Windows 10: how can I wipe my SSD clean?

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  1.    15 Nov 2017 #1

    how can I wipe my SSD clean?


    On my computer, I have an SSD that was originally for a Vista computer.
    I'd like to wipe it clean to either toss it out or save it for future use.
    However is it a good idea to save it for future use?
    --- Do modern SSD's have better technology and performance?
    Either way, how can I wipe the SSD clean?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 2,693
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       15 Nov 2017 #2

    Hi,
    If you plan on tossing it just use a hammer first
    If not just format it.
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  3.    15 Nov 2017 #3

    Remove the SSD from the computer and attach it to working computer via a USB Adapter, Dock or Enclosure with a power adapter. It will come up as a secondary drive. If you are thinking of keeping it for yourself, then you can press the Win Key+X and choose Disk Management Right click the SSD and choose Format. If you thinking of selling it or giving it away, then use a program like Active KillDisk to wipe the drive first.
    If it is an older SSD, it may not be SATA III it may be only SATAII and the capacity may be small, but it is still usable.
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  4.    15 Nov 2017 #4

    The only really secure way to clean SSD is invokimg ATA Secure Erase command. It requires special software. SSD vendors usually offer their own tools:
    Intel SSD Toolbox
    Samsung Magician
    OCZ SSD Guru
    etc
    but their Secure Erase function is locked to SSDs of the same brand. So you have to install software which is related to your SSD.
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  5.    15 Nov 2017 #5

    spunk said: View Post
    Remove the SSD from the computer and attach it to working computer via a USB Adapter, Dock or Enclosure with a power adapter. It will come up as a secondary drive. If you are thinking of keeping it for yourself, then you can press the Win Key+X and choose Disk Management Right click the SSD and choose Format. If you thinking of selling it or giving it away, then use a program like Active KillDisk to wipe the drive first.
    If it is an older SSD, it may not be SATA III it may be only SATAII and the capacity may be small, but it is still usable.
    Thanks, I plan on keeping the SSD in case it could become handy in the future.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    15 Nov 2017 #6

    Two notes:
    - FORMAT command DOES NOT ERASE any data from disk, they are still recoverable
    - Only the highest version - $80 KillDisk Ultimate - supports Secure Erase function. Other functions/methods DO NOT GUARANTEE impossibility of recovering data from SSD.
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  7.    16 Nov 2017 #7

    You could just get a USB2/3 to SATA adapter and use it as portable/removable disk faster than any USB2/3 stick probably larger too. If it's for your personal use, it's enough to delete all partitions and make one new one.
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  8.    16 Nov 2017 #8

    Open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin). Run:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk # <- replace # with the actual number of the SSD you want to reuse
    clean <- this will remove all partitions on the selected drive. You can't do this if you are booted from the SSD you want to reuse

    If you want to leave it completely blank (but NOT securely erased), then the next two commands would be exit, exit.

    If you want to establish a new partition on it to use for data storage, the next commands would be:
    create part pri
    format fs=ntfs quick
    assign
    exit
    exit

    The above commands still will NOT securely erase the SSD.
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       16 Nov 2017 #9

    MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    On my computer, I have an SSD that was originally for a Vista computer.
    I'd like to wipe it clean to either toss it out or save it for future use.
    However is it a good idea to save it for future use?
    --- Do modern SSD's have better technology and performance?
    Either way, how can I wipe the SSD clean?
    Get either GParted, or a Linux live disk/USB(and use the GParted there), then delete all partitioning, and repartition the whole disk as one simple partition. I believe GParted will then automatically run retrim and data is gone.
    If then you just want to use it as a data disk connect it to your PC, if you want to use it as a boot disk in another PC, redelete the partitioning and leave it all as unallocated.

    Other option see: How to zero-fill a drive with DD
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  10.    16 Nov 2017 #10

    A lot of good information. So now I'll use it for personal use as a data disk instead of just letting it hang around.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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