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Quick easy way to format the HD and erase all files?

I want to sell my older Windows 8.1 PC, and need a quick easy way to format the HD and erase all files, making just a C drive. It didn't come with a Windows install disk.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    FX-8310
    Memory
    DDR3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R7 240 2GB
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows-7 64-Bit Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Elite 8300 CMT
    CPU
    3.40 gigahertz Intel Core i7-3770
    Motherboard
    Whatever HP uses
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    On mother board
    Sound Card
    On mother board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black 6TB
    PSU
    Whatever HP uses
    Case
    Whatever HP uses
    Cooling
    Whatever HP uses
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum, varies up to 100MB
    Browser
    IE-11 and MS Edge
    Antivirus
    MSE + WebRoot
    Other Info
    Nothing exotic, essentially just generic HP PC

KYHI

Well-Known Member
Pro User
Most Windows 8/8.1 Computers came with a Recovery Image (Partition) - You may be able to Restore the PC to Factory State...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
I don't know how to do this, which was why I asked if there was a simple way. Used to be, I could just say Format: C:
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    FX-8310
    Memory
    DDR3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R7 240 2GB

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
No you can't. But then a PC without a working Operating System is a worthless piece of junk.
A neat way to prepare any PC for sale or giveaway, is:
Go into the users app in the Control Panel, and create a new user and give it a generic name with Administrator Privileged.
Then reboot the PC, and log in as the new user (don't use a password. The new owner can add a password if they want to)
Then once you're logged in as the new user, go back into the Users app in the Control panel, and delete the OLD User.
That not only deletes the user but all of that user's data files/folders/etc.
I've done that a few (dozen) times myself, and it works a treat and you don't loose the OS, Drivers, setups, etc.
Now you'll have a PC that's actually refreshed and worth something.

If someone gives me an old PC, that's the first thing I do, to preserve the OS, Drivers, etc.
Then I can tweak it, and tune it, to my own specifications.

Good Luck,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
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