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How to Secure Erase your SSD 1 year 7 months ago #32

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At times it may be necessary to secure erase your SSD, for example if you are going to reinstall the O/S.
There are a number of utilities that are capable of doing a secure erase, one of the easier utilities to use is Parted Magic.

Download Parted Magic from here
Burn the ISO to a CD/DVD or put it on a USB flash drive. (follow the "creating the liveUSB" on Parted Magic's site)

Boot to Parted Magic, once on the desktop,click the icon in the bottom left corner -> system tools -> erase disk

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Once the erase disk utility opens choose Internal:secure erase...

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Then choose the drive you want to erase.
(I recommend having only one drive online so that there is no chance of erasing the wrong drive)

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Then you should see the following

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Finally a final warning dialog.

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The secure erase should only take a few seconds to complete.

If the utility tells you that the drive is frozen that means that the BIOS will not allow the secure erase command to be sent to the drive.

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To unfreeze, close the secure erase utility, unplug the drive, wait a minute, reconnect the drive and try the secure erase utility again.
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How to Secure Erase your SSD 1 year 6 months ago #191

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to unfreeze the drive during secure erase attempt, you can also put the computer to sleep mode and wake it up, it usually will be unfrozen already. no need to unplug the drive on live system.
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How about the Mushkin Ventura Ultra? 10 months 2 weeks ago #1829

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How about the Mushkin Ventura Ultra? (It has a SSD chip, but hdparm says about enhanced erase "not supported").
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How to Secure Erase your SSD 8 months 3 weeks ago #1990

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Probably the only way to unfreeze the drive is going to be to hot plug it.
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How to Secure Erase your SSD 8 months 3 weeks ago #2008

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A few questions before I get into trouble. I outgrew my Chronos 120 SSD and want to format or secure wipe it so I can use it as a 2nd or 3rd drive to use for my games only. Can I connect it to an external enclosure or an external hard drive adapter to do this or must it be connected to the mainboard SATA connector?
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How to Secure Erase your SSD 8 months 3 weeks ago #2011

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I would do it on an internal SATA port, but I have an inherent mistrust of external adapters.
If the external connects via eSATA it should be no problem, if USB it can be problematic, depending on the USB chipset used.

If you are just going to format, the easiest would be to connect the drive as a secondary on an internal SATA port and then repartition/format it in disk management.
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