.

Step 6: Opt DWORD Value and name it as WriteProtect.

Step 7: Double-click on Write Protect and change its Value Data to 0.

Step 8: Click on the OK option and close the Registry Editor.

In few cases (rare), users cannot access the write-protected SD card even after disabling its Write Protection. This generally happens when the SD card’s file system is damaged. And, corrupted/damaged SD card file system prevents the user from accessing it.

Hence, copy entire data from the write-protected SD card onto the computer and format the card using Disk Management later. If you are unable to even copy files from write-protected SD card, then grab Yodot Card Recovery.

The tool can assuredly get back data from write-protected SD card; infect it can even recover encrypted files from SD card. Not just protected SD card, the tool efficiently helps you when you are facing SD card blank or unsupported file system, the card needs to be formatted, SD card is inaccessible or any error.

Along with SD card, the program aids in restoring data from HDD, external drive, USB, memory, SDHC, TF, CF etc. So, take benefit of this effectual software and recover files from your Write Protected SD card. Later, you can format the SD card for further use (if you insist).

 

How to Repair Corrupted SD Card Via CHKDSK?

Now, you don’t have to bother about the internal storage of your phone or camera; thanks to SD cards! You can store any of your data like photos, movies, music, audio files, documents, contacts and lot more on an SD card.

But, the typical problem a user may face in the long run of SD cards is “corruption”. Generally, an SD card gets corrupted due to various reasons like,

  • Mishandling the SD card (removing abruptly, usage of the same card on several devices)
  • Improper formatting (trying to abort accidental format action, formatting card on incompatible device)
  • Unexpected power fluctuations/interruptions while using SD card to transfer data
  • Virus infection on SD card

When an SD card gets corrupted due to any reason, it turns into a serious issue, particularly if you have stored important files and folders on it.

But, you don’t have to worry. It is possible to fix corrupted SD card.

In my case, I used CHKDSK (a Windows repair tool available for checking and fixing the integrity of drives) to repair my corrupted SD card; and I felt it’s a good rally round.

Hence, I have explained how to repair corrupted SD card via CHKDSK in this editorial. Give a try and check whether this helps you too for fixing corrupted SD card.

Caution: If the severity of corruption is high on your SD card then running CHKDSK can’t assure recovery of the corrupted SD card data. So, if you have any important (very crucial) data saved on the corrupted SD card then grab Yodot Card Recovery immediately before running CHDSK.

The tool can recover files from corrupted SD card with 100% assurance. Not just corrupted SD card, even you can try this software to get back data after SD card blank or unsupported file system error, SD card fatal error, computer unable to read the card error, the folder is empty error, SD card is damaged try reformatting it error and more.

How to Repair Corrupted SD Card Via CHKDSK?

Step 1: Connect your SD card to a working Windows computer using card reader or USB.

Step 2: Go to This PC (in newer Windows versions) or My Computer. Note the drive letter of your corrupted SD card.

Step 3: Next, go to Start menu, select All Programs, Accessories and open Command Prompt. (Launch Command Prompt directly from Cortana in Windows 8.1 and 10 editions).

Step 4: Type chkdsk [SD card drive letter]: /r and hit Enter key.

Step 5: Wait for the completion of corrupted SD card fixing process.

The fixing process takes time depending on the severity of SD card corruption and storage size (also saved data) of the card. Once the repair process gets completed, quit the Command Prompt, and check the fixed SD card.

In case, the SD card corruption is too severe, and CHKDSK fails to fix the corrupted SD card, then you need to format the card. But, ensure that you have got all files and folders from corrupted SD card before you format it.

3 Ways to Recover Almost Anything from SD Card!

No one will be having a pre-thought that a tiny piece of plastic (+ metal) might cause a huge misery one day. But, this is what exactly happens when we come across unexpected hard times.

Yes! It does not matter, whether you accidentally deleted files saved on the SD card or it is the card that gets corrupted/damaged due to any reason. In the end, it’s you who feel the pain.

Gratefully, restoring those important files which are lost or deleted from SD card is possible. In fact, it’s not just possible, but it’s even simpler now. Wondering how?

Here Are 3 Easy Ways to Recover Almost Anything from SD Card!

Way 1: Recover SD Card Files from Backup

It’s true that deleted (by hard delete or formatting) files from SD card neither goes to Recycle Bin or Trash nor present on camera (if external SD card files are deleted while using it in camera).

But, it’s not impossible to retrieve those deleted files from SD card if you think peacefully for a minute. Yes, every SD card user has a habit of backing up entire (at least important ones) files from the card onto the computer or any other external storage drive.

So, have you ever created any backup of your SD card data before the data loss/deletion event happen? Try to remember! Look into your computer as well external storage medium thoroughly. If you find a backup copy of your SD card data, then you are saved!

Just go through the backup and restore required files (SD card) from it.

Way 2: Repair Your SD Card Using CHKDSK or Disk Management

In case, your SD card is not readable, it is showing different errors, its corrupted, its detected but not allowing you to access its data etc. then you need to repair the SD card in order to access it.

Here is an easy way to repair SD card (both Windows and OS X).

How to Repair SD Card in Windows?

Step 1: Connect the SD card to a working Windows computer.

Step 2: Launch Command Prompt (Run as administrator).

Step 3: Type chkdsk [SD card drive letter]: /r and press Enter key.

Step 4: Wait for the completion of SD card repair process.

How to Repair SD Card on Mac?

Step 1: Hold Command and Space keys and launch Spotlight.

Step 2: Search and open Disk Utility.

Step 3: In the Disk Utility wizard, select the connected SD card.

Step 4: Choose First Aid option.

Step 5: Hit Run button to check the selected SD card.

If Disk Utility finds any issue, it shows them.

Step 6: Opt Yes and proceed, when Disk Utility asks permission to fix issues.

Way 3: SD Card Recovery

If none of the above techniques helped you then the last and ultimate option is to try Yodot Card Recovery. SD card recovery isn’t about spending some pennies on a piece of plastic, but it all about saving your irreplaceable memories stored on the card. And, Yodot does this job perfectly.

It is the recommended solution when you are worried about your SD card data. It best fits for SanDisk, Kingston, Samsung, Lexar, Toshiba, Transcend or any brand of SD cards. It has a simple step by step procedure that helps you to recover almost anything from SD card. It has cutting-edge recovery algorithms which efficiently restores SD card files in less time with no difficulty. The tool supports the recovery of 300 file types. Apart from SD card data recovery, you can even recover files, videos, audios, photos from Memory Stick Pro Duo, SDHC, Micro SD, Mini SD, CF, xD, MMC, HDD, external hard drive, flash drive, USB or any other storage medium.

The software can be easily installed on all versions of Windows system including Windows 10. Also, Mac OS X compatible edition of this tool is available.

So, Here Are Steps to Recover Almost Anything from SD Card:

Step 1: Install and run Yodot Card Recovery software on your computer.

Step 2: Connect the SD card to that computer via USB or card reader.

Step 3: On the main window opt for Lost Photo Recovery option.

Step 4: Select the attached SD card from the list of shown drives/partitions.

Step 5: Select specific file types to recover (if you wish) else Skip this step.

Step 6: After a quick scan, entire data saved on your SD card will be shown.

Step 7: Mark your required files in Data View or File Type View. Enable Show Deleted to view only deleted data.

Step 8: Preview media files and save recovered data to the system drive.

Outlook Unknown Error 0x80040119 – Solved

Outlook has both advantages and disadvantages. You will get satisfied with the features it gives you to handle both personal and organizational work, at the same time you will get irritated by its annoying error message that appears while working on it.  There are different kinds of errors that halt your work on Outlook. Here I will show you methods to fix a common error i.e.  an unknown error 0x80040119 which you might struggle to fix it.

The error message would appear like this:

An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040119

Reasons Behind Outlook Error 0x80040119:

  • Damaged Outlook data files
  • Incorrectly configured Outlook

These two are main causes for Outlook Error 0x80040119. It may also appear due to oversized PST files, a problem in connecting to the network server, Windows registry corruption, etc.

How to Overcome Outlook Unknown Error 0x80040119?

Let’s start with damaged Outlook data files, if your PST file is corrupted, then you need to fix it so that you can open your Outlook without any error. And, you will get a solution within MS Outlook i.e. Inbox Repair Tool, to fix damaged Outlook PST files. Here are the steps to use Inbox Repair Tool-

  • Close Outlook and go to Program Files
  • Locate Scanpst and click on it
  • When it opens, browse for the corrupted PST file
  • And, hit START button to begin scanning of your PST file
  • After completion of scanning process, it displays errors (If it finds any)
  • Then, click on Repair button
  • The process will take time depending on number of issues

After repairing your PST file, try to open it. If you fail to fix corrupted Outlook data files using built-in repair tool, you can also use third-party software. I will recommend Yodot PST Repair tool as it fixes Outlook data files without modifying original PST file. Get it on your computer and do as follows-

  • Select corrupted PST file using one of the following option- Open PST File, Find PST File, Select Outlook Profile
  • Next, choose scanning method and location to save repaired PST file
  • Click on Repair button and wait for the process to gets completed.
  • After completion, save it

The tool can also be used to fix Outlook error 0x80040600. Not just this, it even helps to recover deleted Outlook attributes.

If fixing PST file doesn’t help you to solve the error, reinstall your Outlook. Or else, ensure that Outlook data files are connected to Exchange mail server. If any of the factors are not responsible for the error, then check whether any problem in Windows Registry. If there, then don’t edit your Windows Registry on your own as it is risky. So, contact Outlook and Windows experts to handle the situation.

Fix S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad Backup and Replace Error

Encountered the error message – “S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace” error? Asked to press F1 to resume? This error message indicates that the hard drive is going to fail or has already failed. The S.M.A.R.T. system monitors the health of the hard disk drive and reports any problems if any. So as an early warning, it gives you time to backup important data before the hard drive could fail.

Important: Suppose after pressing F1, if the computer boots, then immediately back up all important files and folders on the system, and look for additional help/replacement of the drive. Suppose after pressing F1 if the computer doesn’t boot, then certain files required to boot the system may be corrupted. You need to boot from another disk. After booting, if the files are accessible then you can move them to an alternate location.

You might wonder if it is fine to use the hard drive after getting S.M.A.R.T. error. Well, S.M.A.R.T. system is designed to detect the hard drive failure. It is fine to use the hard drive, however, if you are still under warranty, then it is recommended to replace the drive. S.M.A.R.T. errors should be taken seriously.

So how to disable S.M.A.R.T. status bad backup and replace error?

You can encounter S.M.A.R.T. error in the internal hard drive, external hard drive, and also in SSD drive. S.M.A.R.T. is also called as the SMART SELF TEST. So S.M.A.R.T. error can be disabled from the BIOS. However, many manufacturers don’t agree with disabling the error. If you are not worried about data present in the drive, then you can disable the error.

Here is how to fix the error:

  • The first step is to reboot the system. After reboot, press F2 key
  • Now follow this path – Advanced – SMART settings – SMART self-test – Disabled

This setting is enabled by default. That’s it; S.M.A.R.T. error will be disabled now. However, we tell you once again that you need to backup data regularly because you might lose all your data after S.M.A.R.T. error. This error means that the hard drive can crash anytime, so you need to take precaution early on. Sometimes you might want to recover the backup that is been made. Under such a situation, you can use a Hard Drive Recovery tool to restore files from the hard drive. Also, data recovery after hard drive crash, failure, when drive turns RAW, etc., can be done with the help of Hard Drive Recovery tool.

Fix – The Drive where Windows is Installed is Locked

Whenever you get an error message in Windows, or if something goes wrong, you immediately refresh or restart the computer to fix the issue. However, sometimes, you would find this dreaded blue screen error message – “The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again”.

This error usually occurs in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It happens when an important system file is corrupted or goes missing. Maybe after Windows OS upgrade, BCD file might be corrupted. Whatever the reason may be, you can fix the error – ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’. Here are a few methods listed:

Fix 1: Refresh computer

  • Restart your system
  • Now boot from the Windows 10, 8, or 8.1 installation media (DVD or USB drive)
  • Next click Repair your computer
  • Now click on Troubleshoot followed by Refresh your PC
  • Follow the instructions to complete the process

Fix 2: Disconnect additional hard drives

Many Windows users have observed that ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’ error occurs when there is more than one hard drive on the PC. You have to disconnect the additional hard drives to see if this fixes the problem. Remove the additional hard drive and check if the problem is solved.

Fix 3: Check if hard drive is connected properly

Sometimes, when your hard disk drive is not connected properly, even when you receive this error message. So make sure that the hard drive is properly connected. Just open the computer case locate hard drive, and see if the cables are connected tightly. Also, see if the hard disk is connected to the motherboard properly.

Fix 4: Fix Boot records

There are times when ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’ error occurs due to the corruption of BCD file in Windows. You can fix this issue using bootrec.

  • Insert Windows installation media and reboot your computer
  • In the install screen, click on Repair your computer feature
  • Go to Troubleshoot – Advanced Options – Automatic Repair – Command Prompt
  • Now type the following in command prompt

bootrec /RebuildBcd

bootrec /fixMbr

bootrec /fixboot

  • After running these commands, reboot your system
  • Now check if the error message is fixed

Hopefully one of these methods should fix the error ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’. Suppose the error is still not fixed in spite of trying all these, then Windows system repair disk can be used to fix the issue. Also, sometimes if you go wrong with any step during the fixing process, then there are chances of losing data from Windows drive. Don’t worry, under such a situation you can make use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool to recover data. Suppose you have performed Diskpart CLEAN on Windows and lost data, even then you can recover data after Diskpart Clean with the help of this software. Apart from this, the tool also comes handy to restore files after hard drive crash, repartition, corruption, etc.

Tutorial to Repair Disk and File System Problems on Your Mac

You don’t have to bother about repairing disk permissions in latest versions of Mac OS X. But, if you are running an earlier OS X on your Mac then, you should solve disk and file system problems on your own.

But, definitely this is not going to be a tougher job since, Mac OS X has a range of tools starting from First Aid to “fsck” for fixing the disk, partition, and file system issues.

So, in this editorial, I have explained how to repair disk and file system problems on your Mac in simple ways.

  1. Launch Mac in Safe Mode

The simplest way to fix disk and file system errors on your Mac is to boot the machine in Safe Mode. Safe Mode/Safe Boot encloses an automatic startup check and repair mechanism. Thus, your several problems will get resolved when a Mac is booted in Safe Mode.

To boot your Mac into Safe Mode,

  • Restart the Machine and hold Shift key (during Mac boot)
  • Sign in with essential password and Mac starts to check the disks
  • This login process takes more time compared to the normal boot action, so take a break
  • If you are logged in and can see the desktop, then it says the check is done
  • Now, you can reboot your Macintosh as usual
  1. Try First Aid

Mac Disk Utility consists a First Aid option. This First Aid performs a disk health check on your Mac system. Apple updated this feature (interface) in El Capitan yet it’s working mechanism remained same.

So, how to use First Aid to repair disk and file system problems on Mac?

Step 1: Hit Command and Space keys together to open Spotlight.

Step 2: Type Disk Utility and click on Enter button.

Step 3: In the Disk Utility wizard, choose the disk or volume you want to check.

Step 4: Click on First Aid button.

Step 5: Choose Run option to check the selected disk for errors.

Step 6: If Disk Utility finds any error, it shows a list of found issues. You can use Show Details option to view detailed information about the error that came up.

Step 7: Next, Disk Utility will ask your permission to automatically fix the found issues. Proceed and fix them.

If you see messages like “Storage system check exit code is 0” and “Filesystem check exit code is 0” then it indicates, no errors are found (code “0” is a good sign).

  1. Try First Aid in Recovery Mode

In some cases, Mac fails to find and repair disk or file system issues when you boot it into Safe Mode. This is due to the “live mode”. The check runs in live mode, examines the disk meanwhile the OS X is running from it. Thus, the check cannot make changes to the system drive.

So, the solution now is to boot the Mac in Recovery Mode and then try First Aid, using Disk Utility in the same way as mentioned above.

To boot Mac in Recovery Mode,

  • Hold Command and R keys while your Mac is booting
  • Release the keys when you see a progress bar
  • This loads your Mac directly in Recovery Mode

If you can’t reach Recovery Mode then, reboot the Mac again and repeat the same steps.

Once you entered into Recovery Mode, run Fist Aid using the second method.

  1. Try fsck in Single-User Mode

You need to boot the Mac into single-user mode and try the fsck (file system check) command if First Aid in Recovery Mode (or any other technique) won’t help you to fix the problems.

To run fsck command in Single-User Mode,

  • Restart your Mac and press Command + S (when it’s booting) buttons to reach Single-User Mode.
  • Type /sbin/fsck –fy and hit Enter key to run file system check
  • Wait for some time

After the check, you will see either “** The X (volume name) appears to be OK” or “***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****” message.

  • If you see “FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED” message then it indicates, fsck found and fixed problems
  • Run fsck until you see “the volume appears to be OK” message twice
  • Finally, type Reboot and press Enter
  • The Mac reboots and gives you the typical login screen.

In case, if you fail to repair disk and file system problems on your Mac via any of the above techniques and the Mac machine is failing to function normally then it seems your disk is nearby to the deadline.

Therefore, hurry up. Backup entire data from your drive onto a safe external device. If you cannot backup your files, then try Yodot Mac Data Recovery. The tool can effortlessly restore files from MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc. and 100% compatible with all versions of Mac OS X. Never lose your precious data due to any issue that made your Mac fail. You cannot recreate them, once they are gone!

Tutorial: How to Securely Erase a Mac SSD?

If you are planning to sell your Mac or giving it to a third person for permanent use, then you must erase the hard drive first. This is how you can prevent your data falling into wide of the mark hands.

In case, you are using a newer Mac with an SSD, then you have to take extra care.

You can easily ensure in several ways that data saved on your traditional hard drive is securely deleted. But, they do not really help if you have an SSD. As your SSD won’t fall into the category of a hard drive.

About Securely Erasing SSD:

If your Mac comes with an SSD, Apple’s Disk Utility won’t let you to securely erase the SSD. Yes, Secure Erase and Erasing Free Space options are not available in Mac Disk Utility.

People say these options are not required for an SSD since a standard erase itself is enough potential to make SSD data recovery hard. And, some says securely erasing an SSD, can cause wear and tear on its memory cells which affect the drive’s reliability and performance.

Leaving all these discussions, if you just want to securely erase free space on your SSD then here are two different ways you can try.

Before you getting started with it, let me tell something that “this is not really needed; as Apple itself made so hard to secure erase an SSD. But, if you are set on it then, give a second thought to your mind and proceed.

How to Securely Erase a Mac SSD?

Method 1: Steps to Securely Erase a Mac SSD from Terminal

Step 1: Open Applications folder and switch to Utilities folder.

Step 2: Run the Terminal application.

Step 3: Type diskutil secureErase freespace VALUE /Volumes/DRIVE and hit Enter key

Note: Type a number between 0 and 4 in place of VALUE. 0 for single-pass run of zeroes, 1 for single-pass run of random numbers, 2 for 7-pass erase, 3 for 35-pass erase, and 4 for 3-pass erase. Replace DRIVE with the name of your SSD. To run a 7-pass erase in “Peters-Macbook”, use diskutil secureErase freespace 2 /Volumes/Peters-Macbook code.

And if, there is a space in the name of your drive, use a backslash instead of each space (for instance to denote Mac Drive -> Mac\ Drive).

Method 2: Steps to Securely Erase a Mac SSD Using Disk Utility

Step 1: Reboot Mac, hold the OPTION key and select Recovery partition.

Step 2: Next, in OS X Utilities menu click on Disk Utility.

Step 3: Select the SSD primary partition and choose Erase option.

Step 4: Under Format, opt for Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted).

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Step 5: Hit Erase button, and set encryption password.

Step 6: Wait till your drive gets erased and encrypted. It takes time, depending on type, size, and speed of the drive.

Step 7: Next opt Disk Utility and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Now, Erase Free Space and Security Options are accessible (they are not grayed out).

Step 8: Click on Security Options and select 35-Pass Erase.

Step 9: Hit the OK button and wait until completion of the process.

How to Permanently Erase Files On a Mac SSD?

Let’s say you want to give or sell your Mac to someone, but you are worried about the security of your sensitive data saved on it. Even though you have deleted files from Mac and even emptied Trash, the erased data can be retrieved luckily (or unfortunately?) with the help of data recovery technology.

Thus, you want to permanently delete files from your Mac, as you don’t want the person who uses your Mac further to retrieve your data.

But, now we are at 2017 and is it still the same condition we are in? Of course not! It’s the era of SSDs (Solid State Drives). Now, most of newly put up Mac computers have built-in SSDs or Fusion Drives (some iMac prototypes), rather than traditional hard disk drives (HDD).

There is a valid reason for Apple adopting new SSDs in place of HDD; it’s due to the advantages of SSDs over HDDs. And, the same reflects when it comes to deletion of files on macOS depending on whether your Mac is using a traditional HDD or a brand new SSD. How? Well, here you go.

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Little effort is more than enough to completely remove files from your Mac if you are using an SSD. This is due to the way a Solid-State Drive works. SSDs function pretty different, when compared to traditional hard disk drives.

Specifically, Solid State Drives use TRIM command. This is to overcome the slowdown times that normal spinning hard drives experience. Trim allows Mac to instantaneously wipe unused data blocks, which created once you erase files on the Mac by emptying Trash, or using Command and Del or Command + Opt + Backspace keys. This technique not only speeds up the data access process but, also makes it impossible for anyone to restore deleted files from the Mac SSD.

How to Permanently Erase Files On a Mac SSD?

Step 1: Drag files that you want to delete permanently into the Trash folder.

Step 2: Later, empty the Trash folder completely.

That’s it. If you are running El Capitan or macOS Sierra, then you will have a new feature Delete Immediately. And, this allows you to bypass Trash to delete items faster than before. However, if you are still concerned about deleted files (if you doubt they can be recovered), then use any drive wiper application available online. Permanently erasing files from Mac SSD is quite easy and simple thing to do. However, I want to recap that before you proceed to permanently erase files on Mac SSD, ensure that you are removing those files which you really don’t want. And, never forget to back up important files too!