Securely Format A Drive In Windows 8 From The Command Line

Securely Format a Drive in Windows 8 from the Command Line

As you probably know, formatting a hard drive doesn't completely erase the data on it. You must overwrite the data to securely destroy it, preferably multiple times. Windows 8 let's you do this with the format command and the /p parameter.

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We've covered how to do a secure erase before, but all you need now is Windows 8. The command is:

Format H: /P:7

The number after /P: is the number of secure erases Windows performs (so in this case it's a total of 7). Read more at the link below.

Pro tip: Use Windows 8's Format command to perform a secure disk wipe [Tech Republic]


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