By Dervish / Last Updated April 24, 2022

Remember to wipe data on hard drive

Before giving away your old computer or hard drive, you might have deleted all your files even folders and formatted your hard drive. Is your data really gone? NO. Formatting hard disk does not really delete data; it just means Windows marks that space as rewritable, so it is possible to find all the data back by professional data recovery software until the space rewritten.

Professional hard drive data wiping tool

To permanently wipe data on a hard drive or disk, you can physically destroy the disk, or use software to achieve. If you are good at command line, you can use Windows build-in program "Cipher Tool" (Cipher.exe) to wipe hard drive. But for those who are not, you could use Partition Assistant Standard Edition (one free and perfect 3rd-party partition software).

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It is portable and easy-to-use,and ensuring deleted data unrecoverable. By this software, every sectors of the hard drive will be overwritten with binary 0's to protect your personal data from stealing.

It is different when wipe data on hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD) since they have different read and write ways. AOMEI Partition Assistant provides different strategies for these disks. Read following paragraphs to learn them one by one.

How to wipe data on HDD or partitions?

Note: Wiping operation will erase all data on selected hard disk or partition. Please perform a cloud backup or local backup in advance.

Wipe Entire Hard Drive

Step 1. Download, install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant and right-click on the hard disk drive you want to wipe , and select "Wipe Hard Drive" option.

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Step 2. Tick "Fill sectors with Zero" and click "OK". And you can upgrade to Professional edition  to choose the 3 other options.

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Step 3. After all above operations about wipe hard drive, click "Apply" in the top tool bar to commit them to your physical disk.

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Wipe Single Partition

With the feature, you can wipe hard drive partition that already existed.

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However, you should notice that, depending on the amount of data and property of the hard drive, it may take a long time to wipe hard drive or require restarting. And once your data have been cleaned up, it will never recovered by any data recovery program.

Wipe Data on an Solid-State Drive Securely

Because of the different structures of HDDs and SSDs, you can use the same way to wipe a solid-state drive, otherwise the lifespan of the SSD will be decreased. And you can turn to the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional edition, it provides a "SSD Secure Erase" that is specially for wiping solid-state drive.

1. Connect the SSD to a Windows 7 based computer and make sure it is not the boot drive.

2. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant and click “SSD Secure Erase Wizard” in the left.

3. Choose the SSD you want to earse, and click "Next".

4. It is normal that the SSD will enter in frozen state. You can do a Hot Swap to unfreeze it.

How to perform a Hot Swap?

  • Open computer case cover. If it is a laptop, open its back cover or hard shell;

  • Find the SSD that need to be secure erased;

  • Unplug the power cable from the SSD;

  • Unplug SSD’s SATA cable;

  • Re-plug the SATA cable to the SATA port of SSD;

  • Re-plug power cable to the power port.

5. Then, you can successfully and securely erase all data on the SSD. Wait for the process completes.


AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a nice choice to wipe data on a hard drive or disk in Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP, both 32 bit and 64 bit. If you need to wipe a hard drive or a partition on Windows Server systems, you can employ the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server version.