Will resetting Win10 erase other drives?
Well, that depends on you, Windows gives you two options when you click reset this PC: Keep my files and Remove everything. Many users are worried about the option Remove everything, if they click on this, will Windows performs the removal instantly? In fact, they will not start to reset, because they have one more pop-up provides another two options when they find there're more than one drive on your disk: Only the drive where Windows is installed and All Drives.
When you click all drives and YES, everything will be wiped out leaving only a fresh Windows 10 running, which means even after you moved the download, movie, music folder to other drive like D: E: F: , they will still be removed; When you click only the drive where Windows is installed, other data drive with personal files would not be erased.
However, Windows seems to have no such function to erase free space and erase drives with standard wiping methods. Some data sanitation software, on the contrary, provides tens of erasure schemes and standard erasing algorithms employed by governments. ByebyeData Eraser is the one with more than 10 kinds of standard erasure methods. And erase free space and erase drives are both available functions in it. So here is how I erase Samsung hard drive in ByebyeData Eraser:
So here're some questions from different users:
I want to reset windows 10 because of some issues with software I installed. I have a lenovo laptop which has a parted drive, which contains drivers for all the hardware. I'm worried that if I reset and choose to sort all drives, which will affect the parted drive, all the drivers will be erased.
User form Tomshardware want to confirm if resetting Windows 10 will affect other parted drive with all driver of all the hardware in, according the screenshots you can click the first option to refresh Windows 10.
I know they have the tool that allows you to "Reset this PC", and they have a setting that says "Remove Everything, Data, user files, etc"...My question is does this delete stuff on my D,E,F,G drives or just my Windows C Drive?
[another tomshardware user] It will not delete other drives if you click Only the drive where Windows is installed option, but if you have installed programs on C Drive, they may not work properly after Windows 10 is refreshed.
So i moved my Documents, Videos, Music and Downloads folders to another partition when using Windows 7. Now that i've upgraded to Windows 10 i'd like to reset the PC and start from fresh. I know you can do a Reset this PC > Remove Everything which will remove the files. My question is: will this remove the above folders even though they are on another partition or will it just format C:?
Actually, you're one click from the answer, Dear Neowin friend, you already saw the Remove everything option, just click on that and you'll know the answer to your question, Windows provides the option to keep files.
About Refresh Windows 10.
The aforementioned situations are users would like to keep personal files and refresh only the operating system, but some more users want to refresh OS base on that the current Windows is running slower than months ago and the system may be infected by virus or malware. If that's true, then only do the refresh step in not enough for running a clean Windows, it best to erase free space before you click on Reset this PC.
Try ByebyeData Eraser and erase free space on Windows 10 C Drive.
1. Download, install and Run after you moved files from C Drive to other drive.
2. Click Erase free space and choose C Drive to erase.
3. Select one erasure standard and click Erase Now.