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Completely erase an SSD?

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March 11, 2011 10:54:51 AM

Just wanted to know if theres a sure way I can completely eradicate all the info on an ssd ..I'll be taking this one back to the store...i wanna know if I can erase, or restore it so there's no data! Please help me out...I gotta do this today

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a c 289 G Storage
March 11, 2011 12:44:00 PM

A "Secure Erase" command was added to the SATA command set. You need to get a utility that will send it to the drive. Take a look here: https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase, or Google SSD SECURE ERASE.

Tom's Hardware uses this between passes of SSD testing to reset the drives to a completely unused state.
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March 11, 2011 12:50:08 PM

Thanks alot! I'm gonna check it out
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March 11, 2011 7:40:13 PM

Also, some vendors have their own toolbox / application (like Intel and OCZ) that have a Secure Erase feature built into the application. It is the easiest way to do so with those apps.

Also, HDDErase is another very well known / used application for a secure erase on a SSD or hard drive.
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March 12, 2011 2:42:51 AM

toolbox? im using an ocz ...what is a definite way to erase that particular ssd
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