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How to wipe/erase hard drive from CMD prompt?
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djmarkm2k145 days ago

if your your drive letter starts with a D: or it could E: or F:, you cannot Format your main drive by command promt which is C:


example change "D" to your drive letter you are formatting
FORMAT D: /FS:NTFS
or depend what file system you want, most windows uses NTFS or for it to be read by playstion as backup drive or old machines exFAT, FAT32
FORMAT D: /FS:FAT32


as you can see my drive letters are C:, F:, M:, make sure you have backup your files first before formatting your disk drive

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chamine5 days ago

Cheers i'm using windows 10 i rename drive C: add line in CMD FORMAT D: /FS:NTFS correct?
Will format neutralise any virus as well?
That's the reason why i want reformat.

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djmarkm2k144 days ago

FORMAT D: /FS:NTFS is correct,

it may clear any viruses it depend it could attach itself onto the boot sector, and formatting it will not clear it.
best thing to do is, you can a get free antivirus from https://sharewareonsale.com/product-tag/giveaway+active-deals?os=windows
free antivirus like Bitdefender with six month free subscription,

when the subscription runs out, go back to the site and download a new copy with new serial, for another free six months, it better than 30days trial, and you end up having free antivirus for life :) or register with a different email address and you get several serial keys with six months subscription.

also you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
this free to download,

this will wipe the partition on your hard and also format it, and will clear the viruses that is attached to the boot sector, if you are unsure how to use it please get back and message and let me know and i will post examples for you

install antivirus first before using the MiniTool Partition Wizard

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chamine4 days ago

Thanks for the priceless info.I'm using ESET Internet Security (paid licence for two years would share key with u if u want) and Hitman Pro as a second opinion.MiniTool Partition Wizard no idea how to use i also tried "windows to go" as i have a FREECOM 2TB USB drive but windows says You running windows 10 enterprise which cannot be used for "windows to go".
My idea was copy windows onto USB drive restart from it and wipe drive C: and reinstall OS.
Any suggestion?

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nathanq3 days ago

To erase and format go to command prompt and type "format c:/".

replace the "c" with the drive letter of your choice but please be aware that once this has started you will lose everything stored on the drive you have chosen.

If you want to delete the drive as you are throwing it away. Get some safety goggles, a large hammer and have fun ;-)

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