How to Securely Erase SSD in Windows 10 or without Operating System

August 25, 2017

If you want to restore SSD performance or wipe SSD without leaving data behind, you can securely erase SSD in Windows 10 without destroying it.

Do you need to securely erase SSD?

Microsoft has well prepared Windows 10 for SSDs. When you install Windows 10 on an SSD drive, you will see a great performance increase. However, after a massive data usage, you may find the SSD performance drop without reason.

If you have not changed other settings that may affect SSD performance, then it is time to do Secure Erase SSD in Windows 10. Secure Erase will wipe everything from your SSD and restore your SSD performance without hurting its lifespan.

If you want to dump or resell a used SSD, it is recommended to do a Secure Erase in case of leaking out of your personal data. Unlike regular way of wiping a hard drive, Secure Erase is safer and it will not leave your data behind.

What do you need?

Some of the SSD manufacturers provide a utility for ATA Secure Erase in Windows 10/8/7. Based on the brand of your SSD, you can download Samsung Magician, SanDisk SSD Toolkit, Intel Solid-State Toolbox, or OCZ Toolbox. If you cannot find the corresponding software for your SSD, there is a freeware called AOMEI Partition Assistant that can do secure erase for all types of SSDs.

The cables or adapter to connect your SSD. You can securely erase secondary SSD or primary SSD.

How to do SSD Secure Erase within Windows 10?

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free disk partition tool that allows you to manage and optimize hard drives and SSDs. As mentioned, Secure Erase will wipe your SSD clean. If you just want to restore SSD performance, you can create an SSD backup and then restore to it after the Secure Erase.

To perform SSD Secure Erase:

1. Install your SSD on another working computer running Windows 7 via SATA cable. Download and install this free software.

2. Make sure the SSD is well connected and click on the Secure Erase SSD button from the left panel.

SSD Secure Erase

3. Select your SSD that you want to erase securely and click Next.

Choose SSD

4. Confirm the SSD identification information and click Next to continue.

Frozen State

5. In the next screen, you will see the SSD is in a Frozen state, you need to do a hot swap for this SSD.

Hot Swap

6. After the hot swap, click OK to start securely erase SSD in Windows 10. In a few seconds, the process will be complete and you will see the SSD is shown as unallocated space.

After Secure Erase

How to securely erase boot SSD?

As you know, it is not possible to delete system drive within Windows. To erase system boot SSD, you can create a bootable media to boot your PC and then start the Secure Erase.

1. Connect a writable USB flash drive or CD/DVD to your computer. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant.

2. In its main interface, click Make Bootable Media and click Next to continue.

Make Bootable Media

3. Select the USB drive or Disc to create the bootable media and then click Proceed.

4. Boot your computer from the bootable disk you just created. You need to press a specific key (usually DEL or F2) repeatedly at startup and then change the boot order.

5. Then you can erase the boot SSD drive like in Windows 10.

After you securely erase SSD in Windows 10, you can use this software to create partitions before installing Windows. If you want to get rid of the SSD, put your heart at ease and no data of yours is left behind.