What can I use to erase a SSD?

KamilKozyra October 22, 2012
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I read that DBAN cannot be used to wipe a SSD drive – so what can? Is it free?

  1. KINGSHUK NATH
    November 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

    If you can't format the drive;(Locked by some Program);
    used Unlocker(Freeware). Then either format it or
    just Shift+delete all the element in your hard Disk.
    Go to folder options and checked show hidden files option & hide protected object should be unnchecked.
    Then go to RECYCLER folder(its hidden folder). like
    C:\RECYCLER (C drive is an Example)
    then delete it.
    another is C:\System Volume Information
    if you getting "Access Deny" or Can not access" like message
    open it via sharing options in folder option.
    delete all content in it.if any file locked ,again use Unlocker program.
    done (enjoy)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    this works on both SSD and HDD disk....

  2. Eserpess Eserpess
    October 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Smash it with a hammer...very well untill everything is in little tiny peaces...thats what i do

  3. Alex Perkins
    October 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I thought just deleting the files on it then overwriting it with other files worked because of the way flash memory worked.

  4. Kannon Y
    October 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    OCZ suggests securely erasing SSDs using the amazing (a free) bootable disc Parted Magic. Here's a guide on how to do it.

    Also, some SSD manufacturers make toolkits that can be used to reset your drive at the firmware level (both Intel and OCZ). This doesn't erase the data, but makes it very difficult to recover, while restoring your drive to near new levels of performance.

    Justin Pot wrote a great article on the subject not so long ago, but in my experience, the easiest way to handle the Secure Erase program is through a USB flash/thumb drive. For convenience, I prefer using LiLi, which will automatically download the required program and flash it to the USB drive. It will also give you the option of using it either as a virtual machine or as a bootable drive.

  5. Tang Kim
    October 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

    You can use AOMEI‘s Partition Assistant free version, refer to this tutorial: http://www.disk-partition.com/help/wipe-data.html this software could wipe your drive by rewriting data to it.

  6. ???? ??????
    October 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  7. druv vb
    October 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    You want to erase the SSD beyond the recovery of personal files. There's a manual way. Format it once. Then copy a large useless video file to it, ~1-2 GB. Make multiple copies of that file on the drive until full. This will occupy every single block. Format again. You won't be able to recover anything before that video file. But at the same time, it will decrease the drive's life span much quicker.

  8. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    try a full formatting! it'll wipe the data!

  9. Jan Fritsch
    October 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    The problem with tools like DBAN is that they can only access the currently mapped flash sectors which often leaves GB of space not cleaned.

    For example (fictional numbers) an 240GB SSD actually has flash chips accounting for 256GB of space. This is called manufacturer over-provisioning, is hard-coded into the controller and usually accounts for 7% of the space.
    * In addition some tools also allow user over-provisioning like Samsung SSD magician or by simply not allocation all advertised space for a partition.

    Anyway, back to the example that would leave 16GB of space which is not wiped by DBAN.

    The only reliable way to wipe an entire SSD is by performaing an ATA secure erase as the link from Alan suggests.

  10. Dave Rimmer
    October 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You should be able to download some tools from you SSD makers site to help you with this problem.

  11. Donovan
    October 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Have you tried File Shredder? It has an option to securely erase all free space. What about plugging it into the USB port of another computer? If you do that, there are any number of utilities (many of them built in) that you could use.

  12. Boni Oloff
    October 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I don't know exactly, because i don't have a SSD, but i think formating the disk with Windows Format tool will wipe all the data there.

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      SSD is like flash memory which we connect to USB

      • Boni Oloff
        October 23, 2012 at 5:50 am

        Yes, you can also use the same way for Flash Disk.

  13. ha14
    October 22, 2012 at 8:57 am
  14. Alan Wade
    October 22, 2012 at 5:36 am

    There is an article on how to securely erase a SSD drive with two free software here: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20115106-285/how-to-securely-erase-an-ssd-drive/

  15. Bruce Epper
    October 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Because of the way SSDs store data, there is not currently an effective tool to use to completely wipe the drive and doing so will only decrease the life of the drive with no guarantee that all of the data space has been overwritten. Defraggers have the same effect on drive life.

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