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Heard that SSDs will loose their performance through times... and formatting the SSD doesnt help gaining the performance back... so secure erase is the only way to get the speed back... but i'm just wondering if doing many secure erases will damage the ssd?? I just got a ssd from the egg few days ago.. and planning to do a secure erase once a month or two months to maintain performance... but i'm just worry about damaging it..

One more question.. what's the best way to secure erase a ssd?? what software do you guys prefer? thx
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Well my SSD haven't lost any performance, and I don't "secure erases"!
And I have killed an SSD by doing a secure erase!
So I won't do that again
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Well my SSD haven't lost any performance, and I don't "secure erases"!
And I have killed an SSD by doing a secure erase!
So I won't do that again
wow rly... what software did u use to secure erase your ssd??
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wow rly... what software did u use to secure erase your ssd??
It was with the Intel Tool box

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As long as it only does one pass on the ssd I can't see it doing any harm to the ssd but if the software does multiple passes then it is going to add unnecessary wear to the drive.

What's the point of a ssd if you are going to worry that much about maintaining "performance". Sounds to me like you are going to spend more time worrying about the drive and reformatting it than it would ever save you by being faster than a regular drive...

If the drive supports TRIM then Windows 7 should keep it healthy on its own.
    
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Heard that SSDs will loose their performance through times... and formatting the SSD doesnt help gaining the performance back... so secure erase is the only way to get the speed back... but i'm just wondering if doing many secure erases will damage the ssd?? I just got a ssd from the egg few days ago.. and planning to do a secure erase once a month or two months to maintain performance... but i'm just worry about damaging it..

One more question.. what's the best way to secure erase a ssd?? what software do you guys prefer? thx
You have a Vertex 3.... it cleans itself. There is no need to secure erase it monthly.
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Thx for all the replies so far... Yea maybe i'm just worrying a bit too much... I'll still do secure erase, but it will probably once a year? (depending on the performance)... what software do you guys suggest for secure erase?
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You have a Vertex 3.... it cleans itself. There is no need to secure erase it monthly.
It's like a cat, but in the case of the Vertex 3, an epileptic cat considering the current issues.
    
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I've used pmagic to secure erase probably 6 times or so over the last couple years, it does bring back the original performance & haven't seen any ill effects.
I frequently use them for XP & in raid with win 7 so do lose performance with time.
    
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I would only do it when you reinstall Windows, or every 6 months, whichever is more frequent, but no more than once every 3-4 months. Every month or two is overkill IMHO.

As for software, I tried the utility that comes with Parted Magic but had problems. Either the window went away immediately (and I found it didn't work when I went to install), or it would just stay there and not go away. I then tried HDDerase and that worked fine. You just need a DOS bootable USB flash or floppy since it's a DOS command-line tool.
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