How to Completely Wipe a Disk in Windows 10, 8, 7?

Don’t know how to completely wipe disk Windows 10/8/7? Refer to this article to get the best disk wipe software and the method of how to wipe disk easily in Windows 10/8/7.


By Dervish / Updated on September 15, 2023

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“Hey, guys. I have an old Windows 10 computer that has been used for many years. And I preparing to recycle it recently. As you know, there will be a lot of personal data in the computer that has been used for a long time. Now I need to completely empty the disk and delete all the data. Is there any method about easily wipe the disk? Thanks in advance!”

When do you need to wipe disk?

You may be puzzled about when you need to wipe disk. Actually, if you plan to donate or sell the disk to others, you might need to wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7 completely and permanently. As we all know, hard drive is usually used to store data, and it brings great convenience to our work and life. As time goes by, there will be more and more personal data on the disk. So, if a hard drive is not in use. You’d better clean up all the data on the disk to keep your data safe. When it comes to clearing disk data, most people choose to delete them directly.

However, under the normal circumstances, if there is no special treatment, the deleted file does not actually disappear. The system just deletes the file names in the file allocation table. The real data is still on the disk, and it can be easily restored by some data recovery software. So, wipe disk can be a better way to clear the hard drive.

The best disk wipe software

If you want to wipe the data on the disk in Windows 11/10/8/7 completely and permanently. You may need a professional disk wipe software to complete this operation. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant is highly recommended, and it’s featured with "Wipe Hard Drive" feature that will overwrite a hard drive with zeros to protect the data from restoring.

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Besides, it comes with many other powerful functions like Format Partition, Rebuild MBR, Migrate OS to SSD and so on. You can use this magical tool in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista.

How to wipe disk in Windows 11/10/8/7?

The following example will show you the specific steps of wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7. (If there is any important data on the hard drive, please back up data to cloud or external hard drive at first.)

Disk wipe Windows 11/10/8/7

Step 1.  Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click the hard disk drive you want to wipe, then select “Wipe Hard Drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive 3tb

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose "Fil sectors with Zero" and click "OK".

Fill Sectors With Zero 3tb

Note: You can upgrade to Professional edition to unlock other 3 wiping methods that provides higher security.

Step 3. After that, it will back to the main interface. Click “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute the operation.

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Note: If you need to wipe system hard drive, you should create a bootable media and enter WinPE environment.

Secure erase SSD in Windows 7

If you need to wipe a solid-state drive, you can use the method above, because it will decease its lifespan. The "SSD Secure Erase" in Professional Edition was specilized for solid-state drives. It is able to securely erase data on an SSD without hurting it. 

SSD Secure Erase only supported by Windows 7 operating system at present. If the operating system are not Windows 7, please connect the SSD to a Windows 7 computer.

Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant and click the SSD you want to erase and select “Secure Erase SSD” from the "Wipe" menu.

Ssd Secure Erase

Step 2. Choose the SSD you want to erase, read it and click “Next”.

Step 3. Then check the selected SSD information. If it is in a frozen state. To continue, you need to reconnect the SSD to peform hot swap.

Choose SSD

Perform hot swap steps:

1. Open the case cover back cove (for desktop) or hard shell (for laptop).

2. Find the SSD that needs to be securely erased.

3. Unplug the SSD power cable.

4. Unplug the SATA data cable of the SSD.

5. Then insert the SATA data cable back into the SATA port of the hard disk.

6. Finally, plug the power cord back into the power connector on the hard disk.

Notice: Do not turn off the computer and programs during hot plugging.

After hot plugging to unlock the SSD, you can securely erase the SSD.

Step 5. Then click “next” to continue, and wait till the progress finished.

Finish Erasing

* Clean the system disk will delete the system data, thus your Windows cannot start properly.


Now, you know how to wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7 effectively. Regular secure erase can significantly increase the read/write speed and performance under the premise of ensuring the service life of SSD. AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best disk wipe software. 

If you upgrade to Professional edition, you can recover lost partition. If the operating system of your computer is Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to enjoy more advanced features.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.