How to Securely Erase Flash Drive in Windows?

February 18, 2019

This post introduce how to securely erase or wipe a flash drive clean in Windows 10/8/7 before you throw, sell or give it to your friend.

Is formatting enough?

“I have purchased a new 64GB SanDisk SD card, so I intend to give my old 32GB Samsung flash drive to a friend. I want to make all things gone completely before giving. Is there anyone can tell me whether I can remove all data from it irrecoverably simply by formatting?”

Answer

Formatting a flash drive only wipes its partition table and set a new file system. The data saved on it doesn’t disappear actually and just becomes invisible to the operating system. If you use certain professional data recovery software, the deleted data can be recovered easily. Thus, you are recommended to securely erase flash drive, which can wipe data from flash drive totally and irrecoverably. Then, how can you complete this task?

Great flash drive eraser tool for Windows

To get rid of data on flash drive completely, a free but powerful flash drive eraser tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional will be my preference. The function Wipe Hard Drive of it allows you to wipe data from SD card, USB flash drive, or hard disk drive (HDD). It is compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP and Vista and rather easy to handle due to its concise and friendly graphic user interface.

Wipe a flash drive clean step by step

Now, install AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and take a look at the following detailed steps on how to securely erase flash drive in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Plug the flash drive to a Windows based computer and ensure that it can be detected by OS; then, run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Step 2. Locate the flash drive that you want to erase and choose Wipe Hard Drive among listed options.

Securely Erase Flash Drive

Step 3.It will pop a small window. Here you can choose a method based on your own demand to wipe your flash drive clean and click OK.

Wipe Method

  • Fill sectors with Zero: This way will write zero to all sectors on the flash drive.

  • Fill sectors with random data: This method writes random data to all sectors.

  • DoD 5220.22-M: A software-based data sanitization method, can prevent all software-based file recovery methods form recovering data.

  • Gutmann: A software based data sanitization way to overwrite existing information, preventing all software based file recovery methods from retrieving data and most hardware based recovery methods form recovering information on the wiped flash drive.

Step 4. You’ll get to the main console. Confirm that the selected disk to wipe is the right one and click Apply.

Apply

Note: If you want to securely erase SSD, you can use SSD Secure Erase Wizard of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which allows you to completely wipe data from SSD and restore SSD’s performance. What you need to pay attention is that this function can only be used on Windows at present.

Verdict

From all above, it can be concluded easily that you can easily and securely erase flash drive within 4 steps under the help of a disk wipe utiliyt – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Actually, this tool enjoys more various powerful functions, allowing you to solve different problems. Such as, if you need to upgrade system disk to SSD without reinstallation, its Disk Copy Wizard should be your choice; if you accidentally deleted a partition, its Partition Recovery Wizard can help you to retrieve the deleted partition.