How to Reset Seagate External Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/10?

July 19, 2018

Read this paper to learn how to reset Seagate external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10: Erase Seagate external hard drive and wipe external Seagate hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Need to reset Seagate external hard drive completely

Seagate external hard drive, a kind of popular portable storage device, has been used widely among computer users. You can used it to backup your important data or as an extended storage device for computer to save data. But after long use, you may need to reset your Seagate external hard drive totally to restore its performance and erase all existing data on Seagate external hard driveas you as you want are unsatisfied with its performance or donate it to others. You are certain able to format Seagate external hard drive to erase all data on it, but the files just go apparently and can be restored by certain data recovery software.

Freeware to reset Seagate external hard drive totally

Seagate external hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive take different techniques to sore data, thus you cannot reset Seagate external HDD and SSD completely using same way. Here you can ask the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is featured with “Wipe Hard Drive” and “SSD Secure Erase”. With Wipe Hard Drive function, this freeware can help you to wipe Seagate external HDD to erase all data on the Seagate HDD irrevocably. With SSD Secure Erase function, it can help you to securely erase Seagate SSD to reset it to factory settings and restore its performance.

How to reset Seagate external hard drive thoroughly in Windows?

PS.: All data on the Seagate external hard drive will be erased, thus it is recommended important data on the Seagate disk before wiping or erasing it.

Reset Seagate external HDD

Step 1. Connect your Seagate external hard disk drive to a working computer running Windows operating system and ensure that it can be detected by OS. Free download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 2. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, find out the Seagate external HDD, right click it and choose “Wipe Hard Drive”.

Reset External Seagate HDD

Step 3. In the small pop-up window, specify the number of times to wipe the Seagate external hard disk drive. Then click “OK”.

Specify the Number of Times

Note: You are allowed to adjust the number of times to wipe from 1 to 100. The larger the number you specify, the longer the whole process will take.

Step 4. Preview the operation and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute it.


PS.: It is available to wipe Seagate hard drive that operating system installed on by wiping hard drive from BIOS using AOMEI Partition Assistant.

This is the detailed tutorial on how to wipe Seagate external hard disk drive. If what you need to reset is Seagate external SSD, refer to the following context.

Reset Seagate SSD to factory settings

Step 1. Connect the Seagate solid state drive to your computer running Windows 7. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Locate the Seagate external SSD and choose “SSD Secure Erase”.

Securely Erase SSD

Step 2. Select the right SSD to erase. It is available to double click the selected SSD to see more information about it.

Step 3. It is possible that the selected SSD is in frozen status. If you encounter such situation, do hot swap to release it.

The steps to make hot swap:

  • Open your computer case. If it is a laptop, open the rear cover or drive shell.

  • Locate the Seagate SSD that needs erasing.

  • Unplug the power cable and SATA data cable of the selected SSD in order.

  • Reconnect the SATA data cable and power cable in sequence.

Step 4. After that, you can continue to securely erase the Seagate external SSD. When the operation finishes, you’ll get a prompt. Then, click “Finish” button.

These steps above are about how to securely erase Seagate external SSD to restore it to its peak performance.

Wrap things up

When you need to reset Seagate external hard drive to erase data permanently and restore its performance, no matter Seagate external HDD or SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant can always be your right choice. In addition, AOMEI Partition Assistant enjoys more functions like deleting partition from BIOS, resizing partition without data loss and so on. If you upgrade it to AOMEI Partition Professional, you can experience advanced functions, such as allocating free space, quick partition and etc.