How to Reset SSD to Factory Settings Completely without Hurting It

June 14, 2017

Need to reset SSD to factory settings? The way used for wiping hard drive will not work and will harm your SSD. You should do Secure Erase.

When do you need reset SSD to factory default?

Many users have installed Windows 10/8/7 on a solid state drive (SSD) to get better read/write speed and boot speed. You may want to reset SSD to factory settings and start it over when your SSD is running slow or when you just want to dump it.

As you know, like USB flash drives, SSDs have a limited number of times that you can write data to. Therefore, you cannot reset SSD to factory default using the way of wiping hard disk drives (HDDs). How can you remove all data without hurting the SSD? You can perform a SSD Secure Erase.

What is SSD Secure Erase?

Based on the ATA specification, Secure Erase is able to erase all stored data on every cell and restore your SSD to original performance level. Once the erasure is complete, you will not be able to recover the data even with data recovery services.

The Secure Erase only takes seconds to completely delete all data from your SSD. The SSD should be attached with SATA controller to ensure reliability. SAS controllers or hardware RAID controllers will also work, but you cannot connect it via USB interface to restore SSD to factory default.

The tool for Secure Erase

You do not need to manually type the ATA Secure Erase command to securely erase an SSD. Many of the SSD manufacturers also provides a SSD management tool that allows you to securely erase SSD without issue.

However that SSD tool only works with its own brand’s SSD. For example, you cannot use Samsung SSD Secure Erase utility to erase Intel SSD. What if your SSD does not come with a Secure Erase tool? What if you have more than one SSD that needs resetting to factory default?

Don’t worry. There is a free tool AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard edition that allows you to perform Secure Erase for all types of SSDs in the market.

How to perform Secure Erase for any SSD?

An SSD is most likely your boot drive, so here we will show you how to erase SSD without loading Windows 10/8/7. You need to prepare a writable USB flash drive or CD/DVD to create a bootable disk. 2GB of space is enough.

1. Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant. Connect a USB drive or CD to your computer.

2. In the main interface, click Make Bootable Media from the left panel and follow the wizard to create a bootable media.

Make Bootable Media

3. Reboot your computer. At startup, press a specific key (F2 or Delete) repeatedly to enter BIOS and then change first boot order to the bootable disk you just created.

Enter Setup

4. Then it will load AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click SSD Secure Erase and click Next.

SSD Secure Erase

5. Select the SSD that you want to reset to factory settings and click Next.

Choose SSD

6. Confirm the SSD identification information just in case of deleting the wrong SSD. Click Next to continue.

Frozen State

7. In the next window, you will probably see the SSD is in Frozen state and it cannot be unlocked. Then you should perform a hot swap for this SSD just as instructed.

Hot Swap

8. After reconnecting the SSD, click OK to start the Secure Erase for your SSD.

After Secure Erase

In seconds or probably milliseconds, you will see the SSD is a block of unallocated space and then you have successfully reset SSD to factory settings. Before you install Windows, you can use this freeware to partition the SSD and format SSD as you like.