Windows 10: Wipe HDD without removing Windows OS

Discus and support Wipe HDD without removing Windows OS in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hello, I want to completely wipe my HDD clean without removing my Windows 10 from it. Is there a way to do this? As I have lost my disc for windows... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/AlexRichh, Jan 14, 2020 at 10:07 AM.

  1. Wipe HDD without removing Windows OS


    Hello,

    I want to completely wipe my HDD clean without removing my Windows 10 from it. Is there a way to do this? As I have lost my disc for windows and do not want to buy another copy of it.



    Thanks

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  2. Removing windows os from SSD and boot from hdd

    Hi Dave. I'm Greg, an installation specialist and 9 year Windows MVP, here to help you.

    Boot into the HDD and post a screenshot of Disk Management, which I read like a doctor reads X-rays. Keep the SSD attached when you make the screenshot from HDD.

    Follow the steps here so I can see everything we need to advise you:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/foru...


    I will give you steps to remove the SSD and wipe it. Are you wanting to install another bootable OS on the SSD for this system? It would be much faster.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.
     
    Greg Carmack - MVP, Jan 14, 2020 at 10:13 AM
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    Help, cant create windows image

    Hello there, @fullinfusion!

    It seems like some sort of an OS confusion has happened with your secondary WD Black and I'm sorry to hear about that. *Frown Wipe HDD without removing Windows OS :(
    Maybe re-formatting it would help indeed as the community already mentioned. I'd suggest to take a look at this step-by-step how to partition and format an HDD: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=PYCoid
    Keep in mind that this will wipe clean the drive, so you should backup all important data from the drive somewhere else.
    I noticed from the screenshots that your HDD appears as Disk 0, this means that it's plugged in the primary SATA port where the SSD (as an OS drive) should be. Actually it is possible that because of this Windows cannot create the image there. Swap the ports of the SSD and the HDD, this might help as well.

    Keep me posted. Hope this helped! *Smile Wipe HDD without removing Windows OS :)
    SuperSoph_WD
     
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