By Emily / Last Updated October 24, 2019

Need to wipe a hard drive in Windows 7 without CD

Hello, I have an AsusG50V which cannot boot into Windows now. It did not come with recovery discs and the Windows installation CD does not work anymore anyway. I need to wipe the drive but how can I reload Windows7 on the computer? Anyone have any idea on how to wipe a hard drive Windows 7 without CD?

Wipe hard drive before selling or donating it

When it comes to selling, donating or throwing away the old hard drive, many users might choose to delete all partitions on the hard drive or format it. But both of the choices don’t delete everything completely. They just make all data become invisible to operating system. Moreover, those deleted files are still there and can be recovered with a proper data recovery tool.

In order to keep your private information and financial details safe, wiping the hard drive completely as an empty one before selling or donating is the best.

How to wipe a hard drive Windows 7 without CD?

To wipe or erase a hard drive permanently, it’s best to find some reliable hard drive wipe software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is such a data wiping program that helps you to wipe a hard drive or wipe a partition safely in Windows 10/8/7. The data will be deleted permanently and data recovery possibility will be decreased significantly.

Most importantly, if your Windows cannot boot successfully and no Windows installation CD is available, AOMEI Partition Assistant enables you to create a bootable USB drive first, boot from it and then wipe a hard drive under WinPE environment.

To wipe hard drive Windows 7 without CD, the following preparations are necessary:

1. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and launch it on your Windows computer.

2. Plug an empty USB drive to your computer and use AOMEI Partition Assistant to create a bootable USB. (If your computer can boot into Windows, skip this one.)

3. The data will be removed completely via this method and it’s impossible to recover them after that. So please be careful and back up important data at first.

  • Below we will take how to wipe a system Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as an example:

Step 1. Boot your computer from the USB drive just created. It contains the preinstalled AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Once login, you will see the software running. Right click the system disk you want to wipe, and select “Wipe Hard drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive System

Note: if your Windows 7 computer can boot up successfully, you can directly right-click the system disk and select "Wipe Hard Drive".

Step 2. Choose the first way to wipe the chosen hard drive and click “OK”.

Fill Sectors With Zero System

Step 3. Then a mini window will pop out saying “This disk contains a system partition. If this system partition is deleted your computer won’t start the next time!”. If you are sure you want to perform this operation, just click “Yes” to next step.

Confirm Delete System

Step 4. Click “Apply” to start the data wiping process. (PS: Required Reboot after completed)

Apply Delete System

  • To wipe Solid State Drive (SSD):

If the hard drive you want to erase is an SSD, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Its “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” can help erase all data on the SSD without hurting it. But this feature can just work on Windows 7 computer by far, so you need to plug your SSD to a Windows 7 computer and then perform this task.

Warning: Backup SSD first if necessary because this operation will erase all data on the SSD completely.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro. Right click the SSD drive you want to wipe and click “SSD Secure Erase”.

SSD Secure Erase

Step 2. Then an SSD erase note will pop out, informing you of data loss and making data backup in advanced. Besides, this operation will reset SSD to factory settings.

Secure Erase Notice

Step 3. In this page, you can select the SSD that needs to be erased.

Choose SSD

Step 4.There are chances that your SSD is in a frozen state. Then, you can click “here” to follow a tutorial to perform a hot swap for the SSD.

SSD Identification Information

Step 5. After a successful hot swap, you can continue to secure erase SSD by clicking “Next”. When it is completed, click "Finish".

Operation Result


This is how to wipe a hard drive Windows 7 without CD when Windows fails to start. No matter you want to wipe an HDD or SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be helpful. Furthermore, it can also help you clone SSD to HDD, migrate only OS drive to SSD, recover lost partition, etc.