How To Securely Erase or Wipe SSD

Here, you can learn two variant ways to securely erase SSD data rather than completely discarding it.

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Erasing SSD or storage device is crucial if you’ve planned to sell your computer system or just a storage device so that the stored data can’t be recovered or re-accessed. Given this concern, a secure SSD erase process must be executed to wipe out all the data of your SSD.

Part 1. Does Secure Erase Work on SSD?

The secure erase process isn't confined to HDDs; in fact, it works perfectly on SSDs also, but you might need to implement relatively different approaches to perform a secure erase SSD process. In this regard, various SSD manufacturers also present secure erase utilities; you can easily reset your SSD to a factory state using such handy tools.

Part 2. What Is SSD Trim, and Should You Use It?

If you have a solid-state drive or SSD, then you might be familiar with the significance of SSD trim support. SSD trim is a command that proves to be quite effective in prolonging the SSD lifespan and improving its overall performance. Basically, the SSD Trim command is used by operating systems to inform the SSDs about the blocks that are no longer needed so that SSD can either delete such unrequired blocks or mark them as free to rewrite with new files. Therefore, it is always recommended to enable the SSD trim; you can also manually enable it if it is disabled on your system by default.

Part 3. How To Securely Erase or Wipe SSD?

Though the utilities offered by SSD makers to securely erase SSD are quite effective, but if your SSD doesn't have any built-in secure erase utility, then you can also go for a few other handy methods to securely erase SSDs.

Secure Erase Your SSD Using Parted Magic

Parted Magic is considered one the best application to erase SSDs & HDDs securely. Therefore, here we have explained how to secure erase SSD using Parted Magic in detail; you just need to follow the below stated steps precisely.

Step 1: Firstly, download the Parted Magic and create a mountable USB flash drive using any reliable utility, i.e., Refus.

parted magic bootable drive

Step 2: Boot the drive on your PC and select the Default Settings option.

default settings in parted magic

Step 3: Navigate to the Erase Disk app from the appeared Linux desktop environment and launch it.

parted magic desktop environment

Step 4: Now, choose the NVMe Secure Erase” option if you have NVMe SSD; otherwise, select “Secure Erase - ATA Devices” if you’ve a SATA drive.

select disk to erase ssd via parted magic

Step 5: You will see a list of available disks. Here the targeted disk may be listed as Frozen, which means it can’t be selected. So, if this is the case, click on the Sleep button. In this process, the screen might blink for a few seconds and then return to a normal state, hinting that the disk is now available in a selectable state.

sleep ssd using parted magic

Step 6: Then, choose the drive you intend to erase and click on the Continue button.

select drive to erase via parted magic

Step 7: Checkmark the option “I allow this utility to erase the listed devices” and click on the Start Erase button.

parted magic confirmation dialog

Step 8: The system might take a few minutes to erase your SSD, and you can easily track the process via the Progress bar.

parted magic progress bar

Step 9: Once the SSD erase process is over, Parted Magic will show a message box to notify about the successful erasing of SSD data.

successful erasing of ssd

Secure Erase Your SSD Using PSID Revert

PSID revert is another effective approach to secure erase SSD, but note that you can only implement it if your drive is fully encrypted and no other wiping method worked. For instance, if you've locked your SSD drive via Windows 10 pro BitLocker, you can't even access the drive data without using the decryption key, so data erasing is equally challenging. In this connection, PSID (Physical Security ID) Revert effectively unlocks and wipes your SSD. So, for this, what you need to do is:

Step 1: Check the label of your SSD drive to get the PSID. To make the process easier, you can take a picture of PSID so that you can conveniently read it again from there.

psid on ssd label

Step 2: Enter the PSID in PSID Unlocker GUI (without spaces & dashes) and click the Unlock button.

enter psid in psid unlocker

Part 4. Can Wiped SSD Data Be Recovered?

Although you've wiped or erased your SSD, given the need to reuse or resell it, but if you couldn't take a backup of important files stored on your SSD before wiping, then you might be hunting for a way to recover the wiped files. In such a case, Wondershare Recoverit can assist you in performing successful data recovery.

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Operational Steps:

Step 1: Select the SSD drive where you wiped your data, and click on the Start button.

select a location to start recovery

Step 2: The Recoverit will instantly scan the selected SSD drive to dig out the lost files.

wondershare recoverit scanning

Step 3: Once the Scanning process is over, you can preview the scanned files.

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Step 4: Select the recoverable files and click on the Recover button.


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You can instantly wipe your SSD before selling via the Parted Magic application. But if your drive is encrypted, then you can opt for the PSID Revert method to unlock & wipe it.

The SSD wiping process basically removes the SSD data permanently so that it can't be recovered, especially in a case where you're selling your computer or SSD.

The wiping of an SSD generally depends on the amount of data it contains, but approximately it takes about 15 seconds to erase or wipe an SSD.

Yes, most SSD-removing methods delete all the data on the drive, i.e., user data, operating system data, etc. In fact, some SSD erasing methods also remove the partitions.

The SSDs usually come with a lifespan of 5 to 10 years, so data can be stored on them for up to 10 years unless you intentionally erase the drive content earlier.


Whether you intend to donate your SSD or sell your computer, you must wipe or erase your drive beforehand so that your data can't be accessed or reused by other users. Given this concern, we have comprehensively demonstrated how you can readily wipe your SSD in two different ways.

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