By AOMEI / Last Updated June 16, 2020

When do you need to reset SSD to factory default?

Many users have installed Windows 10/8/7 on a solid-state drive (SSD) to get better read/write speed and boot speed. You may want to reset SSD to factory settings and start it over when your SSD is running slow or when you just want to dump it.

As you know, like USB flash drives, SSDs have a limited number of times that you can write data to. Therefore, you cannot reset SSD to factory default using the way of wiping hard disk drive (HDD). How can you remove all data without hurting the SSD? You can perform an SSD Secure Erase.

What is SSD Secure Erase?

Based on the ATA specification, Secure Erase can erase all stored data on every cell and restore SSD to the original performance level. Once the erasure is complete, you will not be able to recover the data even with data recovery services.

The Secure Erase only takes seconds to completely delete all data from your SSD. The SSD should be attached with SATA controller to ensure reliability. SAS controllers or hardware RAID controllers will also work, but you cannot connect it via USB interface to restore SSD to factory default.

The tool for Secure Erase SSD drives

You do not need to manually type the ATA Secure Erase command to securely erase an SSD. Many of the SSD manufacturers also provide an SSD management tool that allows you to securely erase SSD without issue. However that SSD tool only works with its own brand’s SSD. For example, you cannot use Samsung SSD Secure Erase utility to erase Intel SSD.

What if your SSD does not come with a Secure Erase tool? What if you have more than one SSD that needs resetting to factory default? Don’t worry. There is a tool AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional that allows you to perform Secure Erase for all types of SSDs in the market.

How to reset any SSD to factory settings by "Secure Erase"?

In most Windows computer, an SSD is most likely the boot drive, so here we will show how to erase SSD without loading Windows 10/8/7. You need to prepare a writable USB flash drive or CD/DVD to create a bootable disk.

Note: The data will be removed completely via this method and it’s impossible to recover them after that. So please be careful and back up important data to cloud or external at first.

1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Connect a USB drive or CD to your computer.

2. In the main interface, click Make Bootable Media from the left panel and follow the wizard to create a bootable media.

Make Bootable Media

3. Reboot your computer. At startup, press a specific key (F2 or Delete) repeatedly to enter BIOS and then change first boot order to the bootable disk you just created.

Enter Setup

4. Then it will load AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click SSD Secure Erase and click Next.

Ssd Secure Erase

5. Select the SSD that you want to reset to factory settings and click Next.

6. Confirm the SSD identification information just in case of deleting the wrong SSD. Click Next to continue.

7. In the next window, you will probably see the SSD is in Frozen state and it cannot be unlocked. Then you should perform a hot swap for this SSD just as instructed.

Frozen State Ok

8. After reconnecting the SSD, click OK to start the Secure Erase for your SSD.

In seconds or probably milliseconds, you will see the SSD is a block of unallocated space and then you have successfully reset SSD to factory settings. Before you install Windows, you can use this software to quick partition the SSD and format SSD as you like.


So, with the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can easily restore Samsung SSD, Intel SSD, Kingston and other brands SSD drive to factory settings by securely erasing it. Besides this function, it is also able to clone SSD, align SSD partitions, convert SSD to GPT or MBR without deleting partitions, and more, And there is Server Edition for resetting SSD in Windows Server operating system.