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Is there a way to wipe the hard drives of a windows machine remotely? like the remote wipe function that's built into iOS. I can still use remote desktop to access (with admin rights) the machine, so I can install any program.

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why the down vote? – Josh Jul 16 '13 at 19:23
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You can not wipe down system drive, obviously...

If you have remote desktop connection as admin to the machine than you can wipe down non-system drives.

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is there a way to overwrite the free space in the system drive with zeros? – Josh Jul 16 '13 at 19:22
Yes. You can do that. Various security related programs will do the trick. Depends on what OS are you running. For Windows there is Eraser – VL-80 Jul 16 '13 at 19:27
Why is it obvious that the system drive can not be wiped down? – Ярослав Рахматуллин Jul 16 '13 at 21:50
If by wiping down a hardrive/partition we consider removing all the data from it than I guess it is hardly possible to accomplish such an operation on the system partition which is currently loaded especially on Windows. Of course one can do ssh root@host, rm -rf --no-preserve-root / but at some point rm will remove enough files for system to crash. At this point there should be files still remaining there, thus operation of wiping down a hard drive would be left incomplete. Am I wrong on this point? – VL-80 Jul 16 '13 at 22:38

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 will have this feature, it however will only remove specific information, documents, e-mails, but not the whole OS.

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