Erase computers without OS installed
The computer I'm about to erase has no operating system installed, how can I erase it?
ByebyeData Eraser is able to erase any hard drive with or without operating system installed, but we don't deliver CD, which already had our program burned to, so we need a normal computer to run the program first and then use the built-in function Bootable media to create a bootable device like CD, DVD, or USB.
So you can follow the steps below to erase computers without OS installed:
- Download ByebyeData Eraser from a normal computer and prepare a blank USB for later use (a blank CD, DVD is also OK if the computer has CD reader).
- Install the program and Run it as administrator, then click Bootable media in the left guide tab, click Browse for saving the ISO file and click Create to start.
- Now plug in the USB drive and burn the ByebyeData Eraser ISO file to it. (Rufus is the software we burning ISO file, you can download this free program and have a try if you don't know how to burn the ISO file to USB).
- Now plug in the USB drive to the target computer and start the machine, change boot order in BIOS and boot from USB.
- After a reboot, you can see ByebyeData Eraser's main interface, click Entire disk, select all the disks on the computer, choose a wiping plan, and last click the Erase Now button, then confirm.
The Bootable USB drive can be used to erase any other computers, no matter they're Windows installed or not. So keep this drive, it might be helpful next time when you need to erase another computer without operating system installed.
But we do have alternative plans to erase no OS installed computer:
--Take the hard drive out and connect it to a normal computer.
Yes, remove the hard drive and plug it into a normal computer with a SATA and Power cable. Then Download, install, and run ByebyeData Eraser, no need to create bootable media, just click the Entire disk tab and select the hard drive just connected, if you don't see it in the erasing list, click the Reload button, then select an easing algorithm, then click Erase Now and confirm it.
The alternative plan is not recommended, because when next time the same situation happens, you have to remove the hard drive again, which is time-consuming. The Bootable media method can be taken into consideration.