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How to Wipe a Hard Drive without Deleting Windows

2017-07-06 15:14:55 Posted by Abby Haines to Partition Manager

Summary:
Here you can learn how to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows. Try it in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista to protect your data from leaking while selling or giving away your PC or recycling a computer between employees at the same company.

Getting a new PC and want to sell or give away the old one? Should recycle your computer with others in the same company? Before carrying out these actions, there are one thing you have to do. That is to wipe hard drive. It will help you protect the sensitive data like financial records, business information, payroll information or anything else private from leaking. 

And in some special scenarios, for example, recycling a computer between employees, you will have extra requirements - wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows so that the computer’s new owner can directly use it. But how can you do it?

How to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows 

Some users might choose to manually delete the files or format the disk. Here I should say it is not the best choice as there is so many third-party data recovery software can retrieve data in these situations. Next, we will show you how to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows. This tutorial is available for all the Windows versions including Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Step 1. Wipe data partitions using EaseUS free partition software

1. Download EaseUS free partition tool and install it on your PC.

2. Launch the program, select and right-click the disk partition which you want to wipe and choose "Wipe Data"

Wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows - choose 'Wipe Data' option

3. Set the number of times to wipe disk partition and click "OK". Here, you can set to 10 at most.

Wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows - set  the number of wipe times

4. Click "Apply" to apply the changes.

NOTE: EaseUS free partition software is only available to wipe data partitions, so, to completely wipe a PC hard drive, you have to do another thing to wipe data on the system partition.

Step 2. Wipe system partition data by resetting 

By restoring Windows to its factory default configuration, resetting will erase all the personal data and applications on the system partition. 

To get it done, go to Settings > Update & Security > Reset this PC > Get started and choose "Remove everything" or "Restore factory settings" option. And then follow the wizard to finish the process.

After finishing all the above steps, you can completely and securely wipe everything off a hard drive except the OS and no one can get access to the deleted files.