Why PCIe SSDs Need Erasure?

Why PCIe SSDs Need Erasure?

With the advent of the faster PCIe SSD era, storage devices have ushered in a new wave of high-speed experiences, allowing more companies to choose M.2 NVMe SSDs as one of their data storage devices. PCIe SSDs can be damaged by environmental changes, impacts and data corruption. After years of 24/7 use, they will gradually become old and damaged. It is necessary to replace SSD hard drives with new ones for data transfer and backup.



There are clear regulations in many countries that require companies to protect user data properly, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 (CCPA) and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which may result in penalties or lawsuits if hard drive data is leaked or not disposed of properly. There are many ways to erase a hard drive, including physical destruction, degaussing, and erasing, and the erasing part can be divided into the use of computer software and wiping machines. The former may have the risk of poisoning the connected computer, while the latter is a stand-alone machine, which is relatively easy to operate and avoid the risk of poisoning and data leakage




UReach PE600 eraser supports 24GB per minute wiping speed, certified by SGS Switzerland, and can wipe 6 devices at a time. It has 12-country wipe standards, including:


  1. Quick Erase: Erase only the index table of the hard drive. The erasure time is short, and the security level is low.
  2. Full Erase: Overwrite 00 to erase the entire hard drive, including blank areas.
  3. DoD Erase: Erasing 3 times, in line with the US DoD5220.22 standard. The data cannot be rescued.
  4. Secure Erase: Drive the hard drive itself to wipe all data. The data cannot be rescued.
  5. Enhanced Secure Erase: Advanced version of secure erase. The data cannot be rescued.
  6. 7-Pass Erase: The erasure time is long, and the data cannot be rescued after 7 overwrites are performed according to the U.S. Department of Defense 5220.22 standard.
  7. CSEC Erase: Comply with Canadian CSEC standard to perform three bit-to-bit overwrites and the data cannot be rescued.
  8. HMG Erase: Comply with the British HMG standard to perform 3 overwrites and the data cannot be rescued.
  9. VSITR Erase: According to the German VSITR standard, the data cannot be rescued by erasing three times of overwriting.
  10. NSA Erase: Comply with NSA-130-2 wipe standard in the U.S. After 3 overwrites are performed, the data cannot be rescued.
  11. China BMB21-2007 Erase: Comply with the BMB21-2007 standard to perform 6 overwrites and the data cannot be rescued.
  12. U.S. AR380-19 Erase: Comply with U.S. Army AR380-19 standard. After three complete wipes are performed, the data cannot be rescued.


The number of overwrites can also be customized to meet the standards of corporates. Multi-interface erasure (such as U.2, NGFF, mSATA, etc.) can be supported through the adapter boards, and the log report can provide easier access for auditors of corporate entities.



The Secure Erase mode, which complies with the NIST-800-88 standard and is the most popular on the market, takes only a few seconds to wipe an SSD (transfer speeds may vary depending on the device), while the Secure Erase speed is slower for traditional mechanical hard drives. Secure Erase is the process of wiping the LBA (Logical Block Address) of a hard drive so that its data cannot be recovered. During the wiping process, if disconnected or unplugged, the drive will automatically lock to protect the data on the device from being leaked. It is important to note that the hard drive itself must support this command to perform a secure erase.


It is believed that the proportion of PCIe SSDs in enterprise data centers will gradually increase in the future. With the enterprises' awareness of information security rising, the UReach PCIe series eraser may be an indispensable assistant for corporates.

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