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Secure erase free space on an SSD?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Sumanji, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Sumanji


    Joined: Mar 12, 2003

    Posts: 8,044

    Location: Boston, MA


    I've done a fresh Windows install on a PC that I am passing on to relatives, but want to make sure the SSD is completely wipes of my files.

    The drive is a Crucial MX300, but the utility won't let me "sanitize" the drive.

    Is there any way to securely erase all the free space from within Windows? I assume this will be enough to remove all traces of my files.


  2. postmanfw


    Joined: May 7, 2006

    Posts: 2,787

    Location: Fort William

    Ccleaner has a built in drive wipe tool :)

    Just set to wipe the free space obviously :)
  3. zola25

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 7, 2005

    Posts: 1,394

    Sdelete can clean free space.
  4. Danny091

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 1,654

    Location: North Wales

    Get the latest free version of partedmagic simply put it on a flash drive and boot from it, run the internal secure erase command. This is the best way for ssd's as it also resets all the bits and trim info, and can recover performance too.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2018