Windows 10: How to wipe a hard drive clean?

Discus and support How to wipe a hard drive clean? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hey there mates. I'm currently in the process of building a new computer and am aiming to nuke my old hard drive due to the fact that I'll be using... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by diedrichvk, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. How to wipe a hard drive clean?


    Hey there mates.

    I'm currently in the process of building a new computer and am aiming to nuke my old hard drive due to the fact that I'll be using it as a sort of secondary drive for the bulk of items, but I'll be using a new SSD as the drive that contains the OS. On top of that, I know you are probably thinking that I should just move the OS from my HDD to my SSD, but I sort of acquired the Win 10 OS on my HDD from a less than ethical source, so it sort of has quite a few bugs in it that I can't seem to exterminate.

    TL;DR: How do I wipe a hard drive, OS and all, and still have it used as a secondary drive?

    :)
     
    diedrichvk, Jul 12, 2016
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  2. Jairit Be Win User

    How to wipe hard drive clean in upgraded version of Windows 10 Pro

    Hi Daffy,

    The main purpose of resetting Windows 10 is to delete all personal files and reset the settings. Also, all apps that were installed will be deleted.

    You will end up with a clean slate regardless of recent versions of Windows on your laptop—everything is cleaned out, including any possibly existing partitions.

    For more information on options when resetting your laptop, please visit this
    article
    and head over to the
    Reset your PC section.

    Let us know if you have more questions.
     
    Jairit Be, Jul 12, 2016
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  3. How to wipe hard drive clean in upgraded version of Windows 10 Pro

    Thanks. I really have one simple question -- if I bought the computer with Windows 8 Professional operating system why did it not go back to that? After my factory restore, it remained at the updated Windows 10 Professional, even though, as you pointed
    out, all my files and apps disappeared.
     
    DaffyDuckKangaroo, Jul 12, 2016
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  4. How to wipe a hard drive clean?

    indianacarnie, Jul 12, 2016
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  5. EdTittel Win User
    Even though this Tech Republic story is almost 4 years old, it remains a reasonably good source of pointers to utilities useful to your concerns: Five Hard Disk Cleaning and Erasing Tools.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
     
    EdTittel, Jul 12, 2016
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  6. NavyLCDR New Member
    NavyLCDR, Jul 13, 2016
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  7. Stephanie Win User
    I use DBAN every time, its a great tool and has never failed to get the job done %100 every time *Smile
     
    Stephanie, Jul 13, 2016
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  8. BunnyJ New Member

    How to wipe a hard drive clean?

    Thanks for the tip.
     
    BunnyJ, Jul 13, 2016
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  9. Stephanie Win User
    As you boot from DBAN it will look for Drives to wipe so its a good idea to disconnect all drives apart from the Drive you want to wipe *Smile
     
    Stephanie, Apr 5, 2018
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