Securely Erase SSD Drive to Wipe Data

Before selling your SSD, you need to erase SSD drive securely to wipe data in Windows 10/8/7 so that your data on it won’t be retrieved with despiteful purpose.

April 13, 2016

Securely Erase SSD Drive to Wipe Data

Secure Erase SSD

Secure Erase is a feature of the firmware which enables you to delete the whole cells on an SSD and restores it to factory default value and performance. Secure Erase SSD will help you reset the whole regions of the NADA contained the ones are invisible to other software tools.

Secure Erase SSD is useful for you when you have to remove data permanently or there is a dramatically decreasing speed coming from a hard workload or the environment of TRIM less. For other reasons you don’t need to secure erase SSD, because TRIM and garbage collection can help you automatically.

How to Erase SSD Safely?

SSD is regarded as the best upgrade to your computers, so most of the users try to use it. However SSD has limited writing times, which leads to some problems especially how to erase SSD securely. Although the erasing of SSD is different from HDD, don’t worry, there are ways for you to erase SSD safely.

  • Erase SSD with ATA Secure Erase

Secure Erase is a firmware capability in the SSD, which is offered by a lot of SSD manufactures. It is possible for you to erase most of SSDs with it, even though this is more like reset. The command of ATA Secure Erase orders the drive to wipe all stored electrons compelling the drive to forget the whole stored data. The command resets all blocks which are available to the erasing state, which is the same like TRIM uses for garbage collection.

Actually, the command writes nothing to the drive. In fact, it makes a SSD apply a voltage spike to all of available NAND in unison to reset the space of each available block in one operation. In this way, you use a whole program-erase cycle which does small harm to the lifespan of drive, but still unnecessary unless you’re troubleshooting.

  • Erase SSD with Manufacture Software

A lot of manufacturers offer users with software for their SSD which is used to upgrade firmware and apply tasks like secure erase. So you need to find the brand of your SSD and find out the software. But sometime you may find there is no ATA Secure Erase command in their software. in this situation you need to try the following ways.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free partition software, which devotes to partition management. With this software, you can erase all the data on your SSD to avoid others using your data by recovery.

Before you do:

Backup those useful data which you don’t want to wipe from the disk in advance. A disk will become blank as soon as it has been wiped, but you can make the full use of this disk by repartition it.

Step1: Download, install and launch it. Right-click the SSD you want to erase and then choose Wipe Hard Drive.

Step2: Set the number of times you want to wipe the hard drive. You can specify the number from 1-100.

Step3: If you want to perform the operation then click Apply.

Note:

  • Once the wipe operation is carried out by AOMEI Partition Assistant, the data will not be recovered by any data recovery software, so use with caution.
  • You can specify the number of times to wipe from 1 to 100. The larger the number, the longer the operating time. In most instances, one time will be sufficient. You may need to partition your SSD after erasing everything.
  • AOMEI Partition Assistant is not a file-level wipe software but a sector-level one. So, you can only use AOMEI Partition Assistant to wipe partition or disk. After a partition/disk has been wiped, all the files on it will be erased simultaneously. If you do need to wipe a specific file, then you have to download a file-level wipe software.

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