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Samsung Secure Erase

Written on May 10, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven
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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.

Preparation

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.

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

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.
Thanks.

Posted on 2017-06-01 07:59:08
VimFuego

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
Tim

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