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How to Wipe a Hard Drive without Deleting Windows

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 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 is one thing you have to do. That is to wipe the 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 delete the files or format the disk manually. 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.

Part 1. Wipe Data Partitions Using EaseUS Free Partition Software

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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

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.

Part 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.