Here are the links which I read previously about deleting or wiping data:
Here's my recent data destroying experience using two free data-related programs. I tried destroying the data on one of my hard drive which was 500 GB using partitioning plus wiping. First, I joined the partitions of the hard drive into one partition, then I performed the DOD 5220.22-M (3 passes) of CCleaner. I remembered that I even formatted the drive. (Click here to download CCleaner).
After the data destroying steps, I tried recovering it using Mini Tool Partition Recovery (you can download it for free). but the result was nothing was found except the Recycle Bin folder with nothing inside. See, it works. I chose Mini Tool Partition Recovery because this free program has ever recovered my data when I lost my data on a partition which other programs couldn't find anything. That's why I trust it more than other programs in Data Recovery.
So, my suggestion is at least perform two tasks together: partitioning and wiping. At least, you can feel more at ease than by just erasing or formatting the drive.