How to Securely Wipe a Solid State Drive (SSD)?

Nov 17, 2022

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are a common digital storage method. Because of their speed and efficiency, they make a great alternative to traditional Hard Drives (HDDs). However, the differences in design can also make it more difficult to securely wipe and dispose of your devices.

Despite their benefits, SSDs can present security issues if not handled correctly. Therefore, companies must dispose of them properly when they’re no longer being used.

Why Should I Wipe My Drive?

It’s not always necessary to completely destroy an SSD when getting rid of it. By wiping your SSD before disposal, you can secure your data while getting a small ROI by selling it. It’s important to properly wipe storage devices before selling or disposing of them.

The problem is that SSDs have unique characteristics that make wiping them different from their HDD counterparts. Because data is written to different blocks spread across the drive, traditional wiping methods won’t work.

ATA Secure Erase

Supported drives offer the ATA Secure Erase command, which allows users to reset the device to a clean state. For this to work, the device must be connected through either a SATA or ESATA interface. On many operating systems, you can connect devices using the “hdparm” command.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) considers ATA Secure Erase, alongside degaussing techniques, to be acceptable for purging ATA drives. Some BIOS and UEFI interfaces also support Secure Erase.

Manufacturer Software

Many companies offer specialized software for wiping SSDs. These dedicated programs make it easy to wipe an SSD and securely dispose of it. Many even have integrated backup, recovery, and corruption detection tools.

Some common programs that can be used to securely erase data from an SSD include:

  • Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
  • Samsung Magician
  • Seagate Seatools
  • Crucial Storage Executive
  • Western Digital Dashboard

There are also a few third-party options to choose from, including DBAN, GParted, and EaseUS. Users should be careful when using these tools to ensure they don’t compromise the data they still need.

Physical Destruction

When a device is no longer operating correctly, it’s best to dispose of it rather than simply erase the data. Shredding, disintegration, melting, and drilling are all effective ways to destroy the physical media for good, ensuring the data goes with it.

Data destruction can be a tricky process. Luckily, SEAM services offer comprehensive shredding and erasure for physical hard drives and documents.

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