Windows 10: How to wipe a hard drive clean?

  1.    13 Jul 2016 #1

    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

    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

    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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       14 Jul 2016 #5

    indianacarnie said: 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

    Stephanie said: 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. Posts : 12,610
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       14 Jul 2016 #7

    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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