How to Wipe Data on Hard Drive and SSD Permanently?

March 8, 2019

How to wipe data on hard drive and SSD completely and permanently in Windows? This article brings the best data wipe software-AOMEI Partition Assistant, which offers two different features to wipe all data from HDD and SSD with no possibility to recovery

Need to wipe data on hard drive or SSD

“I need to sell my old Samsung SSD but i need to wipe it completely, i'm wondering if formatting can erase data completely without recovery? please advise!”

“Hey guys i bought a laptop that I have to return, but I want to first wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows. What would be the best program to do this? I know there is a lot of options but which would be best.”

From the user stories above, we can know that many users need to wipe data from HDD or SSD for different reasons. If you don’t want your personal data to be exposed to anyone else, formatting disk partition is not safe enough since the data just becomes invisible to operating system, not removed forever. Instead, you need to completely wipe all data from the target disks.

Data wipe software - AOMEI Partition Assistant

 To completely wipe data from hard drive and ensure no one can recover them in any methods, you can use powerful a hard drive manager-AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

It is a partition manager designed for Windows operating systems, such as Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8 and so on. The “Wipe Hard Drive” and “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” features ensure the security of your private and sensitive data by destroying all information in your chosen disk safely and permanently. But the SSD Secure Erase function is only available on Windows 7 at present. If you are working with other Windows system, you need to connect it to a Windows 7 based computer with SATA.

How to wipe data on hard drive in Windows?

Before you do

  • Backup data which you don’t want to wipe from the disk you are going to erase.

  • A disk will become blank as soon as it has been wiped, by doing so, you can make the full use of this disk by re-partition it.

  • Windows does not allow you to wipe system disk when system is running. Therefore, to erase all data on the system disk, you need to make a bootable device and do the clean in Windows PE mode.

Steps to erase data from hard drive completely

Step1. This feature will erase a given hard drive to anti-recovery. You can select a hard drive which you want to wipe; right-click on it and choose "Wipe Hard Drive" option.
Wipe Hard Drive
Step2.Choose a method to wipe the hard drive, and click "OK".
Fill Sectors With Random Data
Step3. Click Apply in the tool bar to execute the operation.
Apply Wipe Hard Drive
Tips: You can specify the number of times to wipe from 1 to 100. The larger the number, the longer the operating time. In most instances, one time will be sufficient. 

How to secure erase SSD in Windows 7?

As we know, SSD has different reading and writing ways to traditional hard drive, which makes its wipe-out measures different. AOMEI Partition Assistant develops a dedicated feature for SSD, with which user can wipe data from SSD securely and minimize the damage caused by erasing to SSD. It is also a Samsung SSD secure erase utility. Learn the specific steps below.

Step 1: Connect the SSD to a Windows 7 computer and make sure it is recognized by Windows 7. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant, right click the SSD drive and select“SSD Secure Erase”.

SSD Secure Erase

Step 2: Choose the SSD you’ll erase from the list. Double click the SSD will display its specific information.

Choose SSD

Step 3: At “SSD identification information” page, you may find the SSD is in a frozen state which set to ensure no one can modify your drive settings. Perform a hot swap to release this restriction.

Frozen State


How to perform a Hot Swap?

  • First, open computer case, rear cover or drive shell and find out the SSD you’ll erase.
  • Second, unplug the power cable and then disconnect the SATA data cable from SSD.
  • Finally, after a few seconds, reconnect the SATA cable to the SATA port and then plug the power cable back to complete the hot-swap.

Step 4: Now, click Next to start wipe all data on SSD drive completely. Mostly, the erasing process will be done in a short time.

Operation Result

Note:

  • Once the wipe operation is carried out by AOMEI Partition Assistant, the data will not be recovered by any data recovery software, so use with caution.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant is not a file-level wipe software but a sector-level one. So, you can only use AOMEI Partition Assistant to wipe partition/disk. After a partition/disk has been wiped, all the files on it will be erased simultaneously. If you do need to wipe a specific file, then you have to download a file-level wipe software.

Conclusion

No matter what type of disk you want to wipe data on, AOMEI Partition Assistant does a great job in clearing data on hard drive and SSD disk. Apart from wiping data on these disks, it also provides “Quick Partition” feature for user to multi-partition hard drive or SSD in one click and it even allows you to migrate OS to SSD.