1.    13 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 10

    How to wipe a hard drive clean?


    Hey there mates.

    I'm currently in the process of building a new computer and am aiming to nuke my old hard drive due to the fact that I'll be using it as a sort of secondary drive for the bulk of items, but I'll be using a new SSD as the drive that contains the OS. On top of that, I know you are probably thinking that I should just move the OS from my HDD to my SSD, but I sort of acquired the Win 10 OS on my HDD from a less than ethical source, so it sort of has quite a few bugs in it that I can't seem to exterminate.

    TL;DR: How do I wipe a hard drive, OS and all, and still have it used as a secondary drive?
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  2.    13 Jul 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Indiana/Florida
    Posts : 1,414
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Formatting will usually do the trick, but sometimes........little pieces may be left. I've always used Dariks Boot and Nuke. Works like a charm and its free.

    Darik's Boot and Nuke download | SourceForge.net
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  3.    13 Jul 2016 #3

    Even though this Tech Republic story is almost 4 years old, it remains a reasonably good source of pointers to utilities useful to your concerns: Five Hard Disk Cleaning and Erasing Tools.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  4.    13 Jul 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    MiniTool Partition Wizard (which is also on Kyhi's recovery drive) has an option to wipe a hard drive by writing 0s, 1s or combination thereof to all the physical sectors on the hard drive:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
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  5.    14 Jul 2016 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    England
    Posts : 13,733
    Windows 10 Professional x64

    Quote Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
    Formatting will usually do the trick, but sometimes........little pieces may be left. I've always used Dariks Boot and Nuke. Works like a charm and its free.

    Darik's Boot and Nuke download | SourceForge.net
    I use DBAN every time, its a great tool and has never failed to get the job done %100 every time
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  6.    14 Jul 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
    I use DBAN every time, its a great tool and has never failed to get the job done %100 every time
    Thanks for the tip.
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  7.    14 Jul 2016 #7
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    England
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    Windows 10 Professional x64

    As you boot from DBAN it will look for Drives to wipe so its a good idea to disconnect all drives apart from the Drive you want to wipe
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