How to: Wipe a Hard Drive Windows 7 without CD [Full Guide]

If you need to wipe a hard drive without CD and erase all data in Windows 7, 8 or 10, the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help you a lot. It can completely erase a hard drive without using Windows CD.


By Emily / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Need to wipe a hard drive in Windows 7 without CD 

Hello, I have an AsusG50V which cannot boot into Windows now. It did not come with recovery discs and the Windows installation CD does not work anymore anyway. I need to wipe the drive but how can I reload Windows 7 on the computer? Anyone has any idea on how to wipe a hard drive and delete everything without CD?

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.

How to wipe a hard drive Windows 7 without CD?

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 unrecoverable.

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.

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★★Before proceedingThe data will be removed completely via this method and it’s impossible to recover them after that. So please be careful and back up important data to cloud or external at first.

Next, we will take how to wipe a system Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as an example.

Step 1. Plug an empty USB drive to your computer and use AOMEI Partition Assistant to create a bootable USB. 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. (If your computer can boot into Windows as normal, skip this step.)

Make Bootable Media

Step 2. Right click the system disk you want to wipe, and select “Wipe Hard drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive System

Step 3. Choose the first way to wipe the chosen hard drive and click “OK”.

Fill Sectors With Zero System

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”.

Confirm Delete System

Step 5. Click “Apply” to start the data wiping process. (PS: Required Reboot after completed)

Apply Delete System

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. Click “Wipe” on in the top toolbar, and choose “SSD Secure Erase”.

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.

Secure Erase Notice

Step 3. In this page, you can select the SSD that needs to be erased.

Choose SSD

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.

SSD Identification Information

Step 5. After a successful hot swap, you can continue to secure erase SSD by clicking “Next”. When it is completed, click "Finish".

Operation Result


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.

Emily · Staff Editor
Emily is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; she has a great passion for providing easy solutions for people to tackle with all disk or partition management problems. In addition to writing articles about disk/partition management, she also edits great tutorials on how to back up and restore disk for data security. In her spare time, she loves to learn computer skill to improve herself or stay with her family to enjoy a good day.