The easiest way to erase a hard drive is to perform the “Reset this PC” function within Windows. You can do so by following these steps:
Step 1. Open “Settings” by right-clicking on your Start menu and clicking on “Settings.”
Step 2. Inside “Settings,” click on “Update & Security.”
Step 3. Click “Recovery.”
Step 4. Once inside “Recovery,” click on “Get started” under “Reset this PC.”
Step 5. Select “Remove everything.”
Step 6. If you are simply reimaging for reuse or repurposing the machine for additional Church use, click “Next.” If you are surplusing the machine or shipping it off for disposal, click “Change settings,” toggle the option to “On” for data erasure, and hit “Confirm.”
Step 7. Once you hit “Next,” you’ll receive one final prompt that summarizes what you’ve requested and asks you to confirm. Hit “Reset” to start the reset process.
Step 8. After you confirm and hit “Reset,” a message will appear saying, “Preparing to reset this PC. It will start automatically.” Once the PC has finished preparing and the progress percentage reaches 100%, the PC will reboot and start the reset process. This process can take anywhere from 25 minutes to a few hours depending on the options you’ve chosen. You should see a progress percentage after the PC reboots; once it reaches 100%, the reset is complete, and the computer is wiped and ready for reuse or surplus.