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Clean Install Windows 8.1 - Need to wipe drive??

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    Clean Install Windows 8.1 - Need to wipe drive??


    Hi,

    I am about to do a clean install of Win 8.1 on a previous SSD that has win8.1 already on it.. (My old system)

    Nobody ever seems to talk about actually wiping the drive.. especially you I actually if I did have a virus/malware...

    So my question is :

    Do I need to really "wipe" the drive before clean installing windows? as in nuke the drive/overwrite with zeros..etc?

    Lets say if I did have a virus, is that when I would "nuke" that drive? or zero it out etc..

    thanks.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Brooksndun,

    I personally find it best to just delete the drive until it shows as "unallocated", then select the unallocated drive to install Windows to during setup. This would a true clean install.

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    Ok so no real reason to sit through a "zero" out the drive process then.. even If I (just hypothetically speaking) had a virus..

    thanks.

    (and i was actually hoping Brink would answer this and you did! .. the bait worked, anyway thanks.)
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    My pleasure to help.

    Yeah, no need to do a "clean all" overwrite on the drive unless you were going to sell or toss the drive to help prevent any chances of data recovery from it.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Unless have the rare BIOS virus, your good.
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    well i have uefi bios or whatnot.. so I'm assuming i have no rare bios virus..
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    well i have uefi bios or whatnot.. so I'm assuming i have no rare bios virus..
    True, very rare , interesting read here though attacks firmware of BIOS sure would not matter UEFI ,again rare, Is BadBIOS real?
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