How to Wipe a Hard Drive Windows 7 without CD? (Step-by-Step)
How to wipe a hard drive without CD and delete everying in Windows 7, 8 or 10?This page offers a step-by-step guide you can refer to.
When it comes to selling, donating, or throwing away the old hard drive, many users might choose to delete all partitions on the hard drive or format the hard drive. But both methods don’t delete everything on the hard drive completely. They just make all data become invisible to operating system. Moreover, those deleted files are still there and can be recovered with a proper data recovery tool.
Therefore, in order to keep your private information and financial details safe from cyber criminals, you had better wipe the hard drive completely as an empty one before selling or donating it.
To wipe or erase a hard drive permanently, it’s best to find some reliable hard drive wipe software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is such a data wiping program that helps you to wipe a hard drive or wipe a partition safely in Windows 10/8/7. The data will be deleted permanently and data recovery possibility will be decreased significantly.
Most importantly, if your Windows cannot boot successfully and no Windows installation CD is available, AOMEI Partition Assistant enables you to create a bootable USB drive first, boot from it, and then wipe a hard drive under WinPE environment. Now you can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant and learn how to erase hard drive Windows 7 without CD step by step.
Next, we will take how to wipe a system Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as an example.
Step 1. Insert the bootable USB drive just created into your Windows 7 PC, restart it and enter BIOS to change boot order, and boot your computer from the USB drive. It contains the preinstalled AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Once login, you will see the software running.
Step 2. Right click the system disk you want to wipe, and select “Wipe Hard drive”.
Step 3. Choose the first way to wipe the chosen hard drive and click “OK”.
Step 4. Then a mini window will pop out saying “This disk contains a system partition. If this system partition is deleted your computer won’t start the next time!”. If you are sure you want to perform this operation, just click “Yes”.
Step 5. Click “Apply” to start the data wiping process. (PS: Required Reboot after completed)
If the hard drive you want to erase is an SSD, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Its “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” can help erase all data on the SSD without hurting it.
Warning: Backup SSD first if necessary because this operation will erase all data on the SSD completely.
Step 1. Connect the SSD that you want to wipe to a working Windows 7 computer via SATA port. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right-click the SSD drive you want to wipe and click “SSD Secure Erase”.
Step 2. Then an SSD erase note will pop out, informing you of data loss and making data backup in advance. Besides, this operation will reset SSD to factory settings.
Step 3. In this page, you can select the SSD that needs to be erased.
Step 4.There are chances that your SSD is in a frozen state. Then, you can click “here” to follow a tutorial to perform a hot swap for the SSD.
Step 5. After a successful hot swap, you can continue to secure erase SSD by clicking “Next”. When it is completed, click "Finish".
This is how to wipe a hard drive Windows 7 without CD. No matter you want to wipe an HDD or SSD in Windows 7, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be helpful. Furthermore, it can also help you clone SSD to HDD, migrate only OS drive to SSD, recover lost partition, etc. To wipe hard drive without CD in Server operating systems, you can make use of AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.