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How to Wipe All Data from PC (Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP)

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 21, 2022
Written by Roxanne
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Got a crashed or old computer? Time to shake off this drag with selling, recycling, and donating. But before you do that you should check and wipe all your data on the hard drive. The common "Delete" unable to erase your data permanently. If some hackers or the next owner use data recovery software to recover lost files, your data will completely be exposed to others. So it is really important to remove all files on your device. Make sure you've deleted everything.

And also, if you want to keep your PC, it is good to fresh your PC by wiping all data on your PC and update it to the newest version. So how to wipe all data from PC? No need to remove your hard drive, the best solution is to perform data wiping is third-party software and factory reset.

Quick Navigation:

  1. Before Your Start (Must-read)
  2. How to Wipe All Data from Computer with Data Wiping Software
  3. How to Remove All Files from PC with Factory Reset

Before Your Start

Wiping data will delete accounts, applications, music, files, videos, cache files, documents stored in your internal space. If you're ensured to apply such an operation, there are two points you need to check first:

1. Back up your valuable data.

Prepare a USB flash drive or another external hard drive to store the data your want to keep. Or send it to your OneDrive. If not, you can not get your data back with any data recovery software.

2. Encrypt your SSD.

SSD performs well than HDD but it requires additional encryption to ensure that data cannot be recovered after deletion.

Start with SSD Encryption:

Steps: Settings > System > About > Related settings > Bitlocker settings

If you can not find encryption from settings, you can open Control Panel to set up BitLocker. (Open Control Panel > BitLocker Drive Encryption > Turn on BitLocker)

turn on bitlocker

And none of the methods can go to the BitLocker setting, you can search the third-party encryption tool.

How to Wipe All Data from Computer with Data Wiping Software

Speaking of permanently delete data off your computer, EaseUS Partition Master performs the "Wipe Data" feature to completely erase all data. Once the wipe operation is run, your data can not be recovered.

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How to Wipe Data On Your Hard Drive

We've set two options for you to wipe data. Choose the one you need.

Option 1.  Wipe Partition

  • Right-click the partition you want to erase data from, and choose "Wipe Data".
  • In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".
  • Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply".

Option 2. Wipe Disk

  • Select the HDD/SSD. And right-click to choose "Wipe Data".
  • Set the number of times to wipe data. (You can set to 10 at most.) Then Click "OK".
  • Check the message. Then click "OK".
  • Click "Execute the operation" and then click "Apply".

Note: After the data on a hard drive is erased, your entire disk becomes unallocated space.

How to Remove All Files from PC with Factory Reset

The factory reset can return your settings and drivers to the default. All your applications, files are deleted. You can choose to keep your personal files or remove all of your personal files, apps, and settings.

Windows 10:

Step 1. Open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery

Step 2. Under the "Reset this PC" option, click "Get started".

reset pc

Step 3. When "Reset this PC" window, choose "Remove Everything".

keep my files or remove everything

Step 4. Then your computer will restart and you need to wait for completion.

Windows 8:

Step 1. Press "Windows + I" to open system settings.

Step 2. Choose "Change PC settings" > Update & Recovery > Recovery

Step 3. Under the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" section, Click "Get Started".

Windows 7:

Step 1. Click the "Restart" button > Press "Shift" to boot into WinRE.

Step 2. Go to Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Pick "Keep my files" or "Remove everything".

Windows Vista/XP:

Step 1. Choose Settings option > Choose "Remove everything and reinstall Windows".

Step 2. On the "Reset your PC" screen, click "Next".

Step 3. On the "Do you want to fully clean your drive" screen, choose "remove my files" or "fully clean the drive".

Safe to Wipe Data 

In this article, we have outlined 2 solutions to solve how to wipe all data from your PC. If you prefer the automatic way, we advise you to try EaseUS Partition Master on part 1. Also, the factory reset is useful to erase your data completely, but you need to check your Windows version and apply the specific steps. If you have any questions, contact us via LiveChat or email ([email protected]).

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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