Formatting a hard drive questions

I have a Dell Desktop Inspiron running Windows 8.1.

I made a clone of my C drive on a 2nd drive in my computer. I would like to completely wipe out everything on that 2nd drive and have a fresh new empty hard drive. But it has four or five partitions. I would like for format the whole thing but am unsure how to do so.

Will someone give me some direction?



You first need to delete the partitions. Use diskmgmt.msc (open control or any explorer window. Tight click on this computer, select manage to get to the storage interface)
Once all partitions are deleted, you would create a new partition spanning the entire drive and then format it.

MAKe sure that what you verify the drive you wish to wipe as that is not reversible.



You first need to delete the partitions. Use diskmgmt.msc (open control or any explorer window. Tight click on this computer, select manage to get to the storage interface)
Once all partitions are deleted, you would create a new partition spanning the entire drive and then format it.

MAKe sure that what you verify the drive you wish to wipe as that is not reversible.



>> But it has four or five partitions << i would identify these first - you want to retain one or 2
what i do is as follows :A-during install :1-i boot from the Windows install DVD
2-at the disk identification, i delete the partitions i want to delete (in most cases, the partition i want to keep is at the end of drive (recovery partition )
then i just proceed the install
B-you can hook the drive to a working system also, and use disk management then to delete the partitions + format



Open Disk Management from the Power User Menu.
Find the hard drive you want to format.
Delete the partitions.
Right-click or tap-and-hold on it and choose Format
For the new partition(s) choose GPT if the hard drive is 2 TB or larger.
Choose MBR if it's smaller than 2 TB.

A good step by step guide by Tim Fisher is posed on pcsupport.about.com
Link:http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/fl/format-hard-drive-windows-8.htm



nobody seems to care that it is the C: drive...
best connect it to another PC - as i suggested



Another approach is to download the test utility from your HDD vendkrs website (seatools or wddiag, others have alos their own tools) and fill with zeroes the second drive. Then it will look as if you have bought it right now. All sectors are empty.

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