Nowadays, data storage has become a lot cheaper than it used to be. As a result, you can buy an extra hard drive at literally low cost and get all the convenience you have been lacking in the past.

Indeed, data storage has multiplied and the cost has been minimized. So, this means that you can now get quality stuff of great capacity at reasonable price rates. Given the fact that hard drives are among the least durable parts of a computer, this is a blessing, to say the least!

However, many people do not have a clue as to how they can replace an old or damaged hard drive. The first thing that has to be taken care of is the proper encryption of the hard drive. You can do that by using FileVault, BitLocker or get it from Ubuntu settings.

Of course, you are far better off with a duplicate hard drive, in the form of backup. You can back up all your data there or just have the most important stuff stored in safety. You may choose to get a second hard drive installed on your device or purchase an external hard drive.

No matter what you choose to do, though, do remember the encryption process – it is crucial for safety matters. If you are not careful, your used hard drive may end up being sold on the market at rather high price rates, due to the fact that it may contain personal information of yours.

In addition, used hard drives are preferable options to brand new from cybercriminals (reaching out for clues that can later be used to their best interest and profit) – of course, they are also cheap options for data storage.

After having done with your old hard drive, format it in a way that nothing is recognizable. You can succeed in your mission with the help of DiskWipe, Disk Utility or Gnome Disk Utility (respectively for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). After the format is over, overwrite the hard drive with zeros. This is going to add an extra layer of privacy to your soon-to-be-former device.

Last but not least, do not get rid of your old hard drive like you would have done everything else, throwing it in the garbage. On the contrary, head to the recycle bins that are available outside stores with electronics or at the local recycling station of yours. This will help with the environment, while enhancing your sense of privacy and anonymity!

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