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Need help Secure erasing my Intel SSD

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Hey Guys and gals.

I ran into a bit problem when i wanted to secure erase my "new" intel 510 SSD 120GB to restore lost performance. The reason why i need to secure erase is that i havn't read much upon SSD before i started to reformat it countless of times to install Snow Leopard on it. I must have written ALOT of data on it and i noticed it isnt getting optimal performance in OSX. Aboutish 200mb/s read highest.

I decided to secure erase it and i went to my Windows 7 installation which is on a my storage HDD. I downloaded Intels Toolbox and no problem.
The SSD is being detected despite it being a GTP partition which windows 7 wont recoginize. The problem is that when i go into management tools and it says that the drive is not supported. I read on the net that i may have to update its firmware so i went ahead and burned the update tool ISO to a CD and booted from it. HOWEVER it says that the SSD is disabled or not found. I later read on the net that i have to change SATA mode to legacy (Which is IDE i believe) and so i did.
This time it tells me a P/MODE Abort:00 Error along with other kinds of information. When i try doing the same thing a second time it tells me Divide Error. I then stumbled upon that the intel SSD update tool may have problem with the marvell controller on some ASUS motherboards (I have a sabertooth p67) and that using a USB will probably solve it.
I created a DOS Bootable USB Drive and moved the iSSDFUT.exe that is in the Intel firmware update ISO to the USB drive. Booted from the USB Drive in both legacy mode and AHCI mode. Legacy mode would tell me a Divide overflow error and AHCI no SSD found. I just finished burning ULTIMATE BOOT CD 5.0.3 with HDD ERASE on a USB stick to see how it works out. Anyone mind highlight what may be the problem?

EDIT: Using Ultimate Boot CD wont work it seems. Below the header where the Harddrives are supposed to be listed is empty. My normal storage HDD wont even be seen. I'm now gonna try using Gparted live CD.
Edited by Poweredbysushi - 5/20/11 at 7:36am
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post #2 of 5
Just to Clarify...you are attempting to use "Secure Erase" function on your ssd? Which is what you want to do. Have you tried wiping it yet with any other program?

you may have locked the drive if it did not complete.
post #3 of 5
Have you tried CCleaner's Drive wiper, with secure deletion on?
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hey. I'm trying to do a secure erase to restore lost performance on my SSD. I havnt tried with any other programs except for HDDERASE 4.0 and Intel toolbox.

I have not tried CCleaners Drive Wiper.

I just came back from the gparted and i managed to format my SSD to NTFS as i couldnt perform a secure erase within gparted. However, i'm booted in my windows 7 installation now and it can see my SSD now since its NTFS now. Intels toolbox display its secure erase function cannot be run on this drive because its a bootable SSD or an SSD with a partition ?
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post #5 of 5
Any resolution to this?

I would also like to secure erase my Intel 510 but it currently is my boot drive.
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