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How to Completely Wipe Hard Drive in Windows 10 [Step-by-Step Guide]

Updated by Cici on Nov 28, 2022

If you want to discard your old or outdated hard drive, you must clean up the data to avoid leakage. Windows allows you to format and delete hard drive partitions, but you can still retrieve the deleted data with data recovery software.

wipe hard drive

To make the data on your hard drive truly disappear, you need to wipe hard drive completely. When you want to discard your computer or get rid of a damaged drive, you can protect privacy by completely wiping the hard drive.

So do you know how to completely wipe a hard drive? You can wipe data either through physical damage or through software within Windows. This article will provide three different methods to help you completely wipe your hard drive.

How to Completely Wipe Hard Drive

In this part, I will describe three ways to completely wipe hard drive:

1. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using EaseUS Partition Master 

It is a professional third-party data wipe software to wipe your hard drive. You can use it to completely wipe hard drive without destroying it.

2. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using Windows Settings

This is a way to reset the computer. You can remove everything on your computer and restore it to its original manufacturer settings.

3. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using Physical Damage

If you do not intend to reuse or recycle your hard drive, you can completely wipe hard drive with this method. This method will destroy the hard drive.

If you plan to wipe your hard drive for reuse, you can choose method 1: EaseUS Partition Master. This method protects the integrity of your hard drive. Next, let's see how each of the three methods works.

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Notice:
All three methods above will prevent you from recovering your data. You should back up all essential data before completely wiping your hard drive.

Method 1. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master will help you to overwrite your hard drive several times to permanently clear all the disk data. It is a disk management tool with powerful wipe functions. It has a clear interface and is easy to use. Even if you are not skilled in computers, you can safely wipe your hard disk without damaging it.1

A hard drive wiped by EaseUS Partition Master can be used again or given away. Let's see how to wipe it.

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".
  • In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".
  • Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the lower right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply".

Option 2. Wipe Disk

  • Select the HDD/SSD. And right-click to choose "Wipe Disk".
  • Set the number of times to wipe data. (You can set to 10 at most.) Then Click "OK".
  • Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then click "Apply".

EaseUS Partition Master is the best all-in-one disk management tool. Besides wiping hard disks, it is also a good disk partition tool. It can resize, merge, create and delete partitions. And it can also convert MBR to GPT without losing data.

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If you have any disk-related problems, you can ask EaseUS Partition Master for help.

Except for EaseUS Partition Master, on Windows 10, you can also use the Diskpart command to clean all the data. Click the link below to know the detailed steps.

Method 2. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using Windows Settings

This method uses the reset function in Windows to wipe the computer. You can factory reset Windows 10 and wipe everything on the PC through the Windows setup. It can wipe all programs and data and reinstall. 

Here are the steps to completely wipe the hard drive using Windows 10.

Step 1. Click on the Windows start menu and select "Settings."

select settings

Step 2. Select "Update & Security."

select update and security

Step 3. Select "Recovery" on the left side.

Step 4. Under "Reset this PC," select "Get Started."

get started

Step 5. Click on "Remove everything." It will delete all the programs and data.

remove everything

Step 6. Choose the "Remove files and clean the drive" option to wipe the drive's contents completely.

Step 7. Select "Next" and "Reset" to complete the task.

reset the pc

This process will take longer and is more complicated than EaseUS Partition Master. If you are not that familiar with computers, to avoid mistakes, I recommend you to use Method 1.

Method 3. Completely Wipe Hard Drive by Using Physical Damage

Physically destroying a hard drive is a method to ensure the hard drive is completely wiped. Common methods of physically destroying a hard drive include disassembling, shredding, burning, and shredding. You cannot use the hard drive again if you use this method because the hard drive has been damaged. You can choose this method if you do not intend to reuse it.

Step 1. Try using a screwdriver to remove the screws from the hard drive case and remove the casing.

Step 2. Remove the platters and heads and choose a method to destroy the hard drive.

physical damage

Step 3. Throw all components in the trash.

Conclusion 

This article describes three ways to completely wipe a hard drive. You can use EaseUS Partition Master to ensure that your data can be completely wiped and use the hard drive again. In addition, EaseUS Partition Master can also remove data by formatting or deleting partitions. And it can also resize partitions to properly use the hard drive.

You can also wipe the hard drive by resetting the PC. Physically destroying a hard drive works for drives you will not use again. Whichever method you choose, always remember to back up your important files in advance.

FAQs About Completely Wipe Hard Drive

Here are a few questions related to completely erase a hard drive. If you are interested, please read on.

1. Is it possible to completely wipe a hard drive?

Yes, you can wipe a hard drive completely. Deleting a hard drive partition or formatting a hard drive partition will not completely wipe the drive because you can recover the deleted files using data recovery software. You can completely wipe a hard drive and erase data by resetting the computer or using EaseUS Partition Master.

2. Does factory resetting wipe the hard drive?

Yes, factory resetting wipes the hard drive. It will restore the computer to its original state, and all the files will be wiped out. And you can't retrieve it.

3. Should I wipe my hard drive before selling?

If you want to sell the used hard drive, then you need to completely wipe the data on it. You cannot secure your data by simply formatting and deleting partitions. Instead, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to securely wipe hard drive before selling.

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Updated by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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