Intel, SanDisk, Micron, Samsung SSD managing software

by Jane / Tue Nov 06 2018

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SSD manufacturer Intel, SanDisk, Micron, Samsung SSD managing software used to manage the SSD, how do they secure erase SSD? Does bootable media require? Do they support Windows 10?

SSD manufacturers have their own software to Secure Erase their own SSD, this operation will factory reset SSD and remove everything on the disk. Intel, SanDisk, Micron, and Samsung have different program to sanitize SSD, we’ll briefly introduce them, hope this might be helpful before purchasing a brand new SSD

We’ll be talking about the following programs:

  • Intel SSD Toolbox
  • SanDisk SSD Dashboard
  • Samsung Magician Software.
  • Micron Crucial Storage Executive

It’s a drive management program that allows you to view current drive information for it’s own brand and non-intel SSDs (some of the features), main features are as followed:

Intel SSD Toolbox
Intel SSD Toolbox
  • SSD Optimizer
  • Quick Diagnostic Scan
  • Full Diagnostic Scan
  • Secure Erase
  • Firmware Update
  • System Tuner
  • System Information

Bootable Media: Not required

Cannot run this feature on Windows 10 will filter many users out, if you’re still using Windows 7, this tool shall be the best option, since it not only runs on Intel SSDs, it has a very good support on other brands’ drives, but it does provide alternative solutions for making a disk clean:

  • Bootable Rescue Media
  • Acronis DriveCleanser

Intel® Data Migration Software

These two solutions are in the Intel® Data Migration Software (Size: 445.23 MB), which supports Windows 8 and Windows 10, so when it comes low-level format, the Intel® Data Migration Software is an also a better solution

The Size of the software is 445.23 MB, just like a PC game package size, a little bit more in size as for a Disk Managing program [Partition Expert size in 12MB, and Data Wiper size in 11MB].

PSID revert

Intel SSD Toolbox doesn’t have the access to PSID revert, but Intel® SSD Pro Administrator Tool does, it also has the Secure Erase function, why don’t they build an all-in-one program? septate related functions to different tools don’t make any sense, anyway, here’s the download link of the Intel® SSD Pro Administrator Tool, a command line tool, Windows 10 support

Intel SSD Toolbox Official PDF Guide

Pros and Cons of removing data

Pros: The following features also support non-intel SSDs

  • SMART attributes
  • Drive Details
  • Display drive letter and capacity
  • Scanning for Drives (Intel/Non-intel SSDs, HDDs)

Cons: As for the Secure Erase function, it has the following limitations/inconveniences:

  • You need secondary access for target drive for Secure Erase (inconvenient)
  • You cannot Secure Erase a current working drive (general limitation)
  • Cannot run on boot drives or drives with a partition (inconvenient)
  • Windows 8/8.1 and Windows® 10 do not allow secure erase (inconvenient)

check the notes

NOTE: This program can run on Windows 10, but Secure Erase functionality for SATA devices is blocked by the Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10* operating systems.

Unlike Intel SSD Toolbox, the SanDisk SSD Dashboard only supports SanDisk brand SSD products. The Dashboard main interface contains five tabs: Status, to show basic information like capacity, volumes, Life Remaining, Temperature, and Interface Speed; Performance; Tools; Setting; and the Help tab, in the Tools tab, you can find the followings:

SanDisk SSD Dashboard Main interface
SanDisk SSD Dashboard
  • Firmware Update
  • Erase Drive
  • PSID Revert
  • Drive Details
  • System Details

sandisk ssd sanitize note

This program provides 3 kinds of SSD erasing methods: Secure Erase, Sanitize for general data removing, and the PSID revert method to reset the disk to factory modal when the device is locked or encrypted, the difference will be discussed later.

NOTE: Not all SanDisk SSD support Sanitize. Refer to the SanDisk SSD Dashboard to see if your SanDisk SSD support Sanitize

Supported Operation System: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit)

SanDisk official guide file for more info

Erase Drive

Erase Drive deletes the mapping table on the selected SSD, but it does not erase all blocks that have been written to.

When the SSD is the system drive, a bootable USB Drive formatted to FAT or FAT32 file system is required, then after reboot, you can use sandisk sanitize function from the command prompt

Bootable media: only required when the target drive is the system drive


A slower “Erase” option than the Secure Erase function, it deletes the mapping table and erases all blocks that have been written to

Sanitize takes longer than the Secure Erase method, it also needs a bootable USB to continue if it’s the system drive you’re about to erase

PSID Revert

This function is useful when the drive is locked or needs to be re-purposed, according to the official guides, this function will erase all data and leave the drive in an unformatted state

Again, a bootable media is required if the disk you’re about to wipe is the boot drive or contains the operating system

Security frozen problem

You may face the security frozen issue, to fix which we can do the following:

  • Disconnect and Re-connect the power cable of the SSD
  • Click the Refresh button and click Secure Erase again

If this doesn’t change anything then this drive cannot be erased

Pros and Cons of removing data function


  • Supports Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Able to directly erase Data SSD
  • Able to create bootable media
  • Advanced secure erase: Sanitize


  • Only support its own Brand
  • Non-erasable disks show security frozen error

Samsung Magician Software only supports its own brand too, main features of this program:

Samsung Migration Software
Samsung Magician Software
  • Performance Benchmark
  • Performance Optimization
  • Firmware Update
  • OS Optimization
  • Over Provisioning
  • Secure Erase
  • RAPID Mode
  • Data Security

This migration software has many limitations, you can find them from the official PDF guide

Secure Erase

In order to use the Secure Erase function in this tool, we’ll need to create a bootable media (USB/CD/DVD), when clicking on this function, the creating bootable media options are here for USB drives or CD/DVD options

Bootable media: Required, regardless the drive is the system drive or not

PSID Revert

Can’t find it, only a github page explains how to use commands to perform

Official PDF guide

Pros and Cons about the Secure Erase function


  • Good GUI design
  • A wide range of supported SSD models


  • AHCI or ATA mode must be enabled in the BIOS during PC boot up
  • Bootable media is a must
  • Only support its own brand
  • PSID revert function not available/easy to find

This tool is aimed to make your Crucial SSD faster and always ensure the device performances best with periodic updates, it has the following features:

Micron SSD Management
Crucial Storage Executive
  • Check System Information
  • Check Drive Details
  • Check S.M.A.R.T
  • Firmware Updates
  • Sanitize Drive
  • PSID Revert
  • Momentum Cache
  • FlexCap
  • Over Provisioning
  • Device Self-Test

Two ways of removing data from SSD: Sanitize Drive and physical security ID (PSID) revert

Sanitize Drive

As for the Crucial Storage Executive Sanitize Drive function, this operation cannot be performed on mounted drives and encrypted drive, we have to unmount it before using.

PSID Revert

Removing data from encrypted drives

SATA Controller Modes: AHCI mode (Advanced Host Controller Interface mode, which mode enables hot swapping and Native Command Queuing, or NCQ, also operations at high speed than IDE mode)

OS COMPATIBILITY: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x64) and above

When sanitizing on Windows boot drive, the system reboots while sanitizing on a non-boot drive, no reboot

Unmount a drive in Windows:

  1. Press Win+R and type diskmgmt and press Enter to open Disk Management
  2. Right-click on the target drive and select Offline
Offline disk in Disk Management

And also you can use the Change status to Offline function in Partition Expert

offline disk

Check the official PDF file (Click here will download this pdf file)

Change IDE mode to AHCI mode

BIOS Version 6 or less:

  • Press F10 to boot into BIOS when starting
  • Navigate to the Advanced tab with arrow keys
  • Make Sure SATA Controller item is [Enabled]
  • Then change the option to AHCI with the left arrow key

BIOS Version 7 or greater:

  • Press F10 to open the BIOS setting while booting
  • Navigate to the Storage tab using the Right Arrow key
  • Select Storage Options and press Enter to open it
  • Select AHCI and press Ff10 again to accept changes

Pros and Cons about the Sanitize Drive function:


  • Support Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • No bootable media is required


  • IDE mode is not supported
  • RAID mode not supported