Secure wipe hard drive with boot CD/USB
When Windows fails to boot but the hard drive in it is well functional, we can use a boot CD/USB to wipe the hard drive clean before you letting go of the storage device. In fact, bootable media of data erasure software can be used in many cased, such as Windows Server managers need to clean everything off the disk, companies need to donate IT assets to local school or colleges or when you decide to replace the old laptop with a modern one.
ByebyeData Eraser is the one we're looking for, with its help we can create bootable media in seconds, the ISO file of this Eraser can be burned to CD, DVD, or USB. Although it's new in this market, it has all the functions you need to ensure data safe.
We'll need a computer that works properly to begin with if you want to wipe the old hard connected to a failed computer. So let's go to the download page and grab the zip file of ByebyeData Eraser. The following step will guide how to securely wipe hard drive with boot USB:
1. Run Eraser as administrator and click Yes to the UAC window on the computer you can get internet.
2. Click Bootable media from the sidebar, then click Browse to specify the ISO file if you don't want to put it on desktop which we think it's better to locate when you need to burn it to storage media.
3. Then click Create, and Eraser will create the ISO file and store it to the path you had chosen. After seconds, you can see the successfully created message, click OK to it and now we can burn the ISO file to USB.
There're many tools can burn ISO file to USB, but we recommend the free utility Rufus, it's stable and also portable. You can download the portable version and click Start to burn, or just check the guide:
OK, now we have the boot USB ready, then we plug it into the old computer, choose boot from USB in the BIOS setting, then you can see the main interface of ByebyeData Eraser, and the follow steps will show you how to wipe the entire disk:
1. Click Erase entire disk and all the disks connected the computer will be listed in the right side of the main window, you can select them all or just the specific disk you would like to erase, the boot disk, for example.
2. Check the security column, we listed 14 overwriting methods, some are government standard erasure algorithms and some are commonly used ones. You can choose one to for the disk to erase. As you know, the more passes you choose, the more time will cost.
3. Click Erase Now and Yes to secure wipe the hard drives.