Why need to wipe USB drive clean?
USB drive is an easy-to-carry device for you to store data or transfer them from one computer to another, and in some cases you will need to wipe it clean for the following reasons:
> plan to give the USB drive away, donate it or sell it to others;
> free up disk space or restore the USB drive to full capacity;
> eliminate or remove unknown virus or malware on the USB drive to use it again;
A great USB drive wiper for Windows
Generally speaking, most users wipe a USB drive for the purpose of protecting their privacy from being peeped by others. The most important part is how to wipe a USB drive completely. You might consider manually deleting every file/folder on the drive, or directly formatting it via Windows Explorer, Disk Management, or even a professional disk formatting software. However, simple formatting drive or deleting files does not mean removing data from the USB drive permanently. If given the right data recovery software, somebody else can retrieve back all your files without any difficulty.
Therefore, you had better use a third party USB drive wiper. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is an excellent choice. This freeware permits you to completely and securely erase USB drive in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and prevent data recovery.
How to wipe a USB drive completely in Windows 10/8/7?
As we mentioned above, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help wipe a USB drive clean and prevent anyone else from restoring them even using data recovery programs. So if there are some important files you don’t want to lose on the drive, be sure to backup them via free AOMEI Backupper in advance. Then you can take the following steps to wipe a USB drive clean in Windows 10/8/7.
Step 1. Free download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard in your Windows computer. Right click the USB drive you plan to wipe and select “Wipe Hard Drive”.
Step 2. Choose “Fill sectors with Zero” to wipe your USB drive, which is safe and quick. And click “Next” to continue.
Tips: you can upgrade to Professional edition to use the following three wiping methods.
Fill sectors with random data: This method will write random data to all sector on the USB drive, making it harder for recovery software to find any meaningful data.
DoS 5220,22-M: This is a software-based data sanitization method, and it can prevent all software-based file recovery methods from recovering data from the drive. This is very much safer but takes a longer time.
Gutmann: It is also a software based data sanitization to overwrite existing information on a hard drive. It will prevent all software based file recovery methods, and most hardware-based recovery method from retrieving information on the wiped drive. More passes (35 passes) make the erase more secure, but take more time.
Step 3. Click “Apply” to start executing the pending operation.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily solve “how to wipe a USB drive” problem in Windows 10/8/7. What’s more, if you want to erase everything from Samsung, Intel, Kingston and other common SSD drives completely, the “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” provided by AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can help you a lot.