In this KB we will share simple steps to wipe NVMe and M.2 drives using BitRaser Driver Eraser to ensure data protection and prevent any incidence of data breach.
Non-volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a host controller interface that increases data speed of laptop, PCs, and gaming consoles. It is a substitute for the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) standard and the Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) standard. NVMe is a super-fast way (900% faster than AHCI equivalent) to access non-volatile memory. Built on high speed PCIe interface, NVMe is also known as NAND flash memory that comes in several forms including SSDs, PCI express (PCIe) add-in cards, M.2 cards, and U.2 connectors. NVMEs have been specifically designed for SSDs and hence they are fast becoming popular storage choice for laptops, PCs and servers in data center. NVMe-based SSDs work with all major operating systems, irrespective of their form factor.
M-dot-2 or M.2 is the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), a dynamic form factor SSD used in internally mounted storage expansion cards. It endures high data storage in thin, power-constrained devices like Ultrabook laptops and tablets. The size of M.2 SSD is smaller than other mini Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (mSATA), but it can process data at a much faster speed than SATA or SAS SSDs.
Designed for non-volatile storage media, both M.2 and NVMe stand out in computer intensive enterprise, cloud, and edge data ecosystems. Unlike hard drives, the SSDs do not have any moving components. However, their data storage mechanism is innately multifaceted. Only a professional data erasure solution can guarantee secure wiping of these drives with negligible data leakage. A certified data wiping software like BitRaser can seamlessly wipe NVMe and M.2 drives beyond recovery.
Follow the steps below to wipe multiple drives within 15 minutes.
USB flash drive: 2 GB or more to create a bootable media
Desktop/Laptop: To connect the NVMe/M.2 SSD for wiping
Stage 1: Download ISO File
Go to bitrasercloud.com and login with the credentials received post-purchase. Click on the profile icon and then click on 'Download BitRaser Drive ISO'.
Stage 2: Create Bootable USB Drive
The downloaded ISO file needs to be mounted on a USB drive using a free utility that helps create a bootable application. We recommend using Rufus application. You can download the latest version to create a bootable USB drive. Once the download is complete, open Rufus and select the USB media you are using. Click on the ‘Start’ button and press ‘Yes’ to start writing BitRaser ISO image on the USB drive.
Tip: If you have a Mac machine, download the utility - balenaEtcher in order to create a bootable media. Follow our KB on Wiping Mac Devices to learn steps on how to create a bootable USB on a mac device.
Stage 3: Wipe Securely NVMe and M.2 drives
The computer will boot, and the 'BitRaser' Menu will appear. Press Enter to start 'BitRaser Drive Eraser' software.
Congratulations! The desired drives are successfully erased. A tamper-proof data eraser report and certificate will automatically save in your BitRaser Cloud account after the successful accomplishment of the process. You can review or download it by clicking the 'Report' tab.
Hope this KB helped you in understanding NVMe and M.2 SSDs and how to perform secure data erasure using BitRaser Driver Eraser software. You can watch the video representation of the above-mentioned steps to perform secure data wiping of hard drives and SSDs.
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