Find the Best Way to Wipe A Hard Drive

November 2, 2017

This article will give you the best way to wipe a hard drive. The AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to completely wipe HDD and secure erase SSD.

What’s the benefit of wiping a hard drive?

Many users want to wipe hard drive. Well, here we conclude why people want to wipe hard drive completely.

> Wiping hard drive for reselling it. If you want to sell your old hard drive, and do not want  others to recover the data via any data recovery tool, then, you’d better take some measures to erase all data on the hard drive.    

> Wiping hard drive for reusing it. If you want to reuse the hard drive, then, you may want it performs better than before. Thus, wiping hard drive can reset hard drive to factory settings and you can use it like a new drive. If the hard drive is an SSD, secure erase it can restore it to its peak performance.  

> Wiping hard drive for giving away to others. If you want to give away your old hard drive to others, you can wipe hard drive in advance to keep your privacy. Meanwhile, this operation will optimize the hard drive’s performance.

From those aspects, wiping a hard drive is a benefit for you.    

You can’t wipe SSD like wipe HDD

In fact, “wipe HDD” is different with “wipe SSD”. the different constructions between HDD and SSD determined the different ways of wiping HDD or wiping SSD. HDD is a data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information using one or more rigid rapidly rotating platters coated with magnetic material. The platters are paired with magnetic heads, usually arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. When you read/write data, the platter will spin in a high speed.

While SSD has no moving mechanical components. It stored data with memory chips, and it has limited read/write times. Limited SSD lifespan is controlled by program-erase cycles or P/E cycles. To erase the data on the SSD permanently is to destroy the entire drive stored the data. If you use the way of wiping HDD to wipe SSD, it may hurt the SSD and decrease its lifespan. Fortunately, here we provide you the best way to wipe a hard drive and wipe SSD securely in separate.

The best way to wipe a hard drive

Wipe a hard drive is not a simple deletion. Windows Disk Management/Diskpart allows you to format partition and delete a partition, but they are different from wiping a hard drive. If you format your hard drive or delete a partition, you usually only delete the file system, making the data invisible, or no longer blatantly indexed, but not gone, the data can be recovered by some data recovery software. While wiping data is unrecoverable. Thus, the best way to wipe a hard drive is to find a third party software. Well, the AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best hard drive eraser software that provides you to wipe HDD permanently and secure erase SSD without hurting it. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant, and follow the next contents to permanently erase hard drive.

Wipe hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you wipe HDD in a few simple steps.

Step1. Connect your HDD to a computer installed Windows 10/8/7. launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will show you its main interface contained the hard drive on your computer. Right click the hard drive you want to wipe, select Wipe Hard Drive in the pop up menu.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step2.Them, it will pop up a window that you can specify the number of times to wipe the hard drive. After setting, click OK.

Specify Passes

Step3. Finally, click Apply to execute the operations.

Apply Proceed

This is how to wipe a hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant. Different with wipe HDD, AOMEI Partition Assistant designed the special feature to wipe SSD - Secure Erase SSD, which can permanently erase data on the SSD and restore SSD to its peak performance at the same time. Well, how to secure erase SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant?  

How to secure erase SSD? 

AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to secure erase SSD. But it only works under Windows 7 environment at present. Thus, you need to prepare a Windows 7 computer.

Step1. Connect SSD to the computer installed Windows 7 operating system. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, select the SSD and right click it. Choose Secure Erase SSD at the pop up menu.

Secure Erase SSD

Step2. It will remind you that this operation will erase all data on the SSD. If there is any important data on the SSD, make sure you have backed up the data. Click Next.

Note

Step3. Here you need to select the SSD to erase at the list.

Select SSD

Step4. You may meet the problem that the SSD is in frozen state. Here you should do a hot swap to relieve the frozen state. Click “here” on the window and follow the hint to do that.

SSD Frozen

Step5. After relieving the frozen state, you can continue to secure erase SSD by clicking Next. And then, wait till the job done.

Secure Erase Successful

Secure Erase SSD of AOMEI Partition Assistant will reset SSD to factory settings and restore it to the peak performance. It can be used with no problem.

Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to wipe hard drive should be the best way to wipe a hard drive. But it is more than a hard drive eraser software. You can also use it to repartition hard drive - it also provides you to resize partition, create partition, split partition, merge partitions, etc. If you need more advanced features like allocate free space, quick partition, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to use.