How Do I Wipe My Hard Drive Clean Without Software?

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I have been looking to clear out all the data from my hard drive. As the data is confidential, so I cannot trust any software to do the task. Is there any method that does not use external means? How do I wipe my hard drive clean?

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How Do I Wipe My Hard Drive Clean Without Software?

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In Windows 7, you can use the format command to erase the entire data from the hard disk drive. The steps are as follows:

1) Wiping a secondary hard drive

• Click on Start and go to Computer. Determine the hard drive that you want to clear.

• Again, go to Start and type cmd inside the search bar. The MS-DOS command prompt will open.

• Type the following command: d: /fs:NTFS /p:1 where D: is the hard drive which is to be formatted.

• The flag /p overwrite the hard drive with zero and erases the previous data.

2) Wiping a primary hard drive

• Firstly, insert a CD into your optical drive. Now, follow the path: Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore

• Click on ‘Create a system repair disk’, and burn the CD correctly.

• Restart your computer and press the key when asked to do so.

• Now, select Use recovery tool that can help fix problem starting Windows.

• Choose the Windows installation, and then select Command prompt. Type the following code: c: /fs:NTFS /p:2 since C: is the main hard disk drive.

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