wipe and / or clean HDD

November 2, 2018 at 09:15:01
Specs: Windows 8.1 xxx / et al., various Intel / 4 & 16 GB
I would very much like to wipe and clean the HDD of both of my computers
without doing any permanent / destructive damage whatsoever to the HDD or firmware (BIOS, etc.) ...

so I can load a new, clean OS without any of the garbage that has collected on my HDD from being ON LINE , ...

I have no intention of giving away, selling or destroying either computer;

so I would like to be able to continue using these computers (probably mostly OFF LINE) after the wipe/clean and new install of the OS, ....:

one is an Acer Aspire laptop with NO OPTICAL drive (no CD / DVD - ROM) running Windows 8.1 with Bing .... and a few USB ports,
[ ...Intel Celeron N2840 uP; slow clock ( 2.16 GHz), ... 4 GB of unknown RAM type ; ]

the other is a HP ProDesk 400 ... ... PC with an optical drive (DVD-ROM) and USB ports, .... that I can load a version of Windows 8.1 that can connect, ...
or Windows 7 with no Internet connection

or Linux Mint 17.3 / 17.2; both with Internet Connections, ....

or UBUNTU et al. open source OSes with no Internet connection

The HP PC has an Intel uP of some sort; probably a CORE i5 of some sort; ... xxx ???;
fast clock [3.5 GHz] (in storage; not accessible) with 8 or 16 GB of unknown RAM type

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November 2, 2018 at 12:54:47
From whatever operating system you select, when you begin the installation (presumable from flash drive or USB DVD player) you select the Custom Install Options. From there you select Format/Partition. The next step is to delete all partitions currently on the drive. Then you create a new partition (NTFS for Windows and Linux partitions as needed) and Format it (them).
If you plan on more than one partition on either machine, create only the one for the installation for Windows, you will create the others later in Disk Manager. In Linux you should create the recommended partitions from the beginning. Install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 2, 2018 at 15:06:09
how do I format the HDD of a laptop that does not have any Installation Media??

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November 2, 2018 at 15:46:26
"how do I format the HDD of a laptop that does not have any Installation Media??"

If you just want to reinstall the original OS, all you have to do is press the appropriate keys at startup to do a factory reset. See if this helps: https://us.answers.acer.com/app/ans...

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November 2, 2018 at 16:51:18
that may be sufficient, ..

I don't know, ...

It only takes about an hour or so to do that, ,.... so there is no telling what the reset feature does to the HDD

It seems to be working OK , .. now, .... .....

so a reset may have been sufficient, ....

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November 3, 2018 at 21:05:52
Factory Restore completely wipes the hard drive and reinstalls your operating system from scratch as it was from the factory. This does not mean that an experienced person could not 'find' deleted files if necessary but it does mean that a badly infected system is now completely free of the infection and it cannot return (from the hard drive at least).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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