How to Wipe a Flash Drive Clean in Windows 10/8/7?

March 7, 2019

Need to wipe all data from flash drive to remove sensitive data? This article will tell how to wipe a flash drive clean via AOMEI Partition Assistant, which allows you to delete all data from HDD and SSD permanently.

Need to completely wipe a flash drive

“Is there a safe way to remove all data and wipe clean my flash drive that contains the bootable Windows 10 installation? No longer need it on flash drive as I now have it on local disk.”

“I have two USB flash drives that I'd like to wipe clean and factory set them back to the way they were when I bought them. What is the correct way to do it? I know I can format the drive but I want to set everything back to the way they were. So anyone can tell me how to wipe a flash drive clean? Thanks in advance!”

What does wiping a flash drive do?

Different from formatting flash drive which only makes data invisible to operating system and recovered with professional tools, wiping a hard drive will permanently remove all data from the selected drive and minimize data recovery possibility.

This data removal method can help you to solve some common disk problems. For example, if your USB flash drive, SD card or other drives is not working right, wiping the drive and removing all partitions on it could be an effective solution. Besides, when you cannot delete partition via traditional tools like Disk Management, the wiping process will completely remove partitions and make the disk an unallocated space, then you can create new partitions on it. Moreover, if your flash drive shows wrong capacity, wiping it clean is also worth a shot.

How to wipe clean a flash drive clean in Windows 10/8/7?

To completely wipe flash drive, you need the help of a professional drive eraser like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It enables you to permanently erase everything stored on hard drive and replace them with garbage data in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Besides, you will have four wiping methods to choose in the process. Depending upon the method you use, the overwrite data could be zeros, or various random patterns. Then we will look at how to wipe a flash drive clean via this disk wiper.

Warning: This process completely wipes the entire disk you select, so ensure you back up any important filesin advance.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional (Try Demo Version), right click the flash drive you want to erase and choose “Wipe Hard drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2. In this window, you can choose a wiping method according to your needs and click “OK”.

Wiping Method

  • Fill sectors with Zero: this method means writing zeroes across the entire hard disk. It may also be called zero fill erase or zero-fill.

  • Fill sectors with random data: this method will overwrite random data to every sector on the hard drive to be wiped, making it more challenging for data recovery.

  • DoD 5220.22-M: this method will overwrite existing information on a hard drive or other storage device. It can prevent all software-based data and most hardware-based recovery methods from recovering information from the drive.

  • Gutmann: this method also overwrites existing information on a hard drive, and prevent all software-based data and most hardware-based recovery methods from lifting data from the wiped drive. But it uses a random character for the first and last 4 passes, the uses a complicated pattern to overwrite from pass 5 to pass 31. Much safer than other three methods.

Step 3. You will return to the main interface, click “Apply" to execute the operation.


Final Words

This is how to wipe a flash drive clean via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional in Windows computer. Besides erasing an entire hard disk, it is able to wipe a certain partition on a disk. What’s more, you can use this tool to secure erase SSD drive to restore SSD to original performance (factory state).