Windows 10: How to Erase Windows 10 and all other files from SSD?

Discus and support How to Erase Windows 10 and all other files from SSD? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Hello, I want to sell my laptop which is fitted with an SSD drive ONLY so need to fully erase the SSD ofall files for security purposes. I used the... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by Leon17433, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Leon17433 Win User

    How to Erase Windows 10 and all other files from SSD?


    Hello,


    I want to sell my laptop which is fitted with an SSD drive ONLY so need to fully erase the SSD ofall files for security purposes.


    I used the free DBAN Boot and Nuke several years back for this purpose but unfortunately it now doesn't erase an SSD drive, so am looking for alternatives.


    Does anyone know of any good secure free SSD drive erasers that I could use? As Windows 10 is actually ON the SSD I expect it would need to be an eraser that is used when Windows 10 isn't running e.g. on boot up?


    Any help will be much appreciated.


    Thank You.

    :)
     
    Leon17433, Oct 18, 2020
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  2. Ahhzz Win User

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Oct 18, 2020
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  3. Dia01 Win User
    Securely erasing old SSD - Ubuntu

    Very inexperienced with Linux and have been playing around lately with Ubuntu 17.10 successfully recovering data from a bad HDD, quite impressed by it also.

    First question is. I have an old OCZ Vertex 3 120GB that has been lying around forever and want to wipe it to factory settings and install Ubuntu on it (so I don't need to run Windows side by side on my current OS drive). I'm assuming the easiest way to do this is to do the following?
    • Boot Ubuntu from USB installer
    • Select 'Try Ubuntu before you install it'
    • Open the Terminal and
    • Use the Command-line to Simple Secure Erase i.e. hdparm --security-erase PASS /dev/sdX
    My second question is, if the above will work do I then need to format the entire SSD in ext4 or does the installer by default format/partition the SSD when 'Erase disk and install Ubuntu' is selected?


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    Dia01, Oct 18, 2020
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  4. Guntert Win User

    How to Erase Windows 10 and all other files from SSD?

    Secure Erase SSD Samsung


    I have a samsung SSD and a PNY SSD that I installed on my laptop. I get an error and fix complete when I boot up windows 10. I was told I should do a secure erase and reinstall windows 10. I have tired using samsung magician and make bootable USB but nothing happens. My Samsung SSD is my main drive c:/ with windows 10 on it. Any ideas or suggestions?
     
    Guntert, Oct 18, 2020
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