How to wipe drives?
My current setup is in need of update, and I decided to switch from ATX to Mini ITX... Now I use Windows 7 OEM so I'll need to re-install Windows when I get the new board. I don't just want to re-install Windows though, I want to wipe my drives clean. I have a Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD with Windows 7 and some games on it, and a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (32MB cache) HDD with the rest of my stuff on it. How do I wipe them both using the computer they're in so that when I put them in the new build they are like new (completely empty)?
For the WD HDD, just go to:
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
Select that drive in bottom-right panel.
Right-click and choose "Format" if there's only one partition on it.
If two or more partitions, delete them all.
Then create "New Simple Volume" on the unallocated space.
For the SSD with Windows on it, you'll need to boot the PC from a bootable utility CD such as the free MiniTool Partition Wizard here: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
When the CD has loaded the wizard interface, select the SSD and format it (Quick Format if possible).