yup, just wiping the partition is not enough. (depending on desired level of "clean:)
Writing random 1's & 0"s repeatedly will do the job.
So will taking a hammer to the platters.
I have a Western Digital hard drive (PATA) that dates back to early 1999. It has thousands of hours on it. SMART indicates no big issues so far.
It serves as a "data drive" on Wife's computer.
Waste Not, Want Not (also applies to Beer ") )
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