What is the best method to wipe an SSD in Windows 10? About a month ago, I removed an SSD from my Windows 7, intending to replace it with a new one. I am going to sell or donate the older one. However, many kinds of data, including some private files are contained in it, and I have no idea how to erase all data off the SSD thoroughly. I don’t want to leak private information to anybody else. Can you tell me how to securely erase SSD without destroying it?
That brings us to the question: Can you wipe an SSD securely without damaging the drive, and make sure all of the information is no longer recoverable to protect personal information from letting out?
How Can Wipe an SSD Securely
Secure erasing is often mentioned when using PATA or SATA based hard drives. Compared with deletion and high-level formatting, erasing is not simply moving data to another location, but permanently rewriting the hard drive by filling it with a binary zero, one or random data. Thus, it will be very difficult for other people to find the old data on the disk.
In other words, no data recovery software can be helpful once a hard drive is erased. During the rewrite process, there is no verification as the writing within the drive is very fast.
When you choose data recovery tool, you need to note that not all programs on the internet can securely erase hard drive unless they use a hard drive Secure Erase command. However, they do not perform secure erase actually, but only make your hard drive safe by preventing data recovery.
Free Hard Drive Eraser Assists Securely Wipe an SSD
Imagine that you are going to abandon an SSD because it is reaching the lifespan, or you just don’t want to use it, in which saves numerous of personal files. For this purpose, it is necessary to clean its data first.
Then how to erase an SSD securely and completely?
Upon this occasion, we would like to recommend you a wonderful hard drive manager to help you erase SSD with several choices – MiniTool Partition Wizard, an expert in hard disk management.
When it comes to secure erasing an SSD, MiniTool Partition Wizard has Wipe Disk feature that offers 5 different ways.
- Fill sector with Zero – Quick
- Fill sector with One – Quick
- Fill sector with Zero & One – Slow
- DoD 5220.22-M (3 passes) – Very Slow
- DoD 5220.28-STD (7 passes) – Very Slow
These 5 wiping methods need different duration. Generally speaking, to erase an SSD securely, you just need to choose “Fill sector with Zero” or “Fill sector with One”. But if you want more thoroughly wiping, choose the last two methods and wait longer for the Partition magic to finish the work.
Kindly remind: Once the SSD is erased, you have no chance to rescue data from it. So think twice. Actually, we recommend you to back up the important files to another safe location. If there is no need to do so, just follow the steps to erase an SSD securely in Windows.
I. Back up Important Files of SSD
If you have some files to keep, just copy and paste them directly to another drive. If the key files are saved in one partition, thus, you can copy the partition by using MiniTool Partition Wizard. Or, if all the data on the SSD is important, perform Disk Copy instead. Here, we take Disk Copy for example.
Step 1. Launch Partition Wizard and enter the main interface. Then select the SSD, which contains important data and click Copy from menu.
Step 2. Select another disk as the target disk that will save all data of the source SSD. Make sure the volume of target disk is larger than that of source SSD. As the target disk will be cleaned and occupied, so ensure this selected disk is ready. Then click Next to continue.
Step 3. Select preferred copy options and click Next.
Step 4. An information page will appear to tell you how to boot from the target disk. Pay attention to this page if the SSD you are copying is a system disk. Click Finish to go on.
Step 5. Press the Apply button when back to the main interface. If the source SSD is a system disk, or if some programs are running on the disk, you need to restart MiniTool Partition. Please do as prompted and be patient to wait.
When the SSD has been backed up, you can continue with SSD erase.
II. Securely Erase SSD with Partition Wizard
Step 1. Run this partition manager to get the main interface as well. Select the SSD that needs to be wiped and click Wipe Disk option from the left panel.
Step 2. Then, a new window will pop up, providing you with 5 wiping methods. Choose one according to your actual situation. After that, click OK to return to the main interface.
Step 3. Click the Apply button on the top toolbar to execute the command. Maybe it will take you some time to wipe a disk depending on the SSD capacity. The duration can be short or long. Please take your time.
After Partition Wizard finishes this job, the SSD is cleaned completely. Now you can sell or donate it without any worries. What’s more, MiniTool Partition Wizard allows you to achieve many other operations, such as most commonly used Extend C Drive, Migrate OS to SSD, Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk, Convert FAT to NTFS, etc.
We hope you can benefit something from this article. Actually, MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you a lot in daily computer and disk management. Download the free partition manager to have a try!