When you wipe the device completely, it means you wipe the entire hard drive. Some data blocks can (and probably will) still be on the so-called overprovisioning area of the device and leaving remnants of legacy data behind which computer recovery experts can find. The best way to safely wipe an SSD disk is by using the official manufacturer’s official secure erase software.
Secure Data wipes should be run after the computer has rebooted, and the hard drive is turned off. After rebooting, you should first close all applications and shut down the system. You should then reboot, and once the computer has started, you should see the operating system prompt when it boots up. After booting, you should then shut down the system and reboot it again.
Once the computer has rebooted, and the operating system is ready, you should then remove all USB drives and external drives from the PC. The Secure Data wipe software should be used to completely wipe the device.
If the Secure Data wipes are not installed correctly, you will notice a warning message in the System Control Panel (SCP). If the warning message disappears after rebooting, you should have an SD wipe software working correctly.
After you have completed the Secure Data wipes, you should then restart the computer and let it boot up. When the computer starts, it should display the boot menu which contains a list of devices and software that are already installed in your computer.
When the computer displays a list of devices and software, select the SD wipe icon in the boot menu. Click the “Start” button to reboot, and your computer should boot back up into Windows.
If the Secure Data wipes are not adequately uninstalled, you will find a message “Secure Data wipes not complete”. After rebooting, you should see the operating system prompt when it boots up. When it boots up, you should select the “Quit” option, and you should then click the “OK” button.
When your computer reboots up, you should see the SD wipe icon in the boot menu. Select the “Start” button to boot up, and when you boot up, you should see a message “Secure Data wipes not complete”. Click the “Quit” button, and you should see a blank screen.
If you have a second computer, you should uninstall both devices in the Device Manager and uninstall the Secure Data wipe software in the “Settings” menu. This will make it more difficult to boot up your other computer.