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How To Secure Erase An SSD?

How To Secure Erase An SSD
Written by Martin Mcgaha

Are you facing lagging issues with data loading on your PC and the storage is overloaded? And you are worried about its slow speed? Even don’t know how to erase an SSD to clean the disk bugged by different malware? To erase the data you can clean SSD with several methods.

You should know that through this process the data will be completely erased. Your PC Windows And the files stored on the volume partitions would be deleted forever. Even the partitions you created on the drive would be deleted by erasing the SSD. You would need third-party software for entering the ATA security erase command (Not recommended).

For in-depth understanding, to use more tools for the process I would refer you here.

Disk Cleaner can clean it from harmful viruses but it is not a permanent solution for speed issues. I don’t recommend third-party software and tools for erasing SSD. Why? Because SSDs are sensitive as compared to magnetic hard drives. Windows OS and macOS tools can do it for you! It is explained in detail in this post.

However, you also have more options to securely erase all the data on SSD or HDD to clean it for efficient performance. You can boot your computer from the bios or configuration settings to erase all the data. Now it is your choice which option you should pick to get your PC in better working conditions.

Methods To Erase An SSD

As I explained it depends on your selection of what method you pick for erasing an SSD. For Windows and macOS I am explaining here the steps and points you should follow to go through the process.

How To Erase An SSD On Windows?(Volume Deletion)

Before starting the erasing process check that the SSD is not on Boot Mode from the configuration settings of the computer BIOS. If it is on Boot, remove it from Boot Mode.

In Windows, you have tools like device management that can help with all types of administration commands to perform. You can delete partitions with the assistance of this tool very easily. And the process is simple. Explained here as follows.

Right-click on This PC icon in windows 10 on the Desktop and it will open a small drop down menu with different options. Here you need to opt for Manage. After choosing to manage a new window will open with the information about different tools you can use for the management of the computer.

Under disk management, you will be able to secure erase SSD partitions and it will erase the data stored on the partitions and would create a single large partition of the distributed volumes. What steps you need to follow are explained in the image below (DIY steps with some counted clicks).

disk management tool to erase an ssd

How To Format An SSD On Windows?

This process is also easy to remove the data from SSD. I would refer you to the TRIM Command before doing this.

You need to check for the SSD is not on Boot mode first, and that it is connected to the system properly and in running condition.

In Windows 10 operating system you can do it from This PC. Simply open This PC by double click on This PC icon and access to the opened window will make you access the SSD partitions.

Use Right-click to select the partition, remember this is the volume partition target to erase, and click on the format option from the drop-down menu. A new drop-down menu will appear with options with the demand for your confirmation for the deletion of the target partition data.

Confirm the data formation (a quick format is recommended to complete the process quickly). On the completion, you will see an empty SSD partition completely cleaned from the data stored on it. But this method works perfectly on HDDs, on SSDs you need to erase the partition to get rid of the unwanted files as on SSDs TRIM command would only wipe the files temporarily.

How To Erase An SSD On macOS?

To erase an SSD on macOS you need to ensure that SSD is not on Boot mode and connected properly to your MacBook.

Take the assistance of the Finder tool to find the disk utility option. Point to the SSD volume partitions you want to erase by selecting them and clicking on the partition tab. Under this tab, you will have the option to choose the desired partition to erase.

Before choosing the options you need to be certain about the selection of the GUID Partition Table, when everything is set click on Apply to create a larger single partition of the differently distributed volumes of SSD. When it is done select the minus option and click it to eliminate the partitions. It is done now you can re-use it for your data storage.

Does Secure Erase Damage Your SSD?

In general, as compared to HDD if you see SSD is more pron and sensitive to damages. They are made with more care to store data and to increase the life it has for the purpose of storage. I would not recommend the maintenance of SSD because its design with self-sufficient features could be damaged during the partitions erase process.

However the process I explained above would help secure erase SSD and you can re-use it for data storage. Even you can use it as a primary drive for your computer. You can also find SSD erase tools on the internet to securely erase it.

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What Is SSD Trim, and Should You Use It?

To comply with wear leveling the solid-state drive continuously moves data on all sides to make the data evenly distributing on all existing blocks. You should have the know-how on this particular concept that with ordinary deletion methods you can not delete all the data files from a solid-state drive.

In comparison with HDD, it is hard to erase everything as the technology used on SSDs is different. To internally wipe out the data files (data files no longer in use) on solid-state drive TRIM command helps in deletion from the marked blocks.

For thorough understanding let me clear that when you erase files from your system TRIM command wipes them out from your system and stores them for later utilization. That simply means TRIM would only wipe the files (you won’t see them on the system) but not completely deleted them from the storage. So erasing is the permanent solution for getting rid of the unwanted files.

Conclusion

Team PC253 always recommends permanent solutions for your problems with PCs and computer devices. Erasing the data storage of the solid-state drive including the partitions ensures secure erase of the malware and lets you have the liberty to have the SSD in re-useable condition. A future-proof solution is what every single one of you needs for the issues you are facing. I hope I made it simple to get you through the process and let you do it yourself without the assistance of any system engineer to save you extra finances.

I would always welcome your suggestion for the improvement of our content for better information delivery to the readers.

About the author

Martin Mcgaha

Martin is a tech blogger who started his blogging career in the toughest times of his life back in 2015. Over the course of 5 years, he experienced many ups and downs and mainly focused on providing the best content for his audience. Martin is also a 50% share holder at a corporate company named FifeMatrix. FifeMatrix is the owner of many tech blogs and Software Products.

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