How to Scrub Hard Drive without Hurting Its Lifespan?

November 17, 2017

Learn how to scrub hard drive in Windows 10/8/7: reset your hard drive to the factory settings and restore hard drive to its peak performance.

You need to scrub hard drive

Sometimes, you need to scrub hard drive permanently. For example, if you are selling or giving away your old hard drive, while you do not want others to know your personal data, you need to erase all data on the hard drive so that it cannot be recovered via any data recovery tool. The simply deleting files or formatting hard drive isn’t enough. But scrub hard drive is an advanced procedure. But how to scrub hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 permanently and safely?

Hard drive scrubber

Windows has a built-in tool for you to clean hard drive. You can use the Windows Diskpart clean disk to scrub hard drive with the “clean” or “clean all” command.

However, use Windows Diskpart command line to wipe hard drive faced a serious problem that this operation is irrevocable. Once there is any problem, it may cause irreparable losses. Thus, a hard drive scrubber is important to you. And the AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best hard drive scrubber that can help you wipe hard drive or secure erase SSD permanently. With this software, you can scrub hard drive without hurting its lifespan.

How to scrub hard drive?

Using a hard drive scrubber to scrub hard drive should be the best method for you. And here you can learn how to do it with the AOMEI Partition Assistant. Before that, you should know that it is different between “wipe HDD” and “wipe SSD”.

You need to use different ways to wipe HDD and SSD

HDD, the short of hard disk drive, is a traditional storage device that uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read information from the right location on a storage platter. HDD uses magnetism to store data on a rotating platter. A read/write head floats above the spinning platter reading and writing data. The faster the platter spins, the faster the HDD can perform.

SSD, the short of solid state drive, is different with the traditional HDD. It has no moving parts, just like a memory stick. An SSD stores data in microchips, which is different from HDD. SSD relies on an embedded processor called a controller to perform a bunch of operations related to reading and writing data. The controller is an important factor in determining the speed of the SSD. Decisions it makes related to how to store, retrieve, cache and clean up data can determine the overall speed of the drive.

As for the different constructions and different working principle, you need to use different ways to scrub HDD and SSD. If you use the way that wiping HDD to wipe SSD, it may cause a big damage to the SSD, and it may affect on the SSD’s lifespan. Fortunately, you’ve got AOMEI Partition Assistant to help you wipe HDD, and secure erase SSD.

Wipe HDD permanently

Note: Scrub hard drive will erase all data on the hard drive and you cannot retrieve the data. Thus, if there is any important data, backup before wiping HDD permanently.

Step1. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant. Install and launch it.

Step2. In the main interface, right-click the hard drive that needs to be wiped, select Wipe Hard Drive.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step3. Specify the number of times to wipe the hard drive, click OK to continue.

Specify Passes

Tips: Make sure you have backed up the important data before, because this operation will delete all partitions and erase all data on the selected hard drive by over-writing it.

Step4. After that, it will back to the main interface. Here you need to click Apply at the toolbar. Then, it will pop up the Pending Operations. Confirm the information and click Proceed.

Apply Proceed

This is the way for how to scrub hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant. If you are using SSD, don’t worry, AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you the specific functions for how to secure erase SSD.

Erase SSD without hurting its lifespan

Note: AOMEI Partition Assistant Secure Erase SSD requires Windows 7 operating system supported. If your computer is Windows 10 or Windows 8, you can plug out the SSD and connect it to a Windows 7 computer to erase SSD securely.

Step1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant on a Windows 7 computer. Open Secure Erase SSD Wizard at the left pane directly by clicking it. Or right-click the SSD that needs to be erased, select Secure Erase SSD in the pop out menu like the following picture.

Secure Erase SSD

Step2. Here will remind you that the Secure Erase will reset your performance dropping SSD to factory settings, which will increase the read and write speeds of SSD drive, and notice you that this operation will cause loss of all data on SSD. Make sure you have backed up the important information. Click Next.


Step3. Choose the SSD you want to erase in the Disk list. Click Next.

Select SSD

Step4. If your SSD is in a frozen state, you need to perform hot swap for this SSD to relieve the frozen state so that you can continue to erase SSD.

Frozen State

Hot Swap:

1. Open your computer case. If it is a laptop, open the computer's rear cover or drive shell.

2. Located the SSD that needs to be erased.

3. Unplug the power cable from the SSD.

4. Disconnect the SATA data cable from the SSD.

5. Reconnect the SATA cable to the SATA port on the SSD.

6. Finally, plug the power cable back into the SSD’s power connector.

Step5. After that, you continue to secure erase SSD. Click Next, and wait till the progress finished.

Wait Erasing

This is all steps for how to secure erase SSD. With AOMEI Partition Assistant, your SSD won’t be hurt, and it will back to its peak performance after the secure erase.


AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a great hard drive scrubber that can solve your problem how to scrub hard drive perfectly. Besides wipe HDD/SSD, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant to repartition your hard drive, or resize partition to achieve your requirements. If you need more advanced functions, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional edition to get more features like allocate free space, partition alignment, command line partitioning, etc. It is worth to use.