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Windows 7: Software to erase SSD


21 Nov 2011   #1

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Software to erase SSD

Hi there,

looking for some advice, can anyone recommend software that will erase a SSD, need it to fully erase and not a low level format.

Interested to know what success people have had with what software, if there are any open source softwares that do this job.

Thanks in advance Jay


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21 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

I've used Parted Magic (freeware) to do a secure erase & return performance to the SSD.

Runs at boot up. Corsair recommend doing it this way. Takes under 5 minutes.
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21 Nov 2011   #3

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

The clean all command in DISKPART is more than sufficient to securely wipe an SSD - see method 2 here:

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Regards,
Golden
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21 Nov 2011   #4

windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

couple of Q's

Hipster.... a friend had apparent probs using this? would not erase the SSD which is OCZ SSD

Golden.... is your way just a simple format, can data be recovered by using this method?

Thanks for your help ;-)
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21 Nov 2011   #5

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Hi,

This is quoted from the tutorial:

Quote:
A secure erase or more commonly referred to as a wipe is a way to over-write all existing data on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) / Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least one set of binary zeroes ( 0 ) or ones ( 1 ) so the data cannot be retrieved.
Regards,
Golden
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21 Nov 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

This is quoted from the tutorial:

Quote:
A secure erase or more commonly referred to as a wipe is a way to over-write all existing data on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) / Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least one set of binary zeroes ( 0 ) or ones ( 1 ) so the data cannot be retrieved.
Regards,
Golden

Sorry should of gone to spec savers loool... thanks
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21 Nov 2011   #7

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No worries
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21 Nov 2011   #8

windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I wandered where my glasses had gone... oi!
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21 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You might want to check this tutorial: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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21 Nov 2011   #10

windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

cheers seavixen, if that method is just as effective as using parted magic and erases and brings full performance back to the SSD then I will use that method
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