May 27, 2023

Rahul Goel


Solid state drives (SSDs) offer more benefits over their hard disk drive (HDD) counterparts. With faster read/write times, better performance, much quieter sounds, and lower power consumption, SSDs are, all-in-all, a powerful replacement for HDDs.



In most situations, they can be treated similarly once it’s time to destroy or otherwise dispose of them. Still, when it comes to getting rid of the data they’ve stored, there are specific processes that must be used for the best results.


To recover an SSD, the data must first be properly disposed of. Removing the data from an SSD is generally done by using either Sanitize or Erase operations.


Putting data back into its raw state through these methods is a practical way to ensure data is properly discarded before getting rid of the device, but the two do have some important differences. To remove data from your SSD and restore it to factory settings, you must choose to either Sanitize or Erase, but which is better?


SSDs Sanitization

Sanitizing is a comprehensive method of SSD data erasure that removes the entirety of the contents on the drive. By resetting the SSD’s storage cells to an empty state, Sanitize offers an effective way to secure data while restoring device performance. Sanitize ensures data can never be recovered.


SSDs Erasure

Erase doesn’t provide a fully comprehensive method for wiping SSDs, but it is a much faster option. Erase is also a universally supported feature for SSDs, making it a go-to option for most users. Most device manufacturers provide tools for users to access and configure their SSDs, which is where they’ll be able to find the Secure Erase option.


Which Is Better?

Even though Sanitizing a much more effective method, not all manufacturers include this option in their device specs. Hence making it a less versatile option than Secure Erase.

While, for the most common use cases, Secure Erase is probably easiest, users who have access to the Sanitize option should take advantage of it, given it provides better protection for your data. Secure Erase provides a simple way to erase data, but it probably won’t be enough if you’re selling or throwing out your device if you want your data permanently removed.



Make sure your data is truly inaccessible before destroying or disposing of your SSD. DiskDeleter specializes in value recovery for end-of-life (EOL) devices so you can keep your data safe while getting maximum return on investment (ROI) for your assets.

If you need secure electronics recycling or wiping data, we’re here to ensure everything is compliant from start to finish. DiskDeleter offers 16 methods of HDD deletion process with tempered proof Licensing securely. Specifically for SSD DiskDeleter offers NIST800-88 & NIST800-88 Advanced methods, which are latest method of securely deleting data from SSD. Contact us for more information and we will be glad to provide more information.

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