Windows 10: Best method to wipe an ssd drive?

Discus and support Best method to wipe an ssd drive? in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; Any tips? I've used secure erase in parted magic (the option for enhanced secure erase was blanked out) but then read somewhere that there is no secure... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by Hazel123, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Hazel123 Win User

    Best method to wipe an ssd drive?


    Any tips? I've used secure erase in parted magic (the option for enhanced secure erase was blanked out) but then read somewhere that there is no secure way to wipe an ssd? Planning to reinstall and then sell the machine on. It's only a small 80gb drive and not new to me or I'd swap it for something but the machine would be too slow without it.

    I am also confused. Secure erase says it writes 0s to the drive. Standard wiping writes 0s to the drive! I thought secure erase was something other than wiping 0s to the drive!

    :)
     
    Hazel123, Oct 2, 2018
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  2. little cat, Oct 2, 2018
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  3. mrje1 Win User
    Wiping my Windows 10 pro PC.What Method should I use to wipe-Reinstall


    Thank you spapakons. Doing this way you suggest will this method clean out completely like the department of defense DoD Short or something in that range? Also, is this method you suggest be safe enough or wipe out the drive enough to just give the computer away etc?

    Thank you!
     
    mrje1, Oct 2, 2018
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  4. topgundcp Win User

    Best method to wipe an ssd drive?

    Cloning to SSD then swapping drive letters


    @SamHobbs
    What you want done is very simple and can be done in short period of time. Here's my suggestion:
    There's 2 modes that Windows can be installed: UEFI and the old legacy MBR. Open Disk Management, look at the disk where your C drive is, if there's a
    1. EFI System Partition, your Windows was installed using UEFI.
    2. System Reserved partition, your Windows was installed using MBR
    Next, Connect your SSD to an available Sata port (no need to format or do anything). Download: Macrium Reflect Free . Install and run. Follow the steps below:
    1. From Macrium, click on image this disk under your C drive and save it to either an Internal or External Drive. This will create a single backup image of the whole disk containing your C drive.
    2. Again, from Macrium, click on Restore tab and select the image created from step 1, Select your SSD as the destination drive, click Next->Finish
    3. Exit Macrium. If your Windows was installed using MBR, Open disk management and make sure the SSD is marked "Active" else go to next step.
    4. Shutdown your PC. Disconnect the HD containing Windows C drive then connect your SSD to it.
    5. Reboot. Your PC should boot and the Windows should have C as the drive letter.

    NOTE: The procedure above is to backup your Windows to an image file then copy it back to the SSD. This ensures proper cluster size aligment for the SSD. In addition, Macrium also perform Trimming for the SSD. This is more preferable than cloning.
     
    topgundcp, Oct 2, 2018
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