By AOMEI / Last Updated July 16, 2019

Disk wipe Windows 10

“Hey, guys. I have an old Windows 10 computer that has been used for many years. And I preparing to recycle it recently. As you know, there will be a lot of personal data in the computer that has been used for a long time. Now I need to completely empty the disk and delete all the data. Is there any method about easily wipe the disk? Thanks in advance!”

When do you need to wipe disk?

You may be puzzled about when you need to wipe disk. Actually, if you plan to donate or sell the disk to others, you might need to wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7 completely and permanently. As we all know, hard drive is usually used to store data, and it brings great convenience to our work and life. As time goes by, there will be more and more personal data on the disk. So, if a hard drive is not in use. You’d better clean up all the data on the disk to keep your data safe. When it comes to clearing disk data, most people choose to delete them directly.

However, under the normal circumstances, if there is no special treatment, the deleted file does not actually disappear. The system just deletes the file names in the file allocation table. The real data is still on the disk, and it can be easily restored by some data recovery software. So, wipe disk can be a better way to clear the hard drive.

The best disk wipe software

If you want to wipe the data on the disk in Windows 10/8/7 completely and permanently. You may need a professional disk wipe software to complete this operation. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant is highly recommended, and it’s featured with two functions: Wipe Hard Drive and SSD Secure Erase, you can use it to easily and effectively do the operation about disk wipe Windows 10. (If the disk you want to wipe is an SSD, you cannot use the way wiping HDD to wipe SSD. It will damage your SSD. In this cases, you can use another function - SSD Secure Erase to secure erase SSD in Windows 7. This function will help you reset your SSD to the factory settings and restore it to its peak performance.) Besides, it comes with many other powerful functions like Format Partition, Rebuild MBR, Migrate OS to SSD and so on. You can use this magical tool in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista.

How to wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7?

The following example will show you the specific steps of wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7. (If there is any important data on the hard drive, please back up data at first.)

Disk wipe Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click the hard disk drive you want to wipe, then select “Wipe Hard Drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2. In the pop-up window, it will remind you that this operation will delete all partitions and erase all data on the selected hard drive by over-writing it. And choose the wipe method (here we choose the first method – Fill sectors with Zero), then click “OK”.

Wipe Method

Step 3. After that, it will back to the main interface. Click “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute the operation.

Apply Proceed

Note: If you need to wipe system hard drive, you should create a bootable media and enter WinPE environment.

Secure erase SSD in Windows 7

* AOMEI Partition Assistant Secure Erase SSD only supported by Windows 7 operating system at present. If the operating system are not Windows 7, please connect the SSD to a Windows 7 computer to erase SSD securely.

Step 1. Connect your SSD to Windows 7 computer. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant and right-click the SSD you want to erase and select “Secure Erase SSD”.

SSD Secure Erase

Step 2. In the pop-up window, there will be a secure notice, read it and click “Next”.

Secure Erase Notice

Step 3. After that, choose the SSD you want to securely erase. Here we choose Samsung SSD 830. Click “Next”

Choose SSD

Step 4. Then the selected SSD information will be displayed. If the hard disk is in a frozen state, it cannot be erased.

Frozen State

At this time, you need to hot-plug it as required. The following hot plug steps can solve most of the hard disk freeze problem. Please follow the steps strictly, otherwise unpredictable errors may occur.

1. Open the case cover back cove (for desktop) or hard shell (for laptop).

2. Find the SSD that needs to be securely erased.

3. Unplug the SSD power cable.

4. Unplug the SATA data cable of the SSD.

5. Then insert the SATA data cable back into the SATA port of the hard disk.

6. Finally, plug the power cord back into the power connector on the hard disk.

Notice: Do not turn off the computer and programs during hot plugging.

After hot plugging to unlock the SSD, you can securely erase the SSD.

Step 5. Then click “next” to continue, and wait till the progress finished.

Finish Erasing

* Clean the system disk will delete the system data, thus your Windows cannot start properly.


Now, you know how to wipe disk in Windows 10/8/7 effectively. Regular secure erase can significantly increase the read/write speed and performance under the premise of ensuring the service life of SSD. AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best disk wipe software. If you want to recover lost partition, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to do this operation. If the operating system of your computer is Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to enjoy more advanced features.