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Windows 7: I want to COMPLETELY wipe this Drive (including OS)

14 Feb 2015   #1
werm111

62 Enterprise
 
 
I want to COMPLETELY wipe this Drive (including OS)

I'm starting fresh with a new windows install (with a new version of windows and a new key, etc). I have an old SSD that I'm going to wipe and then sell on ebay. Then I'll do a fresh install on my new (larger) SSD.

How do I wipe the old SSD? I'm a bit OCD I dont really want to have both my old SSD and my new SSD plugeed in at the same time.

Thanks for the help. Really appreciate it.


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14 Feb 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello werm,

If you like, you could run a "Clean All" command on the SSD to secure erase it. It will leave it as unallocated, and the data unrecoverable.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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14 Feb 2015   #3
werm111

62 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello werm,

If you like, you could run a "Clean All" command on the SSD to secure erase it. It will leave it as unallocated, and the data unrecoverable.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
ok thanks. so i can do this even for a drive that has my operating system on it?
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14 Feb 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by werm111 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello werm,

If you like, you could run a "Clean All" command on the SSD to secure erase it. It will leave it as unallocated, and the data unrecoverable.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
ok thanks. so i can do this even for a drive that has my operating system on it?
Not if you are booted from that drive.

You can't clean a drive you are booted from.
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14 Feb 2015   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would have to run the command in a command prompt at boot if it's the hard drive the current OS is on. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first though. It will wipe everything on the hard drive completely clean with little chance of recovery.
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14 Feb 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From the tutorial that Brink posted.

Quote:
Note
  • You cannot use the clean or clean all diskpart commands on a boot disk (ex: disk Windows is installed on) unless you do it from a command prompt at boot.
  • Be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on the disk that you use clean or clean all on first. It will be to late afterwards. All data will be permanently lost on the disk.

Please read the tutorial again. It does work and will work if followed completely.
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