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What should you do before you sell or trade in your Mac computer? The first thing comes into mind is erasing all sensitive data in it. But, do you know how to permanently erase data on Mac? Don’t worry, in this article, we will show you how to permanently erase data on a Mac and show you the best data erasure solution for latest macOS Monterey.

Method 1. Format and erase hard drive on macOS Monterey with Disk Utility

If you want to fast format a hard drive on macOS Monterey, use Disk Utility. To format your hard drive, follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1. Connect your hard drive to your Mac.

Step 2. Launch Disk Utility and choose the hard drive you want to erase.

Step 3. Click the Erase. Change the drive's name and select a different file system.

Step 4. Click the Erase button a second time, and Disk Utility will safely erase and format your hard drive.

Permanently erase data on macOS Monterey

If you want to erase data from startup disk, you should restart your Mac in recovery mode and then use Disk Utility to erase the startup disk/reinstall macOS. However, the Disk Utility tool can not permanently destroy your data. With right data recovery software, you still can recover lost data from the hard drive which is erased by Disk Utility.

Related article: recover deleted or lost data after upgrading to macOS Monterey.

Method 2. Permanently erase data on macOS Monterey with Data Eraser

macOS Monterey’s Disk Utility has an option to fast format a hard drive. However, data that has been formatted or wiped from a hard drive can be recovered using data recovery software before it is permanently lost.

How to permanently erase data on macOS Monterey? Don’t worry, just try data erasure software - such as DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac.

DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac

  • Securely and permanently erase data from SSD, HDD, USB flash drive, digital camera, etc.
  • Fully compatible with macOS Monterey and other Mac or Windows systems.
  • Once your data is erased by this software, the data is gone forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery method.

DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac is a worry-free data eraser. Format and wipe your hard drive with this software's verified data removal procedures. DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac will permanently delete all of the data on your hard drive. Once your data is erased by this software, your data will be lost forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery method.

Follow the steps below to permanently erase data after upgrading to macOS Monterey:

Step 1. Open DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac.

Step 2. Choose a data erasure mode, it offers three data erasure modes:

  • Erase Files - permanently delete files and folders.
  • Wipe Hard Drive - permanently erase all data from a hard drive.
  • Wipe Free Space - permanently erase all deleted/lost data without affecting the existing data.

Permanently erase data on macOS Monterey

Step 3. Then select the data you want to erase and click on Wipe Now button.

Permanently erase data on macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey data erasure FAQs

1. Is it possible to permanently delete files on macOS Monterey?

Yes, DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac can help you securely and permanently delete files and folders on macOS Monterey. Just add files/folders to the erasure list, then click on Erase Now button to permanently erase the selected files and folders.

2. Is the erased data lost forever?

Yes, once your data is erased by DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac, the data is lost forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery software.

3. How to permanently erase already deleted data on macOS Monterey?

Just try Wipe Free Space mode. This mode will wipe free disk space of your Mac and permanently erase all deleted/lost data. It will not erase the existing data on your Mac.

4. Is data erasure safe to Mac SSD?

Yes, DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac is a 100% safe data erasure application. It will not cause any damage or shorten the service life of your Mac SSD.