Windows 10: Erase Disk using Diskpart Clean Command in Windows 10  

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       4 Weeks Ago #20

    No worries. That's all of them. You're good to go.
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  2. mrje1's Avatar
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       4 Weeks Ago #21

    Brink said: View Post
    No worries. That's all of them. You're good to go.
    Awesome!!!! Thank you!

    Now, how come like what HP did, there are no specific drive letter for the Recovery Volume or partition? Also, what is the Disk 0 partition 2 one and what is it used for?
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       4 Weeks Ago #22

    mrje1 said: View Post
    Now, how come like what HP did, there are no specific drive letter for the Recovery Volume or partition?
    OEMs create such partitions for their diagnostics and Factory Restore, no drive letter is assigned on purpose as the partitions usually are quite small and not intended for the consumer to routinely use or have direct access to.
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       4 Weeks Ago #23

    Hi. Will doing clean all, wipe the MBR as well? Does it do the same as a low level format? Just asking as I had a badly infected disk to wipe last year (nephew's) and read somewhere that general wiping with zeros wouldn't get any rootkits which could sit in the MBR. So did a low level format. Would cleanall do the same?
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       4 Weeks Ago #24

    Hello Hazel,

    Both will delete all partitions including the MBR, and write zeros (erase).
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       4 Weeks Ago #25

    Hazel123 said: View Post
    Hi. Will doing clean all, wipe the MBR as well? Does it do the same as a low level format? Just asking as I had a badly infected disk to wipe last year (nephew's) and read somewhere that general wiping with zeros wouldn't get any rootkits which could sit in the MBR. So did a low level format. Would cleanall do the same?
    This is a snippet from the first page. Clean all leaves the drive in this condition. Basically less than nothing..... No data, no MBR structure, nothing. It will need to be initialized, which will re-create the MBR or GPT data.
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       4 Weeks Ago #26

    Thank you!
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       1 Week Ago #27

    Hey Brink,

    Good day to you! I guess I did something stupid. Oh well, always a learning experience.

    I did a diskpart clean all on my external hard drive, but just decided to move the hard drive to another USB card on my PC. So, I stopped the process and restarted the computer. Now, I can't get windows to read the disk after restart. I restarted when the disk was unallocated. I hear that windows is trying by the sound, but then gives the other sound when you are ejecting it.

    Is my hard drive done for? Is it time to smash it? I hope not.

    Thank you for your help and assistance.
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  9.    1 Week Ago #28

    Hi there
    just star the process again

    Diskpart (in admin mode)

    list disk
    select disk nn
    clean

    convert gpt (or mbr depending on whether you want gpt or mbr hdd)

    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs

    exit

    job done -- windows should see the hdd again.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       1 Week Ago #29

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    just star the process again
    Diskpart (in admin mode)
    list disk
    select disk nn
    clean
    convert gpt (or mbr depending on whether you want gpt or mbr hdd)
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs
    exit
    job done -- windows should see the hdd again.
    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hey jimbo!!! Good day to you. Good to see you again! Thank you for your help.

    I started the process again and I placed the drive into another USB port and it finally read it and I was able to see the disk again in disk management and diskpart. I didn't do the format, I just started the process of clean all again to secure erase.

    Also, in disk management how come it changes the disk numbers of the drives? I had two drives that were there from the beginning but it changed when having this other drive placed in there. Is there a way to renumber them or should I even attempt it? I like having my two main drives being next to each other in number. Like disk 1 and disk 2 in stead of disk 1 and disk 3.


    Thank you again and I hope you are having a fantastic day so far.
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