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Completely Wipe A Hard Drive in Windows XP (Keep OS) [2018 July]

Updated on Dec 13, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Do you need a simple way to completely wipe your hard drive in Windows XP so as to clear space for saving more data and improve the computer’s performance? Here on this page, you’ll learn under what circumstances when you need to wipe a hard drive and how to wipe a hard drive (completely erase data) but keep the Operating System - Windows XP. The methods on this page also apply to other Windows OS.
PAGE CONTENT:
Question 1. Why do you need to wipe a hard drive?
Question 2. Can you wipe a hard drive in Windows XP
Question 3. How to Wipe A Hard Drive in Windows XP
Option 1. Wipe A Hard Drive But Keep Windows XP
Option 2. Completely Wipe A Hard Drive in Windows XP
Wipe hard drive with partition manager.

Speaking of wiping a hard drive, what will come to your mind?

And do you know why and when should you wipe a hard drive on your computer?

Here on this page, we’ll take to wipe a hard drive on Windows XP as an example.

And you can follow this page to learn more about wiping hard drive on Windows XP with below four questions now:

To wipe a hard drive means to completely remove all data from a hard drive, leaving no chance for recovery. So under what kind of circumstances will you need to wipe a hard drive?

Question 1. Why & when do you need to wipe a hard drive 

Why do you need to wipe a hard drive on your computer? And when should you take action to wipe and even completely erase data on your hard drive? 
Here is a list of various situations that explains when and why do you need to wipe the hard drive on your computer:

  1. 1. The hard drive becomes old.
  2. 2. The hard drive is full of useless junk files: if your hard drive has been used for a very long period on your computer, it will become extremely slow with full of useless junk files and even bad sectors.
  3. 3. The computer becomes slow and unresponsive: old computer will also inevitably become extremely slow and even unresponsive if you don’t update the system, clear the hard drive.
  4. 4. Windows system becomes stuck/hangs: sometimes, the computer may even not respond to any operations while running multiple programs.
  5. ...

Any Windows computer users may have one or two similar problems as the above-listed cases. The best solution towards these issues is to clear and even clean hard drive in Windows.

But can an ordinary people like you and me do this job is the next question:

Question 2. Can you wipe a hard drive on Windows XP or other Windows OS?

So can you do a hard drive erasing or wiping task as an ordinary Windows user on your computer? 
Sure! Anyone users who have acquired the Administrator’s right to control your PC can implement this job on the machine.

Are there some important things that you should take notice? Yes! 

Here is a list of must-do things for you to check to make sure that you’re prepared for wiping a hard drive on Windows XP or other Windows OS computers:

1. Backup useful files and data from XP hard drive to the external storage device
You can try Windows XP backup software for help, and it is free in 30 days.

2. To be clear about your goal of wiping a hard drive on your computer:

  • Wipe hard drive data only but keep Windows XP
  • Wipe Windows XP hard drive, deleting all data with OS

3. What is the most suitable method for you to accomplish this task?

Yes, you still don’t know how to wipe a hard drive right? Here, we’ll introduce you solutions to resolve your current questions:

Question 3. How to Wipe Windows XP Hard Drive?

To wipe Windows XP hard drive, you’ll need to know what is your goal:

  1. 1. Wipe data only but keep Windows XP 
  2. 2. Completely wipe a hard drive with Windows XP

So how to make your goals come true? Come and seek your fortune here and wipe your disk:

Option 1. Wipe data only but keep Windows XP

If you want to wipe out all saving data and clear Windows XP hard drive space, you need to wipe data only.
Here we’ll provide you with two reliable methods to wipe data only on Windows XP hard drive but to keep the OS:

Method 1. Format partitions and remove all data on Windows XP hard drive

To wipe a data on hard drive, you need to apply to a third-party data eraser software.
And you don’t want to, you can directly format partitions on Windows XP hard drive with Disk Management instead of erasing or formatting hard drive data:

1. Go to Start > "Control Panel" > "Administrative Tools".

wipe hard drive data.

2. Select "Computer Management" and open it.

Wipe Hard drive data on Windows XP.

3. Select "Disk Management" under Storage.
4. Find and right-click on the partitions that you want to remove all data, then select "Format..."

Format to wipe a hard drive data.

5. Set the volume label, file system to "NTFS", allocation unit size, perform a quick format and enable file and folder compression.
Click "OK" to confirm that you want to execute this operation.

Reset the hard drive after formatting it in Windows XP.

By doing so, all data on Windows XP hard drive will be removed, but you still have a chance to restore them.
If you want to permanently and completely wipe them from the hard drive, you’ll need a professional tool for help. And you can refer to the detail guidelines in Method 2 now.

Method 2. Permanently and completely wipe hard drive data but keep Windows XP

The other more efficient way to permanently and completely wipe hard drive data on your Windows XP hard drive is to apply important data erasing tool for help.
And here we’d like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master with its Wipe Partition feature.
You just need to install it on your XP computer and activate it. It allows you to wipe out all partitions but keep Windows OS in only a few simple clicks:

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

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. Completely wipe a hard drive with Windows XP

When wiping a hard drive with Windows OS completely, some experienced users may suggest you try these tricks:

  1. 1. Take the Windows XP hard drive out of your computer.
  2. 2. Connect it to another computer as a data hard drive.
  3. 3. Delete all partitions and remove all saved data.

Mostly, this will only remove all saved data, but the system partition will still exist. 
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.
So if you only have one hard drive in Windows XP computer and don’t have another PC for wiping data with the OS, any other recommends? Sure! Best partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master will do:

1. Create WinPE bootable disk before wiping Windows XP hard drive

 

Step 1: Prepare a disc or drive

To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the "WinPE Creator" feature on the top. Click on it.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 2: Create EaseUS Partition Master bootable drive

You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click "Proceed".

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Connect the USB with WinPE bootable disk to Windows XP and restart the computer, set to boot from the bootable disk.

2. Wipe whole hard drive with OS on Windows XP

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Select the HDD or SSD which you want to wipe. And right-click to choose "Wipe Data".

select wipe data

Step 2: Set the number of times to wipe data.

You can set to 10 at most. Then Click "OK".

set the times

Step 3: Check the message.

A message tells you that the computer will restart after disk erase is recommended. Then click "OK".

check the message

Step 4: Click "Apply" to apply the changes.

Click "Execute the operation" and then click "Apply" to start wiping data.

start wiping data

After this, your Windows XP OS with all saved data on your computer hard drive will all be completely wiped out. 
You can continue using it for installing a new Windows OS on it or saving data to the drive as a plain data hard drive by then.