Samsung Magician secure erase greyed out
Scenario: “I just want to sell my 500GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO. Before
the transaction, I would like to use Samsung Magician Secure Erase to secure erase
the SSD to protect my privacy by quickly and permanently destroying all stored data
so that data recovery is impossible. However, when I followed the Samsung Magician
Secure Erase Instructions both online and on the Secure Erase program to erase my
Samsung SSD 840 EVO, the Samsung Magician Secure Erase greyed out. Why? How can
I solve it?”
Samsung Magician is a software package of Samsung that is used for managing Samsung
SSD. Its Secure Erase utility creates a bootable USB that can be used to destroy all
data stored on Samsung SSD by erasing data from all cells. Meanwhile, it will reset
the SSD to its factory state if there are problems with performance or operation of
the SSD, such as running slower than before.
To use Samsung Magician Secure Erase to secure erase SSD, you have to create a
bootable USB drive, or a bootable CD/DVD DOS with Samsung Magician. And then, boot
from the USB or CD that you created from Samsung Magician. It should find your
Samsung 840 EVO SSD, and after a couple of warnings, erase the drive completely.
However, you may meet the problem that the Samsung Magician Secure Erase greyed out,
just like the Scenario.
How to solve it?
There are many reasons would cause Samsung Magician Secure Erase greyed out. For
example, you will get a message saying the SSD is in a “frozen state”. If you meet
the problem, you should replug it and try again. If there still has the problem, you
may figure out why it happens or consider to find a Samsung Magician
Samsung Magician alternative
Speaking of finding a Samsung Magician alternative to solve the problem of Samsung
Magician Secure Erase greyed out, here we highly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant, which can
free secure erase SSD with multiple SSD brands such as Samsung SSD, Kingston SSD,
Hitachi SSD, SanDisk SSD, etc. AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you a simple way
to secure erase SSD. Besides, it is also a great SSD manager that can help you
manage your SSD at the best status such as SSD 4K alignment.
Actually, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides you to wipe hard drive when
you need. You need to backup important data or transfer data to another drive
before, and format the entire hard drive so that it can be reset to the factory
settings, and recover its properties. However, this way is not suitable for the SSD
cause the way to write data on SSD is totally different from to write on an HDD.
While Secure Erase SSD of AOMEI Partition Assistant is different with hard drive
format. It will erase all data stored on the SSD, and all records including the main
control Trim, CG recovery, and wear balance. Totally reset to its factory settings
and recovery SSD’s properties in a certain way. Well, how to secure erase SSD with
AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Secure erase Samsung SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant
To perform how to secure SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant, here we take an example
of secure erase Samsung SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant. And you can follow the
Step1. Connect the SSD to your Windows 7 computer via SATA
port, make sure it can be detected. Free download
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install and launch it. Here it will show
you the main interface of your hard drive(s). to secure erase SSD, you can click theSecure Erase SSD Wizard at the left pane, or right click the
disk, select SSD Secure Erase.
Step2. It will give you a notice for the operation, read it,
Step3. Select the Samsung SSD that you want to securely erase and
Step4. Here you may see the SSD is in a frozen state and you cannot
continue to secure erase it. Thus, you need to perform a hot swap for this SSD to
relieve the frozen state*.
Step5. It will execute the operations. Wait till the process
finished. You will see the SSD shown as unallocated space and you can use it as a
* Perform a hot swap for SSD
If you meet the warning that the SSD is in frozen state, you need to perform a hot
swap for the SSD. The following steps can unfreeze the SSD. But you need to
follow the steps strictly in order to avoid the unpredictable error.
1. Please open computer case cover. If it is laptop, open its back cover
or hard shell;
2. Find the SSD that need to be secure erased;
3. Unplug the power cable from the SSD;
4. Unplug SSD’s SATA cable;
5. Replug the SATA cable to the SATA port of SSD;
6. Replug power cable to the power port.
So far, you have finished the hot swap operation, and you can continue to secure
Tips: Do not turn off your computer and applications during the
The AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best Samsung Magician alternative. Not
only because it can avoid the problem that Samsung Magician Secure Erase greyed out,
but also because it can help you use SSD better and more flexible. You can use it toformat SSD, make the best disk partition
for SSD, and so on.