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Samsung Secure Erase

Written on May 10, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

What is Secure Erase?

The Samsung Secure Erase utility creates a bootable USB that you can use to permanently destroy all data stored on an SSD by erasing data from all cells. This will also reset the SSD to its factory state if there are problems with performance or operation of the SSD.

Before running Secure Erase, make sure that the firmware of the SSD is updated to the latest version. Also be aware that all data on the drive will be destroyed during this process, no exceptions.


Required items:

  • Samsung SSD
  • USB flash drive
  • Samsung Magician software

Download Samsung Magician software (5.0) here if you do not already have it installed

Getting started

Step 1:

Insert the USB device and click the “START” button in the bottom left of your screen and type “Samsung Magician” then select the first result. You will then see the following window.

Step 2:

Click the “Secure Erase” tab at the bottom of the window.

Step 3:

Click “Browse” and select the USB drive you wish to use and click “OK”.


Step 4:

A warning will appear detailing the formatting of the USB selected. Click “YES”.

Step 5:

A progress bar will appear. Please do not perform any other tasks during this process.

Step 6:

Next you should see a Success message. Please click “YES” and restart the computer.

Step 7:

Boot from the USB - Depending on your motherboard manufacturer the process may differ but generally pressing F8 while the system is booting will provide the boot selection menu.


Step 8:

This is the Samsung Magician Secure Erase splash screen. Press “Y” on your keyboard to proceed.

Step 9:

The tool will scan all drives - in this image we only see 1 Samsung SSD but if you have multiple please verify WHICH one you are erasing before performing. Press “Y” on your keyboard to proceed.

Step 10:

Secure erase will process then present the message “Secure Erase is Successful”.

Step 11:

The Samsung Secure erase tool will automatically close. You can then remove the USB and restart the PC.


Step 12:

Once the PC has booted back into Windows you will need to initialize the drive. Left click the “Start” button and type “Drive Management” then select the first result. The following screen will appear.

Step 13:

Leave defaults and click “OK”.

Step 14:

Select the new disk typically referred to as “Disk 0” as seen below. Click “Action>All Tasks>New Simple Volume…”.

Step 15:

You will now see the "New Simple Volume Wizard" screen. Click “Next”.


Step 16:

Leave the defaults and click “Next”.

Step 17:

Leave the defaults for drive letter and click “Next”.

Step 18:

Leave the default Format options and click “Next”.

Step 19:

Click “Finish”.


Step 20:

Close “Disk Management” and open “File Explorer”. You will now see your new volume. It will be securely erased and usable.

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Tags: Samsung, Magician, SSD, Software, secure, erase, hard drive, windows

I have some problems.
Step 8, a garbled screen is displayed, no font available.
Fix by pressing the ESC key, > and at the CMD prompt, > type, segui0 /s > press Enter.
Screen then displays correctly.
Selecting Y to continue.
A Message is displayed about the SSD frozen and what to do.

Could you please update your How To and include the nec steps.

Posted on 2017-06-01 07:59:08
Chad Warmenhoven

Typically when the screen is garbled like this it is due to incompatible hardware (SSD) or an outdated SecureErase software (4.0) so I would not recommend proceeding if that is the case. The possibility of permanently damaging your hardware is very high.

Posted on 2017-06-15 02:42:18
Jason Hortelano

https://www.youtube.com/wat... This is the fix for your problem

Posted on 2017-09-20 01:46:04
Slightly out of my depth

I have a specific situation that I need help with, if someone would be so kind. I recently built a PC and everything went fairly well except my 960 Evo, which I use as my boot drive for Windows 10 and various programs, was picked up by the MoBo as disk 1 instead of disk 0 because I had an HDD plugged in as well when I installed the OS. This was annoying, but disk 1 seems to work fine as the boot drive so I left it alone. But now after about two weeks of messing with stuff and adding programs, everything on the system feels sluggish and I'm getting blue screen crashes out of games and stuff. So I want to secure-erase the 960 Evo and then reinstall Windows on it, but I'll have the HDD unplugged when I boot up my Windows USB so hopefully the SSD will register as disk 0. So my question is ... should I do this or is it overkill? Would it be just as good to use the reinstall options within Windows without messing with the SSD itself? Is it worth it to get a disk 0 boot drive? The steps outlined above seem to suggest that you'd be secure-erasing from a bootable thumb drive, then restarting into windows to do the drive management stuff. But if this recently wiped SSD is showing up as disk 0, does that mean the OS was on disk 1 on this hypothetical system? I'm confused. Where is Windows? If I erase my SSD with Windows, can I then boot up from my Windows thumb drive and choose the Evo as my boot drive and format from there? Sorry for the length of this, just want to make sure I'm getting the full situation across. Thanks for any help.

Posted on 2017-06-21 06:00:20
Chad Warmenhoven

I would definitely recommend a clean install and would do the same in your situation. It might very well be overkill but having boot0 as the boot drive would be motivation enough for me! :) I would perform the clean install and not the refresh/reinstall options included with Windows. The secure erase function is not necessary unless you plan to sell the drive or give to someone else (or just really want all data purged permanently). You can boot from thumb drive and choose Evo as boot drive and format there. Best of luck!

Posted on 2017-08-01 00:40:43

The Samsung Secure Erase v5.x utility is flawed. You have to install Windows to run it (Win 10 Pro in my case), but then when you want to do a Secure Erase it says it is not possible on the bootable SSD (I only have one). Then because of that there is NO option to create a bootable USB in this instance, Step 3 from the guide above does not exist. Unfortunately my SSD is an m.2 960 Pro and is not supported in the older versions of Magician. Next to creating a bootable from USB Windows 10 I don't see any way around this.

Posted on 2017-06-30 01:26:33

I'm having the exact same issue - my version of Samsung Magician (5.1.0) Does not have the option to create a boot drive. I also have a 960 pro.

Posted on 2017-08-13 15:16:16

I gave up on the Samsung software and just use BitLocker in Windows 10. BIOS has a boot password too.

Posted on 2017-08-13 20:45:27
Azfar Hashmi

How I am supposed to boot into Windows and open "Disk Management" and initialize the disk once my SSD is entirely erased?

Will I be able to install fresh OS once the secure delete operation is completed?

Posted on 2018-01-04 08:36:23

You are able to install a fresh OS after the Secure Erase. It will show up as unallocated space that the Windows installer (for example) will allocate to install it's Operating System.

Posted on 2018-04-09 10:35:43
Mostafa Goudaa

how can i solve this ?

Posted on 2019-01-11 12:21:02

I have some drives which was used in our data center, we would like to retire them, instead of destroying these drives, we would like to sell these drives to the 3rd world countries. Before we sell it, we would like to erase all the data, erase the drive serial numbers so that the buyer will not get any further support from Samsung due to the serial numbers were erased and not traceable anymore. Does anyone knows any utility that can perform this?

Posted on 2019-06-28 23:11:50
ReturnoftheBrotha .

How come you don't want them to not get anymore support? Either the warranty expires or it does not. 99.98% of people don't care about serial numbers on SSD drives.

Posted on 2019-09-21 16:26:59


Posted on 2021-06-27 01:58:34

I am trying to use Secure Erase latest version. PC boots in Secure Erase but no keyboard USB or PS2 will let me type anything in Secure Erase once booted into Secure Erase. USB keyboard has no lights but PS2 keyboard still does but still nothing happens when trying to type Y to proceed.

Any ideas?

Posted on 2021-06-27 02:00:50

That sounds to me like whatever the underlying OS is on the bootable drive is having trouble detecting / working with your keyboards. I would normally suggest trying PS2 if available, but it sounds like you already did? Unfortunately I don't have any ideas on how to get that working... so maybe try a different application for wiping the drive? I think PartedMagic is another option: https://partedmagic.com/wp-...

Posted on 2021-06-28 19:20:58