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How to Secure Erase A SSD

June 10, 2018 Jon 19 Comments

How to Secure Erase A SSD

In this video I will show you how to securely wipe your solid state drive, these work in a different way to mechanical hard drives, so we will be using parted magic to format and erase any data on that SSD. You should only do this if you have to and you should not use programs like DBAN or file shredder software to overwrite data on your SSD. Instead we will be using secure erase witch uses trim command to overwrite data on the SSD. Some SSD manufacturers have software that will wipe the data from a drive. But in this example, we will be using Parted Magic.

Step 1: Create the Parted Magic bootable media.

Step 2: Boot to Parted Magic, You will need to change your boot order to USB drive. Select Erase Disk on the Desktop.

Step 3: Select “Internal: Secure Erase Tab” Then select ATA Secure Erase”.

Step 4: Select the SSD you want to erase, Select Secure and then click the Continue button.

Step 5: If SSD drive is “frozen,” click the Sleep button to put your PC to sleep.

Step 6: Click I Allow this utility to erase the listed drive and click Start Erase.

Step 7: Once the secure erase is completed, click Close and Restart Computer.

That’s it

You just securely erase the data on your SSD Solid State Drive.
Important: If you are selling the computer or disposing of the computer, I would recommend you remove the drive to be 100% sure, you can destroy it or keep it.

If you have a Samsung SSD, it does come with Samsung Magician Secure Erase software.

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  1. Ahmed Saad
    June 10, 2018 - 10:04 pm

    you can use dd for that too
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=4096
    where sdX your hard-driver letter

  2. qwertyuiop
    June 10, 2018 - 11:04 pm

    Instead of paying for it I would recommend illegally pirating it.

  3. Kathleen Shaw
    June 10, 2018 - 11:08 pm

    Nah – this is better ! Boot Clonezilla Linux from a LiveCD or LiveUSB (it's free ! ) and get to The Command Line. Type "Fdisk – l" to see all the drives and figure which "storage device" to erase (sda, sdb, etc).
    Once you think sda is the one to wipe – put it to sleep with "HDPARM -Y /dev/sda "
    Then pull it's power (NOT the DATA) plug for like 10 seconds and then plug it back in
    Wake it up by making it identify itself t w i c e by typing "HDPARM – I /dev/sda" t w i c e.
    Now enable the security mode by setting the password "idrive" on it – "HDPARM – – security-set-pass idrive /dev/sda "
    Now it is locked and must be Secure Erased "HDPARM – – secure-erase-enhanced idrive /dev/sda"
    Takes TWENTY SECONDS and then it is done.
    I want to caution you that some motherboards react badly to being started with a totaly wiped drive hooked on to them – they won't start at all even with a bootable floppy/CD/flash drive installed ! If that is the case you must take the drive to another computer that doesn't have that issue and write a "partition table" on it with MS DOS's FDISK command (booted from floppy/CD/flash drive) or else use the LIveCD of GPARTED to write a DOS partition table on it.
    After that Windows Install will take it from there : )

  4. 1GoblinGreen
    June 10, 2018 - 11:28 pm

    I am following your video, but I have two options after double clicking "Erase Disk": (ATA Secure Erase), and (NVMe Secure Erase).

    Could you elaborate on the difference between the two? I don't want to mess up now by selecting the wrong option. Thanks

  5. pn hb
    June 10, 2018 - 11:59 pm

    h**lo sir my SSD is recognized but can not format it please help me

  6. Festus Muberuka
    June 11, 2018 - 12:08 am

    I have a problem on my mac and My Hard drive is dead can someone help me

  7. Black Moustache
    June 11, 2018 - 12:29 am

    Clone your identity

  8. Nappyhead Music
    June 11, 2018 - 1:16 am

    wheres the links

  9. Novaa
    June 11, 2018 - 1:35 am

    need help, I used a disc to boot and put drives to sleep but doesn't boot up after. its been asleep for 10 minutes now, when does it boot back up after putting it to sleep?

  10. star dark
    June 11, 2018 - 1:47 am

    hi,,can i use ccleaner to wipe ssd?

  11. Infernalhermez
    June 11, 2018 - 1:50 am

    also i have tried it in 2 different pc's and more then one usb

  12. Infernalhermez
    June 11, 2018 - 1:52 am

    hay when i try to run it. it will work in till i put it to sleep because when i try to turn it back on it just shows me a black screen on both my monitors that 1 is plugged into my gpu and the other one is plugged into my motherboard can u help please i have been looking everwhere for the anser

  13. Alpha Phœnix
    June 11, 2018 - 2:40 am

    i get this message : "this routine can only run for disks supporting the security mode feature set" help me please ! 🙁

  14. appletango2424
    June 11, 2018 - 2:58 am

    theres no link for the universal usb installer in the description but good video thanks 🙂

  15. Brock Hopkins
    June 11, 2018 - 3:24 am

    Good video. Does the flash drive have to be a certain size? I used a 500gb one and once I select it as startup "Missing Operating System" quickly appears and then I'm reverted to Windows startup.

  16. Jan Trtschka
    June 11, 2018 - 3:55 am

    Followed all the steps. After starting the "default 64 boot from ram" I get a black screen and the monitor shows out "of order"…. Tried the USB stick at the back of the PC as well as in the front USB. Nothing happens. Waiting like 10min…

    Any help?

    Could you make a video on how to align a SSD? AS SSD says the alignment is BAD.

  17. Keng Vang
    June 11, 2018 - 4:29 am

    Does secure erase reset ssd disk performance?

  18. Jason Luong
    June 11, 2018 - 5:08 am

    I don't understand why I need to boot from the flash drive to wipe a drive that is just a secondary drive and not the drive that has Windows? Why can't I just run the wipe program on Windows and tell it to do the same thing? The process explained in this video is more complicated than it needs to be. Also, this method is dangerous because a mistake can wipe the wrong disk.

  19. Mojo Jojo
    June 11, 2018 - 5:22 am

    Thanks Britec. Cheers. But by the way, you make a grammar mistake in the title, it is "How to Secure Erase an SSD" Not "How to Secure Erase a SSD" 🙂

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