Difference Between Data Wiping and Deleting
Many users may have misunderstanding of data wiping and deleting. Some people even consider both of them as one thing. However, the two are worlds apart. If you are one of those people who are confused with the two, have a fresh look at the brief explanation bellow.
The Necessity of Disk Wiping
I believe that many users in life will encounter the above-mentioned situation. Whether you are dealing with an old hard drive or selling your old computer, you cannot avoid cleaning up the disk. Reasons are as follows:
Preparations for wiping a disk
Before erasing the disk thoroughly, you need to do some preparatory work, because once the disk or computer is wiped, the files on it cannot be retrieved.
◑ Backup your important files if you still need them. You can back them up to USB drive or other new hard drives.
◑ Ensure battery is full. If you want to wipe a laptop, you should make sure the battery is well charged or connected to power.
Next part, I will show you how to wipe hard drive in Windows 10 using its built-in tool and a piece of reliable hard drive erase software. The second disk wiper is also suitable for Windows 10/8/7 disk wiping. Please read on if you are interested.
How to Wipe a Disk with Windows Built-in Tool
With the help of the recovery tool in Windows 10, you can wipe a disk completely. Here are steps to wipe a hard drive in Windows 10:
- Click "Start" menu and select "Settings" option. Then click "Update & Security" option.
- Click "Recovery" option on the left and then click "Get Started" button under "Reset this PC" section.
- In the popup window, you are asked to choose an option: Keep my files or Remove everything. If you want to erase your computer or disk, choose the latter one.
- Select "Remove files and clean the drive" when you are asked to whether to clean the drives too. The cleaning process may take longer time but it makes sure no one can recover erased files.
- Click "Next" and "Reset" button on following steps to complete the task.
Easier Way to Erase Disk in Windows 10/8/7
You can use Windows 10's built-in recovery tool to achieve disk erasing, but if you want a more powerful and safer method of erasing hard drives, a trusted hard drive eraser is needed. Here I strongly recommend the best disk wiper—AOMEI Backupper Professional to you. It supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP systems. Using this software, you can:
Here I will show you the instructions of wiping a disk via AOMEI Backupper Professional. Download this software in advance and launch it.
Step 1. Click "Tools" in the left tab, and then select the "Disk Wipe" tool under "Common Tools".
Step 2. After that, you will enter the page to select Wiping Type. There are 2 types available to select: Wipe partitions or unallocated space; Wipe disk. Choose the latter one and then click “Next”.
Step 3. Select the disk you want to erase. Click Next to continue.
Note: if you are choosing a disk including the OS, a popup window will prompt you that wipe boot drive will run in reboot mode, press OK to confirm.
Step 4. Select a Wiping Method with the safety level and speed you want, hit Start to wipe the hard drive.
Step 5. After the wipe process is started, you will enter the page of Wiping Process. You can click “Cancel” on the right corner if you want to stop this progress.
It’s of great importance to erase the disk or computer in order to prevent your data from being stolen or leaked. In addition to Windows built in tools, the best reliable disk wipe software—AOMEI Backupper can provide you with the most convenient and concise operation to wipe a disk permanently and ensure that the data wiped cannot be recovered.
What’s more, if you are planning to replace your old hard drive with a new one, or planning to upgrade the OS, the clone feature of AOMEI Backupper can do you a favor. It can move Windows 10 installation to another drive, or replace laptop hard drive and reinstall operating system with ease. Don’t hesitate to try this software!