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How to Wipe or Erase Hard Drive in Windows Server - EaseUS

Updated by Tracy King on Mar 10, 2022
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If you want to wipe your hard drive and reset your computer to factory settings, this can be done in various ways and here we have discussed the simplest ways to help you out.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Pre-requisite: Back Up All Essential Files The most important thing is to backup all the important files you have on your PC...Full steps
Method 1. Wipe Windows Server Hard Drive with Disk Wiper Software

Right-click the partition you want to erase data from, and choose "Wipe Data"...Full steps

Method 2. Erase Windows Server Hard Drive in CMD Step 1: Click on the start option and search "run"...Full steps
Follow-Up: Make Use of Disk Space after Wiping

1. Transfer data or Server system to the wiped disk; 2. Repartition hard drive; 3. Merge partitions...Full steps

How Do You Wipe Out a Windows Server Hard Drive?

Do you want to wipe your hard drive and reset your computer to factory settings? Well, it can be due to any reason. Possibly to fix any serious error in OS or wipe the drives clean of all the junk data you have. Or it can be due to any virus attack. However easy or simple the steps are for erasing hard drives in windows, one can easily mix up the steps and corrupt their PC. Today, we will explain how to erase your windows in not 1 but 2 different ways! Readers who want to erase their windows must follow the easiest or most appropriate step for them. There are no "complex" steps in this. But it is advised to follow the chronology as explained here. 

Pre-requisite: Back Up All Essential Files

Before starting any of the below-mentioned processes, the most important thing is to backup all the important files you have on your pc. You can either copy it in your external hard driver or pen drive or simply upload it on google drive etc. It doesn't matter where you keep it. Just make sure the destination is secure.

To backup your files, you can use the all-in-one file backup tool, EaseUS Todo Backup for help. With this, backing up of your files is just a click away!

Now that you have probably backed up all your essential data, let's talk more about the steps and processes you must follow.

Wipe or Erase Hard Drive in Windows Server 2022/2019/2016 [2 Methods]

Now, there are two different ways in which you can erase your windows hard drive. The suitability of both the methods may differ from person to person, but it is highly advised first to read the steps and then go with the one which suits your comfort the most. The following are the two methods in which you can wipe your windows server:-

  1. Wiping Windows Server Hard Drive using Wiper Software
  2. Wiping Windows Server Hard Drive using CMD

Both of the steps mentioned above are explained in the most simple language below. Just follow the steps correctly, and you will be able to erase your disk easily.

Method 1. 1-click to Wipe Windows Server Hard Drive with Disk Wiper Software

The very first method we will be discussing here includes the usage of EaseUS Partition Master  Enterprise tool. EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise is one of the best applications out there for both Windows and Mac-based computers.

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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".

The tool will not only help you wipe your server effortlessly, but it also has numerous added features such as backup & restore, data recovery, server partition, and data transfer tools, etc. We are using this particular software and not anything else because EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise has:

  1. One of the best UI, which makes the whole process easy.
  2. Fast and excellent execution of each and every step 
  3. Takes the lowest time to wipe the hard drives compared to others.
  4. Added disk management tools so that you can manage your hard drives effortlessly.

Method 2. Erase Windows Server Hard Drive in CMD

The above steps were done using third-party software EaseUS. But now, we will guide you on how to format your hard drive using your command prompt or CMD. Just follow the steps to start the process:-

Step 1: Click on the start option and search "run".

Step 2: Now, type "CMD" in the run and click on "ok".

Start typing the below-mentioned commands as it is. Be careful while copying the commands. All the commands are written between double quotation marks. Don't copy those until mentioned.

Step 3: Type "diskpart" and press enter

Step 4: Type "list disk" and press enter

Step 5: Now, select the disk which you want to format. For example, if you want to erase disk 0, type "select disk 0" and press enter.

Step 6: Type "clean" and press enter. Typing this and hitting enter would start the erasing process.

Wipe disk using CMD in Windows Server

Done! The disk will be successfully cleaned if you have followed each step correctly.

Follow-Up: Make Use of Disk Space after Wiping

Now that you have successfully erased your pc, we would like to suggest a few things that you should do to make better use of the hard drive now.

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  • Transfer data or Server system to the wiped disk

This should be done to save OS and other data on two different disks. This is how you can make use of your disk space more properly.

  • Repartition the hard drive

To do this, you can simply use the same software EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise. Their re-partitioner process is super simple and will do the job in no time.

Step 1. Select disk to adjust its layout.

On the main screen, right-click the disk and select "Adjust Disk Layout".

How to adjust disk layout step 1

Step 2. Reallocate the drive or partition size.

Drag the dots next to the partition head or tail to reallocate the partition size. Then, click "OK".

How to adjust disk layout step 2

Step 3. Confirm to adjust disk partition size.

Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to keep all the changes. 

How to adjust disk layout step 3

  • You can also merge your wiped disk with another hard drive.

Step 1. Right-click one partition that you need to merge and select "Merge...".

select partition to merge

Step 2. Select a non-adjacent partition to merge, click "OK". 

Select the other partition

Step 3. Select to merge the non-adjacent partition into the target one, and click "OK".

select the target partition to keep

Step 4. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to start merging partitions.

execute the operation to merge non-adjacent partitions

Conclusion

The steps mentioned above are super simple. Using the EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise tool will make your job even easier, as the interface and efficiency of doing the work are excellent. Also, downloading EaseUS will help in erasing hard drives and partitioning disks, recovering lost data, backup files easily, etc. It is a one-stop solution for you.

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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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