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How to Use HP Disk Sanitizer to Wipe a Hard Drive?

How to Use HP Disk Sanitizer to Wipe a Hard Drive?

How to Use HP Disk Sanitizer to Wipe a Hard Drive?

Geeks - HP Disk Sanitizer is a utility that is used to securely erase data from hard drives. This can be useful when you want to sell or dispose of a computer and want to ensure that no one can access your personal or sensitive information. In this article, we will explain how to use HP Disk Sanitizer to wipe a hard drive.

Before we start, it's important to note that using a disk sanitizer will permanently delete all data on the hard drive. Make sure that you have backed up any important files that you want to keep before proceeding.

Boot from the HP Disk Sanitizer bootable media:

The first step is to create a bootable USB or CD/DVD using the HP Disk Sanitizer utility. You can download the utility from the HP website and follow the instructions to create the bootable media.

Once the bootable media is created, insert it into the computer and restart the computer. Press the appropriate key (usually F9 or F12) to enter the boot menu and select the bootable media.

Select the hard drive to wipe:

After booting from the bootable media, you will be presented with a menu where you can select the hard drive that you want to wipe. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the hard drive, then press Enter.

Select the wipe method:

Next, you will be asked to select the wipe method. HP Disk Sanitizer offers several different methods to choose from, ranging from a quick erase to a secure erase that meets government standards.

Select the wipe method that meets your needs, then press Enter to continue.

Confirm the wipe:

Before the wipe begins, you will be asked to confirm that you want to proceed. This is your last chance to back out and save any important data on the hard drive.

If you are sure that you want to proceed, press Y to confirm and begin the wipe process.

Wait for the wipe to complete:

The wipe process can take some time, depending on the size of the hard drive and the wipe method selected. It is important to let the process complete without interrupting it.

Once the wipe is complete, the computer will automatically reboot and you will be presented with a message indicating that the hard drive has been wiped.

That's it! You have successfully used HP Disk Sanitizer to wipe a hard drive. Keep in mind that the process is irreversible, so make sure to back up any important data before proceeding.

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