When need to secure erase SSD?
Due to the huge difference in internal architecture between a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD), the same method you used to wipe a hard drive cannot be used to erase an SSD. It is reported that regular SSD clean processes will actually leave data behind.
To wipe an SSD may degrade its lifespan and performance if not managed correctly since SSDs have a limited number of writes. To solve all these concerns, a method called Secure Erase was introduced. Secure erase SSD will effectively and securely wipe data from an SSD.
2 Ways to secure erase SSD drive in Windows PC
To securely erase SSD drive completely, there are two tools you can try. One is Parted Magic; another one is the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Look further to get more details about those 2 methods.
1. Parted Magic
Linux-based boot disc Parted Magic is often used to perform ATA Secure Erase for SSDs and HHDs. Secure Erase by Parted Magic will erase your SSD safely or invoke the built-in ATA Secure Erase routine. It supports NTFS, FAT, exFAT, ext3, and ext4, so you can use it under Windows and Linux systems. You can follow the steps below to securely erase an SSD:
Step 1. Download the Parted Magic image and then burn it to a USB disk or CD.
Step 2. Boot your computer from the Parted Magic media. When it is fully loaded, click on the lower-left hard drive icon, click “System Tools”, and then select “Erase Disk”.
Step 3. Click on the button "Internal: Secure Erase command writes zeroes to entire data area" and then click Continue.
Step 4. choose the SSD that you want to erase and then click the OK.
Step 5. If the drive's security state is set to freeze at boot time in BIOS/EFI, click on the Sleep button to put your computer to sleep. Then wake it up by pressing the power button and repeat Step 2 through Step 4.
Step 6. Leave the password as default, "NULL", and click OK.
Step 7. Then click “YES” to confirm the operation. If your SSD supports Enhanced Secure Erase, it will ask if you want to use it.
Never disconnect the power or interface cable to the drive before the process of Secure Erase SSD is complete. In this way, all data will be erased and it does not hurt your SSD.
2. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional
Apart from using the Parted Magic, you can also try the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is a powerful and reliable disk partition management tool that provides “SSD Secure Erase” feature. You can use it to securely erase any SSDs within Windows 7. If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8, you need to unplug your SSD and connect it to another computer running Windows 7.
1. Connect your SSD via SATA port to a Windows 7 computer. To ensure the erase process goes smooth, you cannot connect it via USB port. You can download the demo version and have a try.
2. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the target SSD and select “SSD Secure Erase”.
3. Select the SSD that you want to Erase and click Next.
4. Double-check the SSD identification information in case of wiping the wrong SSD. Click Next to continue.
5. In the next screen, you are likely to see the SSD is in Frozen state and it cannot be unlocked. In that case, you can unplug the SATA cable and plug it.
6. After reconnecting your SSD, click OK to start the SSD Secure Erase. And wait for the process to complete.
Almost instantly, the Secure Erase process is complete and you will see the SSD shown as a block of unallocated space. Secure Erase can completely wipe all the data clean from your SSD and all the data are not recoverable.
So, to secure erase SSD drive in Windows 10, 8, 7, you can use Parted Magic or AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. The latter is specially designed for Windows PC users, allowing you to clone SSD/HDD, clone partition, convert disk between MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, migrate OS to SSD, extend system partition, and more