By AOMEI / Last Updated May 25, 2020

Importance of cleaning hard drive

The hard drive is usually used to store important data and documents, which brings great convenience to our work and life.

When a hard drive is not in use, most people will choose to delete the data before recycling. However, under the normal circumstances, whether the file in the hard drive is deleted or formatted, if there is no special treatment, the file does not actually disappear. The system just deletes the file names in the file allocation table, and the real data is still on the disk. Those files that have been deleted can be easily restored by some data recovery software. Therefore, your valuable business and financial data or your personal files and e-mail messages may easily fall into the wrong hands. Anyone can see the data on your hard drive. To ensure data security, the best way is to clean the hard drive before recycling.

At the same time, regular cleaning the hard drive can also help your computer run more smoothly and work more efficiently. Because old data can degrade computer performance and may even cause the system freezes, it is recommended that you’d better use a hard drive cleaning tool to completely clean your hard drive before recycling or sending it to others.

The best hard drive cleaning software

Cleaning hard drive with traditional methods is actually unreliable. By using some special tools, people can easily recover deleted data from the hard disk. In order to completely delete the data on the disk, you can consider using a third party hard drive cleaning software to complete this operation. Here I strongly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant - A powerful hard drive cleaning software that can not only wipe hard disk drive (HDD) simply, but also erase solid state drive (SSD) security. After the data on the disk is erased or deleted, it cannot be restored by any data recovery software, so that high data security can be achieved. For example, the old disk you no longer want to use needs to be sold, but you also worried about others seeing your previously deleted files or deleted pictures, movies, etc. At this time, the function Wipe Hard Drive/SSD Secure Erase in AOMEI Partition Assistant will become quite useful.

How to clean hard drive free with AOMEI Partition Assistant?

To clean hard drive free with AOMEI Partition Assistant can be very easy and effective. The specific steps are as follows:

If there is any important data on the hard drive, please back up your hard drive at first.

Wipe hard disk drive

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Your partition information will be displayed on the main interface. Right-click the hard disk drive you want to wipe, and then select “Wipe Hard Drive”.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2. In the pop-up window, you will be remind that this operation will delete all partitions and erase all data on the selected hard drive by over-writing it. Specify the number of times to wipe the hard drive, and then click “OK” to continue.

Specify Wipe Times

Step 3. Then, you will back to the main interface. Click “Apply” at the toolbar, and click “Proceed” in the pop-up window to execute the operation.

Apply Proceed

Secure erase SSD

If the hard drive you want to wipe is an SSD, you cannot use the way wiping HDD to wipe SSD. This will damage your SSD. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you another function - SSD Secure Erase. This function will help you reset your SSD to the factory settings and restore it to its peak performance.

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

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

SSD Secure Erase

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

Secure Erase Notice

Step 3. In this window, 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 your computer case. If it is a laptop, open the back cover or the hard disk cover of the computer.

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.

Note: 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. After relieving the frozen state, continue to secure erase SSD. Here click “next”, and wait till the progress finished.

Finish Erasing

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


Following these simple steps, you can easily cleaning your hard drive. Uncontrolled, secure erase SSD may affect the life of the SSD. However, 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 is such a great hard drive cleaner, not only that, it also a powerful partition tool. It provides you many other useful functions like create/move/resize/format/delete partition, quickly partition, migrate OS to SSD/HDD and so on. You can migrate data securely and effectively with AOMEI Partition Assistant, too. If you want to migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT SSD or HDD, you can upgrade it to AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.