Securely Erase Data on Intel Solid State Drives
When you want to replace Intel SSD, it is better to make it clean before dispose it. But after downloaded Intel SSD Toolbox, you found this SSD secure erase tool is not working at all on Windows 10. What happened?
I found a note from Intel support page, it says:
Windows 8*/8.1* and Windows® 10 operating systems block Secure Erase functionality through the Intel® Toolbox.. And they made that page specially to explain why you can't use it. I also found some notes for the about to replace Intel SSD.
So what if we want to erase Intel SSD in Windows 10 while this system is blocking Intel Toolbox, do we have any alternatives?
- You need secondary access for target drive for Secure Erase.
- Remove all drive partitions.
- You cannot Secure Erase a current working drive.
- Securely destroy and properly dispose of replaced SSDs.
- Windows 8*/8.1* and Windows® 10 do not allow secure erase.
We'll use ByebyeData Eraser instead.
1. Click Download form this page, then choose the proper edition to download and install it to any Drive, then Run it as administrator (in the right-click menu) and click Yes to Windows 10's UAC dialog.
2. To erase the entire the entire Intel SSD, we need to create a boot media and erase it in WinPE, follow the guide to create bootable media of ByebyeData Eraser. (Click Bootable media in the sidebar)
3. In WinPE ByebyeData Eraser interface,
click Erase disk > select Intel SSD > specify an algorithm > click Erase Now > Yes.
Applies to Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP