Will formatting wipe data from hard drive?
When you want to sell or donate your old hard drive after having replaced the old disk with SSD or bigger HDD, you may consider to format hard drive to protect personal information. But is the data really wiped after formatting?
No! In fact, formatting hard drive just has the data invisible to you. The data can be easily recovered by certain data recovery software. In a nutshell, formatting won’t remove data from hard drive completely and permanently.
Find out a good disk wipe software
As what mentioned above, formatting hard drive is not helpful in permanently wiping data from hard drive. At this point, you can employ certain third party disk wipe utility to erase data completely. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional will be my preference.
As it is well known, the structure of HDD and SSD is different and it is inappropriate to erase data on HDD and SSD applying the same way. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is featured with two functions: Wipe Hard Drive and SSD Secure Erase, satisfying your demands of wiping HDD and SSD separately. Besides, it is with simple and intuitive graphic interface, enabling you to make use of it without efforts.
Wipe disk in Windows via AOMEI Partition Assistant
Now, let’s see how to use AOMEI Partition Assistant to erase data completely from HDD or SSD in Windows. First of all, you can download the demo version of it and install it.
Wipe data from HDD in Windows 10/8/7
If your storage device is hard disk drive, you can follow the steps given below:
Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, in the main interface, right click the HDD that you need to wipe and choose “Wipe Hard Drive”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, specify the number of times to wipe your disk. Then, click “OK”.
*The number of times to wipe can vary from 1 to 100. The larger the number is, the more time required.
Step 3. Here you can preview the result. If it is OK, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to perform the operation.
Note:You are also able to wipe system hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
Wipe data from SSD in Windows 7
If your storage device is solid state drive, do as the following steps to perform SSD Secure Erase. As Secure Erase SSD Wizard is only working on Windows 7 at present, you need to connect the SSD to Windows 7 based computer if you are working with Windows 10/8/8.1.
Step 1. Launch this disk wipe software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click SSD Secure Erase Wizard on the left and click “Next”.
Step 2. Select the SSD that you want to securely erase and click “Next”.
Step 3. There are chances that you’ll be prompted that the selected SSD is in a frozen state… If so, do a hot swap to relieve the frozen state.
Perform hot swap:
Open case cover back cove (for desktop) or hard shell (for laptop)
Find the location of target SSD and unplug power cable & SATA cable in sequence.
Plug SATA cable into the SATA or IDE port and power cable into the power port in order.
Close the cover.
Step 4. Then, click“Next”to continue the operation.
Note: Apart from wiping disk data permanently, SSD Secure Erase can improve the performance as well.
Whether your storage device is hard disk drive or solid state drive, you are able to turn to the disk wipe software – AOMEI Partition Assistant to wipe data completely. What you need to pay attention is that you should choose proper function for your disk. And AOMEI Partition Assistant is featured with many other functions. It allows you to migrate OS to new hard drive without reinstalling; convert disk from MBR to GPT/GPT to MBR, allocating free space from one partition to another and so on.