“Recently, I’m planning to change my old 1TB hard drive to a 2TB hard drive. I have
deleted all data on the hard drive, but I heard it is not enough if I want to reuse
or sell it - it is not safe for my personal information, cause others may use
some data recovery tool to steal my private data. While secure erase hard drive
in Windows 7 could erase all data on the hard drive securely and permanently that
nobody can restore data back. So anybody knows how to secure erase hard drive
in Windows 7? Any advice would be thanked.”
It is important to erase your personal data from the hard drive before you dispose of
them. Windows erase hard drive is not a simple delete and format hard drive.
Here, you can learn how to do it easily.
Wipe your drives securely with a hidden Windows 7 tool
It is always a worry when you depose of your computer or hard drive that all personal
data on the hard drive could be recovered via some data recovery tool. Thus, secure
erase hard drive is meaningful to users. Well, Windows 7 actually has its own free
built-in tool for securely erasing, not just whole hard disks, but specific folders
as well. Microsoft says that this feature is here for cleaning empty folders
and drives that need to be erased, and it is an excellent way to save money on
expensive third-party software. That is the cipher.exe tool, which has been
around for years now and is used for managing the EFS (Encrypted File System)
feature that preceded BitLocker. Run cipher.exe from Command Prompt as an
Administrator. Type cipher /w /? to displays or alters the encryption of
directories [files] on NTFS partitions.
Type cipher w:x:\folder (x:\folder for the location you want to wiped). It will
write a series of 0s, 1s and then random characters to every sector of the drive or
folder to erase all data securely. After that, you are not going to get your data
Using command line to execute tasks will face a big question, the operation is
irrevocable. Once there is a wrong operation, it could cause an irretrievable
damage. Fortunately, the next content is for how to secure erase hard dive in
Windows 7 with intuitive users’ interface.
Secure erase hard drive in Windows 7 with AOMEI Partition Assistant
Secure erase hard drive means to delete and erase all data on the hard drive
permanently and without hurting the HDD/SSD. Thus, a good third party software is
very important. The AOMEI Partition
Assistant is such a great disk manager that provides you the specific
methods for wiping hard disk drive (HDD) and erasing SSD securely. Because of the
different constructions of HDD and SSD, you can’t use the same way to use HDD to
SSD. Here you can learn how to secure erase hard drive (both HDD and SSD) in Windows
Note: Wipe hard drive clean would delete all partitions and erase all data on the selected hard drive by over-writing it. If there is anything important, backup to cloud or external.
Wipe hard drive(HDD) permanently
How to secure erase hard drive in Windows 7 permanently? The AOMEI Partition
Assistant provides you the very simple way to help you erase all data on the hard
drive securely. That is using its “Wipe Hard Drive”. you can follow the steps below
to do that:
Step1. Connect your hard drive to your Windows 7 computer (Windows
8/8.1 and Windows 10 is also supported by AOMEI Partition Assistant).
Step2. Free download AOMEI
Partition Assistant, install and launch it. It will detect all hard drives on your
computer and you can see all drives on the main interface. Right-click the hard
drive you want to erase securely, select Wipe Hard Drive.
Step3. Here you can specify the wipe times. ClickOK.
Step4. When you back to the main interface, clickApply to submit.
Secure erase SSD
If your hard drive is a solid state drive (SSD), you can upgrade to AOMEI
Partition Assistant Professional to Secure Erase SSD in Windows 7. If you use
Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, you need to unplug the hard drive and re-plug it to a
Windows 7 computer.
Step1. Connect your SSD to a Windows 7 installed computer.
Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the SSD you want to erase, selectSecure Erase SSD in the pop up window. Or you can selectSecure Erase SSD Wizard in the left pane.
Step2. It will give you a note that the operation will delete
and erase all data on the SSD. If you have any important data, backup before
erasing. Read it and click Next.
Step3. Here you should choose the SSD you want to erase
securely. Click Next.
Step4. You’ll need to do a hot swap as your SSD is in frozen
state. You can follow the hint by clicking “here” in the following operation
Step5. After that, you can continue to secure erase SSD by
clicking Next. And then, wait till the job done.
It is much easier to secure erase hard drive in Windows 7 with AOMEI Partition
Assistant than cipher.exe tool. AOMEI Partition Assistant can also help you
manage your hard drive better, such as repartition hard
drive, resize partition, delete partition, format partition, initialize disk, etc.