1. Mr MnmlEngr's Avatar
    I recently had an HP Envy that suddenly died. I’m talking on one minute, and then turned off suddenly and now won’t turn back on. Plugged in, not plugged in, long press of the power button, no luck.
    I replaced it with a Surface Laptop, so I’m not looking to repair it, but I would like to wipe it of all of my data before recycling it. Does anyone have any idea how to wipe a laptop that won’t boot up?
    11-21-2020 04:59 PM
  2. me just saying's Avatar
    going have to pull the drive and plug it into another computer via dock, enclosure, or sata to usb cable.
  3. me just saying's Avatar
    going have to pull the drive and plug it into another computer via dock, enclosure, or sata to usb cable.
    11-21-2020 10:11 PM
  4. Mr MnmlEngr's Avatar
    Great! I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you! Once I’ve gotten in connected to my working machine, do I just reformat it? Do I use some sort of software to wipe it to OEM settings? If there’s already knowledge on this even a link would be appreciated

    Thank you!
    11-22-2020 12:48 PM
  5. me just saying's Avatar
    Great! I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you! Once I’ve gotten in connected to my working machine, do I just reformat it? Do I use some sort of software to wipe it to OEM settings? If there’s already knowledge on this even a link would be appreciated

    Thank you!
    Yea, you can reformat it. Just right click the drive in windows explorer and click format in the drop down menu. no additional software needed. but before formatting, you can copy over any files on the old drive you want to save.
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    11-22-2020 01:17 PM
  6. JasLit's Avatar
    Make sure to use FULL FORMAT, not quick format - just in case you want to sell the drive etc. FULL FORMAT will zero out everything. After quick formatting (some/plenty of) information can be recovered
    11-28-2020 11:46 PM
  7. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    going have to pull the drive and plug it into another computer via dock, enclosure, or sata to usb cable.
    Marked this one best answer. :-)
    Yesterday 09:57 AM

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