How to Wipe Data on Hard Drive and SSD Permanently?

September 7, 2017

How to wipe data on hard drive and SSD completely and permanently in Windows? This article offers two different features to wipe all data from hard disk drive and SSD with no possibility to recovery them.

Why need to wipe data on hard drive or SSD?

Sometimes, you want to erase all the data on the disk so as to prevent others to use those data by recovering. For instance, you have an old hard disk for sale, but you don’t want the buyer to recover the files, photos and films which have already been deleted from that disk. In addition, given that you have received a used hard drive in hand and want to reuse this disk, you may need to erase all data on the hard drive and format it to factory set. Besides, deleting data on external hard drive is also need the data wiping. 

Wipe hard drive data software – free partition manager

Well, what do you need when clear data on hard drive? Obviously, you can delete all partitions to make them unallocated on hard drive or SSD. But, all data can be recovered after formatting with Disk Management. In that case, you need powerful hard drive manager, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard if you want erase data on hard drive permanently.

It is a free 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. Download this free disk erasing tool to have a try. 

How to wipe data on hard drive in Windows?

Before you do

  • Backup those useful 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 create 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.
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Step2. Set the number of times you want to wipe the hard drive. You can specify the number from 1 to 100. 
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Step3. Click Apply in the tool bar to execute the operation.
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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 and click on “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” in the left side.

SSD Secure Erase Wizard

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

Select 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.

Erasing Process

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.

  • To secure erase SSD on laptop or SSD that with Windows operating system installed, you need to uninstall the SSD and connect it to a computer runs Windows 7 to do SSD secure erase.

  • 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 or 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, it is important to find a suitable erasing tool. AOMEI Partition Assistant does a great job in clearing data on hard drive and SSD disk. Apart from wipe data on these disks, its Professional edition also provides “Quick Partition” feature for user to multi-partition hard drive or SSD in one click.