How do I reset two Hard Drives at once?

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Ok so I have an SSD with Windows 10 Pro and I have an HDD for storage, media etc. Now I want to ERASE EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) so that when I start the PC I get the Red Pyramid and the American Megatrends display. How would I do this, I have researched for a few hours but I am very confused and more

Ok so I have an SSD with Windows 10 Pro and I have an HDD for storage, media etc. Now I want to ERASE EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) so that when I start the PC I get the Red Pyramid and the American Megatrends display. How would I do this, I have researched for a few hours but I am very confused and more inside the hole I dug than I was before research. Please be simple as I know very little in Computers. Thanks

Best Answer:

Andreas III: If you aren't worried about the Data, boot the Windows 10 setup disk. At some point it will ask where you want to install Windows, and show you the disks and partitions it's found. You can then delete those partitions. From that point Windows will create new blank partitions and install. If you want the disks 'blank" then cancel the setup at that point before any files are copied. Then when you reboot (without the DVD) you will get "no boot disk" sort of message. You may end up with a blank text screen with that message as the BIOS and AMI logo usually vanish before the machine tries to boot. But either way, it's not going to start.

Now this doesn't do a full wipe of the disk and technically files could be recovered. But it's fine if you just want to start again, and you are keeping the disks for yourself.

If you want all the info 100% GONE, then download DBAN. (Darik's Boot And Nuke) This is a bootable Linux CD. You boot off that and select the disks you want blanked. The program then goes away and writes random numbers over every block of the disk. Nothings coming back after that. Use that if you are selling or giving the disk away and want to be sure nothing sensitive is left on the disk to be recovered.
http://www.dban.org/

Other answer:

Andreas III:
I think you just want to see the bios, which you can probably do if you hit the right key combo before the quick boot manages do to it's thing, which is hard with a SSD because it makes it that much faster.
ky:
You can format them. But i suggest you use a tool called DBAN. dariks boot and nuke. It completely erases everything.
keerok:
Throw them in the lake.

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