How to wipe a hard drive on Windows machines

You may have a number of reason to wipe your drive(s) and this guide will show you how to do so. To get started, pick and follow either of the methods below to to get started:

Note: Drive/disk is used interchangeable in this guide.

Method 1:

  1. Plug in the drive (The drive can be connected while the computer is running)
  2. Open Windows Start and search “computer management”
  3. Launch the app and select “Disk Management” under “storage” on the left side
  4. Select the disk you wish to delete
  5. Right click each segment and select “delete volume”. Repeat until the drive only shows one “Unallocated” section
  6. You have now wiped the data from your drive
Method 2:

  1. Plug in the drive (The drive can be connected while the computer is running)
  2. Open diskpart
    • Windows start -> search and open “diskpart”
    • Windows start -> search and open “CMD” (Command Prompt) -> type “diskpart”
  3. List the disks “list disk” and find the correct disk to wipe (note the number)
  4. Select the disk with “select disk X” where “X” is your disks number
  5. Clean the disk with the “clean” command
    • You may need to set the disk online in disk management (Follow Method 1 up to step 4, then select the drive and set it online)
  6. You have now wiped the data from your drive


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