How to Erase/Wipe Data on a Hard Drive Completely

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Have to securely delete your personal data on hard drive before you donate or discard your old computer? Want to completely erase data on hard drive prior to clean install Windows 10? Simply deletion or formation isn't enough! When you delete files, format a hard drive or delete a partition, you're usually only deleting the file system, making the data invisible but not gone. A file recovery program or special hardware can easily permanently undelete data on hard drive.

To fully erase all data on hard drive, you need the help of disk wiper and Windows Boot Genius. It allows you completely wipe data on hard drive or on a specific partition, thus 100% free up hard disk space and secure your sensitive data.

Now let's see the details on how to erase data from hard drive permanently with Windows Boot Genius. To get started free download Windows Boot Genius and install it on the PC you want to wipe data.

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Tutorial on Wiping Data on a Hard Drive Totally

Before you remove data from a hard drive, backing up anything you want to keep since once the hard drive is wiped, there will be no way to get anything on the drive back. Windows Boot Genius also offers you a chance to backup your hard drive or partition before you erase data on hard drive permanently.

Note: Hard drive wipe is operating independent, so you can use the same disk wiper to erase data on hard drive Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

  • Run Windows Boot Genius and insert a blank CD or USB into the workable computer and click “Burn” to create a bootable CD or USB. All left things will be done automatically.

    Note: Burn this program to a bootable disk will help you prevent any virus affecting the wiping operation.

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  • Insert the bootable CD or USB to your computer you want to erase personal data from hard drive and press F12 to access the Boot Menu. Select the CD or USB as the first boot device.

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  • After that, launch Windows Boot Genius. Choose "Disk Tools" and the "Wipe Data". Here you can wipe all data from every partition on hard drive.

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That's all for how to delete files on hard drive. Now you can freely donate your computer to others or clean install now OS and start anew as you like.

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