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Wipe a Hard Drive without Deleting in Windows

Recycling a computer among employees is a common phenomenon in the company. If there are sensitive data in your previous computer, you had better wipe them from the device to prevent the leakage of important information. Do you know how to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows? Now, you can read this post to learn how to do this job easily with MiniTool software.

Third-party Tool to Wipe a Hard Drive but Keep Windows OS

Some third-party programs are designed to solve this issue. When you search “disk wipe software” or “partition wipe tool” on internet, you will discover that a lot of programs are listed there. Which one is the best and reliable software? You may try MiniTool Partition Wizard.

This software is a kind of professional partition tool which can be used to manage your hard drive, including migrating Windows OS, resizing/moving partitions, copying partition/disk, wiping partition, rebuilding MBR, and more.

It has five editions: Free, Professional, Server, Enterprise and Technician; and a Bootable Disk.

Good news is that some functions of this software are open to you for free, and you can view the Compare Editions to get the detail information. Fortunately, its “Wipe Partition” feature is available in the Free Edition. You can download and install this freeware to your computer and experience its functions if you are using Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

Backup the Hard Drive before Wiping a Hard Drive

The following operations are all based on a Windows 7 Computer.

Method 1: If you just want to copy one partition on the hard disk, you can use “Copy Partition” function to clone all data on that partition.


Method 2: Suppose that you need to make a backup of the whole hard disk, you should use the “Copy Disk” feature then.


In addition to MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can use professional Windows backup software, MiniTool ShadowMaker to back up important files on your hard drive with simple clicks before you erase a hard drive without losing Windows. Besides, this freeware can back up OS, files, disk, and partition. 


After these preparations, you can feel free to start to wipe data on the specified partition or disk then. How to wipe a computer? 

How to Wipe a Hard Drive without Deleting Windows10/8/7/Vista/XP 

Wiping partition is a kind of overwriting which involves the process of replacing old data with new data. Once the original data are overwritten even just once, they will be generally considered to be unrecoverable. Overwriting is also the principle of “Wipe Partition” in MiniTool Partition Wizard.

To guarantee the wiping effect, this software supplies you five wiping methods with different overwriting modes, and you will have the chance to select a proper one according to your individual requirements during the operation process.

Suppose that your hard drive is divided into two partitions: partition C contains Windows OS, which should be reserved to guarantee the computer’s normal running; partition E saves some important and sensitive data, and you want to erase all data on partition E from the hard disk forever.

How to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista with MiniTool Partition Wizard? (Here means to wipe partition E only) The following content will lead you to make it step by step.

Step 1: After entering this software’s main interface, you should choose the target partition E and click on “Wipe Partition” feature from the left action panel to continue.


Step 2: Then, you will see a pop-out window as follows. First, this software will prompt you the consequence of wiping partition: “Wiping Partition will remove every sector of data on the partition. Data once wiped can not be recovered by any data recovery solutions”. Of course, this is the exact effect you want to reach.

Then, you will see five wiping methods listed there. Choose the one you want to use and click on the lower side button “OK” to move on to the next step.


Step 3: This hard drive eraser will return to its main interface, and you can preview that the target partition E is marked as “Unformatted” with no partition letter and label. Then, you still need to press on the upper left button “Apply” from the toolbar to execute all the changes.


With these three simple steps, you are able to wipe the data partition and keep the system partition.

Follow-up Works after Wiping Partition

After you wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista with this hard drive eraser, there are still other works you should do.

For example, the wiped partition will not be shown on the computer for it is in unformatted state. You need to format that partition, and then add partition letter to make it be displayed on the computer normally. If necessary, you can add a partition label for better identification. Luckily, you can still realize those aims with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Other Assumptions to Erase a Hard Drive without Losing Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Until now, some of you may still doubt that is it really necessary to use a third-party tool to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows OS?

First, you may mention Windows snap-in Disk Management. However, with this manager, you are just allowed to format or delete the selected partition or volume instead of erasing all data on it. Therefore, anyone can restore these formatted or deleted data with a piece of data recovery software. This tool is unavailable to resolve your problem.


Then, you may think of Diskpart command line. Of course, you can wipe all data on the whole hard disk by inputting “list disk” > “select disk (disk number)” > “clean all” in the Diskpart interface. It doesn’t matter if Windows OS is not saved on that hard disk.

But once the data partition and system partition are both on the selected disk, you will not be allowed to execute this Diskpart command line finally and you will see a piece of error as: “Clean is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume”. It is not the way you are looking for neither.

So, it is actually inapplicable to use these two Windows snap-in tools to wipe a hard drive without removing Windows if the data partition and the system partition are on the same hard disk. Naturally, these two assumptions are invalid. You still need a third-party tool - MiniTool Partition Wizard - to help you.

Want to know more about wiping a computer but don't know how to wipe a hard drive without deleting Windows Vista/XP/7/8//10? YOu can read this article as well.

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