How to Perform Hiren's BootCD Disk Wipe on Windows

This article provides you with a complete guide to perform Hiren's BootCD disk wipe. Not only can you learn how to use Hiren's BootCD to wipe a disk, but you can also learn another simpler method on this page.


by Maggie Updated on September 22, 2023

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The Necessity of Disk Wiping


How to wipe a hard drive clean

“I'm going to be selling one of my desktop's soon and wanting to wipe both hard drives completely clean so that no information or data can be retained. Never done this before, so anyone willing to give me a simple guide? Thanks.”

- Question from TechPowerUp Forums

Do you want to replace or upgrade the hard drive on your computer? Or are you getting ready to sell your old laptop or PC? In the era of high-speed update and iteration of electronic products, I believe that many users will encounter the same situation. We all know that hard drives are hardware components that store all digital content, and they are used as standard storage solutions for computers and various electronic devices.

Whether you want to sell your computer or replace your computer's hard drive, there is an important step that cannot be ignored - disk wiping. Some reasons are listed below:

◑ Protect your information from being leaked or misused. Before giving your hard drive or PC to someone else, you may need to wipe the hard drive to ensure that your personal data has been completely deleted and cannot be recovered.
◑ Restore their computer to factory settings. Some people completely wipe the hard drive to make the computer look like new, or upgrade the operating system.

Hiren's BootCD Disk Wipe

How to Wipe Drives with Hiren’s

Hiren’s BootCD is a collection of utilities installed on a bootable USB or DVD you can use to fix many problems related to your computer. It does not contain any pirated software, it contains only free and legal software, including BCD-MBR Tools, Hard Disk Tools, Windows Recovery and other tools. If you encounter hard disk failure, computer virus infection, forget password or accidentally lose all data, then Hiren’s BootCD will be your savior.

In this part, I will show you how to perform Hiren’s BootCD disk wipe on Windows. In order to use Hiren's BootCD PE, you need to download an ISO file, which is a disk image, once you burn it to a DVD or USB, you can use it to start your computer.

Part 1. Create Hiren’s Bootable USB and Boot from It

  1. Plug your USB into your computer and make sure it can be detected. Download Hiren’s BootCD ISO file from its official website.

Note: This process will erase all data on the USB, so please make sure to back up the files on the USB device as needed before proceeding with the steps below.

  1. Choose a burning software to help you burn ISO file to USB. Here I take Rufus as an example. After the installation is complete, start the burning software and perform the following operations one by one.
  • Select the USB device from the Device drop-sown menu.
  • Select FAT32 for the file system.
  • Check the Quick Format box, then change the option next to Create a bootable disk using to ISO Image.
  • Select the little CD icon next to this box and browse to the location of the ISO file in the Hiren’s BootCD folder.
  • Give it a new name if you like, and click Start when ready.

Burning ISO File to USB

  1. After the burning process is complete, restart the computer. Press a special key to enter the BIOS settings (Some computers may be Esc, Delete, F2, F6, F11 or F12). Set Boot (boot sequence) to USB. Then return to the main BIOS interface, select Save and Exit.

EFI USB Device

  1. Then, restart the computer and you will enter the main interface of Hiren’s BootCD.

Hiren's BootCD Main Screen

Part 2. Hiren’s BootCD Disk Wipe via Low-level Format Tool

In order to completely delete all data on the hard drive, we are going to write over it with zeroes. We can use the Hiren’s BootCD low-level format tool to perform disk wiping. Before formatting, be sure to back up all important data on the drive to be formatted. Here are the detailed steps:

  1. From Hiren's BootCD menu, open the Utilities folder and go to Utilities -> Hard Disk Tools -> Security. Then double-click HDD Low Level Format Tool.

HDD Low Level Format Tool

  1. Then select which drive that you want to format and click Continue.

Select A Drive to Format

  1. In the LOW-LEVEL FORMAT tab, click FORMAT THIS DEVICE in the lower right corner.

Format This Device

  1. Next, a warning window will pop up, prompting you to confirm the hard drive to be formatted. Then click Yes to begin Hiren’s BootCD disk wipe.


Alternative to Hiren’s BootCD Disk Wipe - Easier and Faster

The above steps are how we format hard disk with Hiren’s BootCD, allowing us to give away our computer with no worry of people recovering our data. But when using the HDD low-level format tool to erase the disk, there are a lot of preparations, which seems a bit troublesome. After all, most users are not professionals, and the operation is relatively cumbersome.

In this case, I will introduce you to a more convenient disk wiping softwareAOMEI Backupper Professional. You can install it on your computer like a standard program without creating a bootable USB, which saves you a lot of time and energy. It can help you safely clean up all data on hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, etc. You can use it to wipe unallocated space, selected partitions, or the entire disk. After wiping, the data cannot be recovered.

🌟You can also use it to create bootable media in advance to help you successfully start your computer in the event of an accident. Learn how to perform a disk wipe via AOMEI Backupper in the following tutorial.

Step 1. Click the download button below to install this software on your computer. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server

Download Free Trial Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper, navigate to the Tools tab on the left menu. Then select Disk Wipe on the right interface.

Disk Wipe

Step 3. Then select your desired wiping type, here we select Wipe disk. It will delete all partitions and wipe all sectors on the disk. Then click Next to continue.

Choose Wipe Disk

Step 4. Select the hard drive you want to wipe and click Next to continue.

Choose Disk

Step 5. Next, choose Fill sectors with Zero (Safe, Quick) wiping method and hit Start to begin the wiping process.

Fill Sectors with Zero

Tip: Safer wiping methods come with more passes and slower wiping speed. You can choose the one that suits you best according to your situation.

Final Words

You have already known how to perform Hiren’s BootCD disk wipe on Windows. Since you cannot install Hiren’s BootCD directly like a standard program on your computer, you need to burn its ISO file to a CD or USB. And then use the built-in HDD low-level format tool to wipe a disk. The whole operation process is a bit troublesome.

Fortunately, you can use AOMEI Backupper to erase the disks/partitions for reuse, or wipe unallocated space to free up space. It also has many professional functions, like clone, backup, restore, sync, etc. For example, it can help you transfer the system to another hard drive. What are you waiting for? Download it and try it.

Maggie · Editor
Maggie is a technical editor from AOMEI and troubleshoots technical problems against data protection. She has received professional and systematic technical training. With a focus on user experience, security, and problem-solving, she always puts herself in the readers' shoes and provides them with valuable technical insights.