How to Wipe A Computer Hard Drive in Widows XP Without CD

Tracy King updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

When Wipe Hard Drive in Windows XP

Being different from deleting a partition or formatting a hard drive, to WIPE a hard drive means to completely erase data from a computer, leaving no chance of recovery. Thus, when it comes to wiping a hard drive, you need to make it clear why you have this need, and what data you don't want anymore. At last, choose an appropriate way to wipe a hard drive in Windows XP.

First and foremost, in what circumstances will Windows XP users want to remove everything from a hard drive? Here is a list for you to check.

  • Sell a computer
  • Donate a computer to a friend or relative
  • Replace an old hard drive with a new one

All those examples are about protecting personal information (accounts, codes, financial apps info) and files (documents, music, movies, pictures, installed applications), When you decide to sell or abandon the computer, you don't expect data reappearing after a special treatment. That's why you want to wipe a hard drive instead of simply formatting it, by which data becomes invisible but not really gone.

Second, it's time to know very clearly what data you don't want anymore. Do you need to wipe a single drive partition or the entire hard drive along with operating system on it?

If you're about to remain the Windows XP and make the computer bootable, it should work by going back to the factory defaults. Restoring a computer to its factory settings will delete all data, programs and drivers that were not included in the original configuration of that computer. Whereas if you mean to permanently remove everything including the operating system, you need to wipe a whole hard disk by other means.

How to Wipe A Computer Hard Drive in Windows XP Without CD

As aforementioned, restoring to factory settings should meet the following requirements so that this way of wiping a hard drive is applicable to you.

1. There is a recovery partition installed on your computer, which is used to restore a computer with a few clicks. Not all computer brands are shipped with this recovery partition, but some have. (E.g. Lenovo Onekey Recovery)

2. You have a set of recovery discs for your computer, which usually comes with your computer purchase.

3. You have the original Windows installation disc of Windows XP, which can be used to reinstall Windows.

In most cases, Windows XP and Windows 7,8,10 users don't have a recovery partition nor an installation disc, is there any way to wipe a computer in Windows XP without using those toolkits? One efficient way to permanently and completely wipe hard drive data on your Windows XP hard drive without using an installation disc is to apply a data erasing tool. Here we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master with its Wipe Data feature. Since it's third-party partition manager software, you need to install it on your Windows XP computer you're going to wipe it clean.

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 Windows 10 is supported

You might use the EaseUS partition manager software in two ways. One, choose a single data partition to wipe, like drive D, E, F...; two, wipe a whole computer hard drive, including Windows XP operating system.

Option 1. Wipe a single partition in Windows XP


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition you want to erase data from, and choose "Wipe Data".

Wipe Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".

Wipe Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply" to wipe the data on your partition.

Wipe Partition - Step 3

Option 2. Wipe a whole hard drive & OS in Windows XP

Speaking of erasing a hard drive with Windows OS completely, average computer users even don't have a clue. Due to the system partition protection feature in Windows OS, a standard way won't allow users to completely wipe a hard drive with Windows XP or other Windows OS. When you get stuck in this situation, continue with EaseUS Partition Master.

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Step 1: Since you're deleting OS, you need to boot your computer from bootable EaseUS Partition Master by creating a WinPE environment.

Step 2: After you successfully boot your Windows XP computer from the WinPE environment, this time right-click on the disk 0,1 or 2 you're going to wipe instead of a single drive D or E, choose "Wipe Data" and follow the wizard to complete the operation.

select wipe data

After the process ends, your Windows XP computer should not be able to boot anymore, and it's worry-free to send it to other places now.


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