How do I wipe my hard drive in Windows 10, 8, 8.1?
Wiping a hard drive in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 is not hard, but before doing so you must be sure that you are aware of the risks that are implied. Do note that a wipe is not similar with a format operation or with a clean install of Windows. Anyway, for learning more about this operation and also for learning how to wipe a hard drive on Windows 10, 8, check the guidelines from below.
When you delete information from your hard drive and even when you format it, you aren’t permanently removing your data. The file systems will be removed but your data will become “invisible” and with a proper and dedicated software or hardware solution you, or someone else, can easily restore what you though it was permanently deleted. That’s why, if you want to get rid of programs, info or personal data for good, you have to perform a wipe.
This operation is recommended for those who are selling their computers, or for those who are thinking that someone else might want to still their personal info. In that matter they will have to permanently erase the data from their hard drive. So, let’s see how to safely and quickly wipe the drivers on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
How to wipe a hard drive in Windows 10, 8
There are several ways in which you can erase your data. You can of course choose to use a degausser to disrupt the magnetic domains on the drive or you can even choose to physically destroy the hard drive. But if you want to perform a more elegant operation, then you should use a free distributed and dedicated software.
This data destruction software will automatically wipe your hard drive by permanently removing all files that are stored on it. All you have to do is to download the program, to install the same on your Windows 10, 8 device and to follow the on screen prompts. WindowsReport has already compiled a list of the best hard drive eraser software that you can install on your machine. Using a dedicated software to wipe your hard drive is better than using other obscure methods that might permanently damage your hard drive.
As far as data destruction tools are concerned, you can anytime use DBAN, CBL Data Shredder or ErAcer.
So, that’s how you can anytime wipe a hard drive on Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If you have questions or if you need other info related to this topic don’t hesitate and share your thoughts with our team by using the comments field from below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.
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