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My PC is all kinds of messed up, stuff is all over the place and my windows copy is illegitimate. The OS I use is on my HDD when it should be on my SSD but it's still booted from the SSD. Hard to explain but hopefully it doesn't matter too much.

I am going to buy W10 and I just want to wipe clean my whole PC and install W10 completely fresh on the SSD(I'll make sure to unplug the HDD when I install it this time) and use my HDD for other things.

I checked out DBAN but that's only for HDDs and I am looking to wipe both the SSD and HDD at the same time, if it's possible.



Thank you.
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I tend to just boot off a Linux USB and use the shred command.

 

For example, shred -vfz /dev/md1 will remove all data and partitions from a drive, overwrite with zeros to hide any leftover data and also show you the progress.

 

Works on any disk as far as I'm aware.

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If all you're trying to do is make a clean installation of Windows 10, the windows installer should be able to reformat the drives. Unless you've already run into problems with this solution or are trying to securely erase things before getting rid of drives, I don't think you should need anything else.
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I tend to just boot off a Linux USB and use the shred command.

For example, shred -vfz /dev/md1 will remove all data and partitions from a drive, overwrite with zeros to hide any leftover data and also show you the progress.

Works on any disk as far as I'm aware.

So I just download Linux onto a bootable USB, boot from it, "shred" both my disks and that's it? Will I not have Linux then? Or do I just delete it?

Sorry if my questions are stupid, I don't know much about drives and such.
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Originally Posted by dlewbell View Post

If all you're trying to do is make a clean installation of Windows 10, the windows installer should be able to reformat the drives. Unless you've already run into problems with this solution or are trying to securely erase things before getting rid of drives, I don't think you should need anything else.

Yeah I know that, but I want both of the drives to be wiped, not just the one I'm going to install W10 on, so I thought wiping them before I install couldn't hurt, you know?

If I let the installation process wipe my SSD the HDD will still be as it was before.
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Yeah I know that, but I want both of the drives to be wiped, not just the one I'm going to install W10 on, so I thought wiping them before I install couldn't hurt, you know?

If I let the installation process wipe my SSD the HDD will still be as it was before.

Easiest way is do do that from windows installer - boot from the installer on USB, open a command prompt (shift-f10), type "diskpart", then "list disk", find out your SSD and HDD numbers. Then "select disk #", "clean", then "select disk #" (the other one, since you want to clear both), "clean", "exit"

Then shut down, unplug the HDD and proceed to install on the SSD. If your MB supports UEFI, you may want to use "convert GPT" also, on both disks.

Edit: using Linux' shred could cause a little wear on the ssd, so I'd avoid that if what you want is just to "format" the drive
Edited by amra88 - 8/8/16 at 8:08am
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Easiest way is do do that from windows installer - boot from the installer on USB, open a command prompt (shift-f10), type "diskpart", then "list disk", find out your SSD and HDD numbers. Then "select disk #", "clean", then "select disk #" (the other one, since you want to clear both), "clean", "exit"

Then shut down, unplug the HDD and proceed to install on the SSD. If your MB supports UEFI, you may want to use "convert GPT" also, on both disks.

Ah, I had no idea it was that simple! I thought you were only able to clean 1 disk with the installer. Thank you so much, man.

What does "converting GPT" do? The manufacturers website says my MB has "Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS" so I guesss it does have UEFI support.

I can do this with the installation disc too, right?
Edited by steevo - 8/8/16 at 7:58am
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Ah, I had no idea it was that simple! I thought you were only able to clean 1 disk with the installer. Thank you so much, man.

What does "converting GPT" do? The manufacturers website says my MB has "Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS" so I guesss it does have UEFI support.

I can do this with the installation disc too, right?

Yes... after you "clean" each disk, you just type "convert GPT" to make them use GPT instead of MBR. Remember to check if your USB was made to boot in UEFI mode (I had a couple problems with this using Windows & USB DVD Download tool and even with MCT, but none with Rufus)
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Yeah I'll check that. What do I do
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Yes... after you "clean" each disk, you just type "convert GPT" to make them use GPT instead of MBR. Remember to check if your USB was made to boot in UEFI mode (I had a couple problems with this using Windows & USB DVD Download tool and even with MCT, but none with Rufus)

Yeah I'll try to check that out. It's a new USB stick so I'm guessing it will work.
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The Media Creation Tool I found on Microsofts website didn't want to detect my USB-drive so I'll update this post when I have gone and bought a new disc instead. For future reference and all, if someone else should have the same problem.



Thanks for all the help guys.
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