After many years or a decade of use, your Acer laptop is likely to contain years of critical and personal information that poses a risk if not deleted. With the quantity of personal and business data that each laptop contains, failing to erase all data and documents before selling or disposing of them might expose your privacy to catastrophic data breaches from persons who are not in your sights.
However, there are 2 situations when users wish to wipe their Acer laptops.
Case 1: Use Acer laptop to wipe another disk
“I have an external HDD that I wish to give to my friend. I want to do a complete wipe on my Acer laptop. So, how can I thoroughly wipe everything on it with my Acer laptop? Do I need any software?”
In this situation, the user wants to wipe an external hard drive on an Acer laptop. As a Windows PC, Acer only has Disk Management and Diskpart to format or delete the disk, but both ways can’t completely clean your data, using a data recovery tool may retrieve your information back. Only wiping data and overwriting random data to cover it can protect your privacy, which only can be realized by a professional disk wipe tool.
Case 2: Plan to sell the Acer laptop
“I am preparing to sell my Acer laptop and would like to remove all of the data on it so that it may be reset to factory settings. Can you propose any applications or methods for erasing all data on the laptop? Thanks.”
In this case, the user only needs to do a factory reset to his Acer laptop to remove all files and keep the system on the disk. And if your Acer laptop can’t boot normally, a factory reset might solve the problems.
Thus, to satisfy different needs, in the following contents, we’ll separately show you how to wipe your hard drive on Acer laptop in 2 parts. You can select one case according to your situation.
How to wipe and reset Acer laptop?
For some users who only need to wipe and reset their Acer laptops, you can choose Acer Care Centre, an Acer built-in management tool. Acer Care Center software enables you to backup and restores your system settings and networking drivers.
Step 1: In the search box on your laptop, type Recovery.
Step 2: Click the Acer Recovery Management from the search result.
Step 3: Click the Recovery Management in the left sidebar.
Step 4: In Acer Care Center, make sure are you in the Restore tab.
Step 5: Click the Get started button next to the Reset your PC section.
Step 6: Click the Remove everything option.
Step 7: Click the Just remove my files or Remove files and clean the drive option depending on your needs.
Step 8: Click the Reset option.
Step 9: You’ll see your screen shows the Acer logo, wait for a while once you finished all instructions. Your PC might reboot several times.