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Wiping a drive with windows on it

Hi all. I recently upgraded my boot drive from a SSD to an NVME. I used the Samsung migration software which was great and easy to use. However, I wish to use the old drive for another project and it still has my windows"image" on it. How can I wipe it?

I've tried plugging it in. But the bios doesn't see it as a drive. I think because its got an OS on it, it doesn't see it as a slave.

 

Bring back the days of moving the jumpers on the rear of the drive! Lol

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15 minutes ago, Bassai Dai said:

Hi all. I recently upgraded my boot drive from a SSD to an NVME. I used the Samsung migration software which was great and easy to use. However, I wish to use the old drive for another project and it still has my windows"image" on it. How can I wipe it?

I've tried plugging it in. But the bios doesn't see it as a drive. I think because its got an OS on it, it doesn't see it as a slave.

 

Bring back the days of moving the jumpers on the rear of the drive! Lol

Drive manager in windows should see it.

Be patient.

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53 minutes ago, Bassai Dai said:

I've tried plugging it in. But the bios doesn't see it as a drive. I think because its got an OS on it, it doesn't see it as a slave.

It having an OS shouldn't be an issue. Does it show up in the drive manager in Windows?

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4 minutes ago, TomvanWijnen said:

It having an OS shouldn't be an issue. Does it show up in the drive manager in Windows?

I think it did, but wouldn't let me do anything with it.
 
I think I'll take a screenshot after work. Should it be a relatively simple process?
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2 hours ago, Bassai Dai said:

 

I think it did, but wouldn't let me do anything with it.
 
I think I'll take a screenshot after work. Should it be a relatively simple process?

Hmm, weird.

 

It should be a relatively simple process indeed.

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15 hours ago, Bassai Dai said:

 

I think it did, but wouldn't let me do anything with it.
 
I think I'll take a screenshot after work. Should it be a relatively simple process?

You sure your M.2 drive is NVMe and not SATA? Because a SATA M.2 drive often will occupy the same resources as a SATA cabled drive. Either way, try moving the SATA SSD to another port on the motherboard. Also be sure both drives are enumerated in BIOS. That way you can rule out possible Windows issues.

 

Assuming for a moment that both drives are detected in BIOS, both drives will be available in Disk Management within Windows. 

 

Alternatively, you can use the DiskPart command to clean the drive. !!!WARNING!!! All data will be wiped. Be sure you've selected the correct disk to clean.

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26 minutes ago, StDragon said:

You sure your M.2 drive is NVMe and not SATA? Because a SATA M.2 drive often will occupy the same resources as a SATA cabled drive. Either way, try moving the SATA SSD to another port on the motherboard. Also be sure both drives are enumerated in BIOS. That way you can rule out possible Windows issues.

Moreover with some newer Ryzen CPUs even an NVMe drive can disable certain SATA ports. This is because the CPU comes with a set of pins that directly provide 1 NVMe slot and 2 SATA ports (in addition to whatever the chipset provides). However the pins can't do both at the same time which means that an NVMe in that particular slot will disable both of the SATA ports using those pins.

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Thanks all. I really apologize for the vague post. I was sat on the toilet at the time!

 

I've managed to identify and fix the problem. Apparently my NVME and SSD have the same "signature" or something (Probably because one is a clone from another). I went into Disk Management, enabled the disk manually, and then managed a format.

 

Thanks all!

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