Format, delete or wipe a hard drive before selling/donating, which
Did you guys hear the horror stories that someone buys a second-hand hard disk from
eBay or the flea market, and then find lots of personal data still on the drive left
by the previous user? Or what’s worse, if it is the cyber criminals that got such
used hard drive, then there are chances that they will take advantage of the privacy
information to threat and blackmail the previous owner.
“It would never happen to me, since I will delete all partitionson the
disk, or format the drive when I don’t need it any longer, all the data is
absolutely cleared” you might say. Sorry to tell that all the data you believed
erased actually still exists on the hard drive. The data just becomes invisible, but
not gone forever.
What you should do is to completely wipe the hard drive to clear the data
permanently, which is much better and safer than only deleting or formatting it
before selling it or giving it to others. So you might need a professional hard
Best hard disk eraser- AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional
To be as safe as possible, you might need a reliable hard drive eraser which can
clear the disk in such a way that it’s impossible for anyone to recover the content
even with a professional data recovery tool.
Here we highly recommend AOMEI
Partition Assistant Standard Professional. It is designed for Windows operating
systems, such as Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP and Vista. To wipe
drives completely, it develops “Wipe Hard Drive” function and “SSD Secure Erase
Wizard”, the former is used to clear all data from Hard Disk Drives, while the
latter is designed to erase everything from Solid State Drives, which can help restore SSD performance to some
How to clear hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 via AOMEI Partition Assistant?
As talked above, AOMEI Partition Assistant provides two different methods to
permanently and safely wipe data from HDD and SSD, depending on what you want to
achieve. Below we’ll offer detailed instructions for both.
Before you do: Since the process will delete all content on the disk, please make adata backup to keep something you
don’t want to wipe out.
Steps to wipe data on HDD completely
Step1. Run the hard drive wipe software, find and right-click the hard drive you want
to wipe, then choose Wipe Hard Drive.
Step2. In this pop-out window, you are offered 4 different hard drive wiping methods.
Choose one according to your needs and click OK.
Step3: Click Apply ->Proceed to execute the operation.
This method could also apply to wipe a USB drive, pen
drive, SD card, memory card and more.
Steps to secure erase SSD in Windows 7
SSD’s reading and writing methods differ from traditional hard drive, so we need a
different way to wipe data from SSD safely. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional
develops dedicated feature for SSD erase, with which you can clear all data on SSD
without causing damages. But this feature only works on Windows 7 by far, so please
first connect your chosen SSD to a computer running Windows 7 and make sure it is
successfully detected, and then follow the steps to erase SSD drives.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant and click SSD Secure Erase
Wizard in the left side. And click Next.
Step 2. Choose the SSD you want to erase from the given disk list and click Next.
Step 3. At SSD identification information page, you may find the SSD is in a frozen
state which is set to prevent someone else from modifying your drive settings.
Perform a hot swap to release this restriction according to the tutorials. Then
Click Next to start wipe all data on SSD drive completely
Step 4. In most situations, it will be done in a short time.
What we learned
Whether you want to wipe an HDD or SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can be
a powerful hard drive eraser software. Moreover, it can also work as a nice SSD
optimization tool to fix the SSD
slowing down issue. Last but not least, when you finish wiping the disk, it
will show as unallocated space. If you want to use it again, you can try its “Quick Partition” function to create multiple
partitions in one click.