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Secure Erasing an Intel SSD Without Intel Toolbox?

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Hello everyone,

Firstly, I am aware the latest Intel Toolboxes do offer a method to secure erase a secondary Intel SSD drive - it's just that it doesn't seem to be wanting to work for me.

I tried removing the volume / partition but the toolbox says my drive is unsupported (an Intel X-25M G2 160GB) when it should be. I tried connecting the drive to both controllers on my board and neither allow a secure erase (don't even see any warning yet about ATA security, mind you). I also unplugged any other HDD in the system to just my main drive and the secondary Intel but it still does not allow me to erase it.

I am not going to be restoring an image to this drive and instead, installing a minimal copy of Windows and so forth for company use.

Some people have suggested to use HDDErase but many also say it does not work properly with SSDs.

Should I just make a new partition via Windows 7's install disc and let TRIM and the fresh install take care of the data originally on the drive or is there something I can use to completely erase the data? If I reinstall SSD Toolbox and do a drive optimization, it would still overwite the rest of the data anyway, right?

It is important that the previous data be destroyed in full.

Thanks for any help!
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I just recently used 'Parted Magic' and the 'erase disk' utility to zero-fill a couple of my hard drives. I have no idea how it will work with SSDs but its worth a shot. Download the Ultimate Boot CD and run parted magic from the menu. It will boot a (very small) linux distro with a bunch of low-level system tools. One of them will be a disk eraser. It gives you several options on how to zero-fill the drive.
Good luck and hope that works!
    
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I was about to say "oh, duh!" I do have UBCD4WIN laying around here and have used it to wipe drives before. Was just not sure how it'd work with SSDs. Even if it had to re-write every part of the NAND, chances are that any other tool would end up doing the same way in some regard anyway. Will give it a shot, thanks.
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