How To Your Clean Hard Drive & Reinstall Windows 10
How you can save yourself a heap load of time and effort should your PC or laptop crash while updating Windows 10.
We have seen many computers that have been ruined when the Windows 10 operating system is updating due to various reasons.
Whatever the reason – if you lose internet connection or switch off your PC while critical updates are installing – you could lose EVERYTHING and grind to a shuddering halt. After that you could end up with expensive repair costs to brighten your day even further.
We have a cheap and simple solution to help should you ever run into this problem. There are only 2 costs to you.
- 2 x 4GB USB dongles (available here) which you can then use for any PC – even your friends’ or colleagues’ computers. if they destroy their own operating system instead of yours by turning your PC off while it is updating. This happens frequently in many offices.
- Any metered internet connection charges you may get for 4Gb of data download.
Usually before some-one runs into this problem we get the chance to strongly recommend taking the action detailed below as quickly as possible – we have had to reinstall several machines for others already this year.
Using the instructions below you will create 2 auto-loading USB Flash drives to enable you to restore your PC to a completely clean state after an operating system wipe-out shuts down any PC or laptop. This is also useful for mobile phones and tablets as the software creators below also offer free versions of the necessary cleaning software for these devices.
In this article we will be showing you:
- How To Download Rufus
- How To Download Dban
- How To Create A Dban Dongle Using Rufus
- How To Create A Media Creation Kit Dongle – Windows 10
- How To Clean Your PC Using Dban
- How To Reinstall Windows 10 onto your clean PC
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
We will be using Rufus to create USB drives that will automatically load when inserted into your PC and then switched on. You may need to refer to your PC’s instruction manual in order to set your PC or laptop to enable USB auto-loading as this will be under the BIOS section of your PC that loads before Windows when you turn on your PC. This will be under BIOS BOOT ORDER (click here for details)
If you don’t have access to your PC’s instruction manual they are generally downloadable after a Google search for each computer type or manufacturer. Should you need further help simply get in touch with us and we will do our best to help. We have 35+ years experience of computer systems and software which often comes in handy.
What is Dban – Why use it?
Sometimes, when Windows 10 operating system crashes your PC, it will lock into a recovery loop and keep trying to recover itself, denying you the chance to access the Windows 10 desktop. This can often lock you into a continual cycle that’s almost impossible to break.
Until this loop is broken the Windows 10 Recovery USB will be of no value.
For this reason, it’s best at times to be able to wipe everything from your hard drive, including ALL Windows 10 programs PLUS all data.
Delete information stored on hard disk drives (HDDs) in PC laptops, desktops or servers. Plus, remove viruses/spyware from Microsoft Windows installations.
While DBAN is free to use, there’s no guarantee of data removal. It cannot detect or erase SSDs and does not provide a certificate of data removal for auditing purposes or regulatory compliance. Hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling), customer support and software updates are not available using DBAN. Should you need to erase data from a SSD or require a certificate of data removal, request a free trial of Blancco Drive Eraser.
How To Use Rufus To Create A Dban Dongle
We will be using Rufus to copy the Dban software onto one of the USB drives and to enable the USB dongle to load automatically when inserted and then your PC switched on. This is because Dban does not run under the Windows operating system – it’s just a small program that lets you clean everything from your hard drive – INCLUDING ANY CORRUPTED VERSIONS OF WINDOWS PLUS ALL DATA ON THAT HARD DRIVE.
Creating The Dban Drive:
Insert a USB drive dongle into any USB slot on your PC.
Load the Rufus (rufus.exe) program from where you downloaded it to on your computer. You will now see this displayed.
Using the drop down box labelled FreeDOS select the ISO Image option.
We now need to select the Dban.ISO file we downloaded earlier. To do this click the small icon next to the ISO Image box we set just now. Next select the Dban file you downloaded earlier.
What is the Windows Media Creation Kit – Why use it?
Microsoft, the creators of Windows 10, have made life a great deal easier for all their users by enabling you to create a boot-able USB dongle directly from their website. There are 2 versions of Windows 10 that you can download.
- 32 bit version – for all PCs & laptops with 2Gb of memory (RAM) or LESS
- 64 bit version – for all PCs & laptops with more than 2Gb of memory
Microsoft also offer a dual 32 & 64 bit version but we’ve found this a little unreliable so we recommend that you choose the correct version for your machines.
If you are unsure how much memory you have installed simply type – SYSTEM INFO – into the Windows/Cortana search box on your PC to call up the system info application. Beside the section INSTALLED PHYSICAL MEMORY you will see the Gb of memory your system has. All 32 bit aps require 2Gb or less memory – all 64 bit aps need more than 2Gb or more memory.
How To Create A Media Creation Kit Dongle – Windows 10
Once you’ve completed the download simply insert a BLANK USB dongle, run the program and follow the onscreen instructions. This typically can take up to an hour.
How To Clean Your PC Using Dban
Switch off your PC or laptop and insert the Dban USB we created earlier.
Dban should now load automatically – if it doesn’t refer to your PC instruction manual BIOS BOOT ORDER.
Allow Dban to scan your PC so that it gathers all necessary information that it needs. When this is completed you will see the > symbol flashing as your PC awaits your instructions.
Type – AUTONUKE – and press ENTER.
Dban will now commence to clear your PC. After a few moments you will see how long Dban expects this to take.
This is usually best done overnight as this process can take many hours (typically 12 hours per 1Tb of hard drive space to be cleared.
Once the process is complete you will see a full screen colour advert about Dban. You can now switch off your PC and remove the Dban USB Drive.
How To Reinstall Windows 10 onto your clean PC
Switch off your PC or laptop and insert the Windows 10 USB we created earlier.
The Windows 10 installer should now load automatically – if it doesn’t refer to your PC instruction manual BIOS BOOT ORDER.
Simply follow the onscreen instructions and, hey presto, you’ve got a new Windows 10 clean installation ready to go on your PC or laptop.
Summing It All Up
Hopefully, this article has helped you be prepared for any major disaster that kills your PC.
Please remember – we are here to help you with advice about any problems you may have – anytime. After following these instructions you will now be the owner of 2 USB installation dongles (Dban/Windows 10).
Keep these in a safe place because you really don’t know when you, or some-one else, will need them.
Good luck from the team and happy Surfing!!
If you have and comments or queries just get in touch using the comments section below…we look forward to hearing from you & any success stories you may wish to share with our members.
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