Is it possible to wipe hard drive without Windows?
Yes, we can do that.
First, let's figure out what do you mean by wipe hard drive without Windows. Do you mean wipe hard drive without logging into Windows or just because there's no Windows operating system installed on the hard drive? We have different solutions on the giving situation.
Maybe you just get a reformatted hard drive from others, you just want to wipe the hard drive to remove virus, or just for security reasons. You can wipe the hard drive which has no Windows installed before you started to use it. Then the followed solution is working for you.
1. Wipe data on a hard drive without Windows installed
We can connect the used "empty" hard drive to a desktop of your own and wipe the disk clean, in the software ByebyeData Eraser. If you have internet access, you can download it and install first; we'll take the following steps to wipe it clean:
1. ByebyeData Eraser needs administrator privileges, so right-click on it and choose the administrator option.
2. Click Erase entire disk on the sidebar and you'll see the new hard drive you just connected is now listed in the table, then select it.
3. Check the security column, we listed 14 overwrite algorithms here, for yourself reuse hard drive, the one pass overwriting method is just the best for you, it's fast and enough.
4. The final step is to click Erase Now and you'll see the prompt asking your confirmation, click Yes to it and after a while, or even longer, based on the capacity of the hard disk, you'll get an erasure report.
2. Wipe hard drive without logging into Windows
Instead of having a used hard drive, this time we get a used computer, which we don't want to logging into the operating system to let Windows auto-boot unknown programs, we just want to make a clean install on a clean hard drive with the Windows setting disc. Still we need ByebyeData Eraser installed on a functional computer, all you have to do is to prepare a blank boot media, CD, DVD or USB can be fine, considered someone may have get a portable device without CD-ROM, USB flash drive will be the first option. Then the following steps will help when we wipe the hard drive without booting into Windows:
1. Plug in the blank USB and Run ByebyeData Eraser on another computer as administrator.
2. Click Bootable media and Eraser will guide to create the ISO file, when its creating, you can download Rufus, the ISO burning tool, for later use.
3. The ISO file is stored to the path you specified, then run Rufus and add the USB drive to it, select the ISO file ByebyeData Eraser just created and click Strat to make bootable USB of Eraser.
4. Disconnect the bootable USB within ByebyeData Eraser and connect it the computer with the hard drive we want to wipe, then change the boot order in the BIOS setting, boot from USB.
5. In the WinPE-based ByebyeData Eraser, click Erase entire disk, and then check the disk in the list, then select the wiping method, again, one pass overwrite is enough for reuse the hard drive securely, and click Erase Now to wipe the entire disk along with the operating system.
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