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Is it possible to wipe my hdd without booting into it?

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#1 innaya


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:47 AM

I am trying to wipe one of my old laptop hardrives but i am unable to boot into it, it goes into a bootloop.

I am wondering if I can wipe it without booting. I have a flashdrive available if I can download something on there and wipe it that'd be great. 



Edited by innaya, 24 July 2018 - 01:49 AM.

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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:07 AM

G'day Innaya, and Welcome to BC


Which operating system are you running ....?


What operating system etc is on the hard drive you wish to wipe ?


What will you use the wiped hard drive for ?.....just data, or will you install another OS (operating system) on it ?

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:46 AM

FWIW:  You cannot boot into a Windows O/S...and then wipe the drive.  Such would amount to destroying the means of wiping the drive.



Edited by hamluis, 24 July 2018 - 04:53 AM.

#4 eLPuSHeR


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:49 AM

You have to boot your pc from any LiveCD or PECD and proceed from there.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:28 PM

Yes this is poosible, you could use a linux live image or something to do this.

But firstly do you have another machine and a USB thumbdrive?

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#6 DavisMcCarn


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:48 PM

Here is the free version of Killdisk which is all it does; but, works best if you burn the ISO image and then boot to CD.


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