Delete Everything on a Computer and Wipe a Computer

Brithny updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

"I just bought a used computer from a yard sale. It has a bunch of stuff on it. Stuff I don't need or would use. How do I delete the whole data on the hard drive and start from scratch? Can I do that or must I just have to keep all of this stuff? Also if I do delete the whole thing, do I need a certain disk to put windows back or will it come back?"

How to Delete Everything on a Computer and Wipe the Data

Some users might choose to manually delete the files or format the disk. Here I should say it is not the best choice. In fact, you just need a data wiping tool from EaseUS Todo Backup with really simple steps to help you delete everything on a computer and wipe hard disk. All you had to do was follow the simple steps:


The wipe data operations cannot be undone after applying the changes. Please be careful that once the operation is carried out by EaseUS Todo Backup, the data will not be recovered by any data recovery software! Once you decide to wipe your partition or disk, your data will disappear forever.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Todo Backup for wiping data.

run EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 2. Launch the program, select the "Tools" button and Choose "Wipe Data"

click wipe data option

Step 3. Select the partition or disk that you want to erase data, and set erase times.

select the disk or partition to erase or wipe data

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to wipe data and wait until it finished

wait for the process to finish

When the process finished, you can delete all the files or data more completely 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 directions 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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