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Will it hurt it? I mean its flash memory, so I would assume so, but I would just like to confirm.
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No.
Any reason? Just curious.
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What do you mean by "Will it hurt it"?

And why do you want to run a zero pass on NAND?
     
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What do you mean by "Will it hurt it"?

And why do you want to run a zero pass on NAND?
Doing a DBAN Zero Pass on an SSD hurts it by writing to the drive. If that is the case, why doesn't it hurt a USB flash drive?
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Yes, a Zero pass hurts it - and it leaves it in a state where every NAND cell is full of data. (Unless, in the case of SSDs, some of the unprovisioned space gets allocated - but then you may not have zeroed everything on the NAND...)

A secure erase is the only way to guarantee all data is wiped from a NAND device. (And unlike zeroing, it doesn't hurt it - the NAND would have to be erased anyway the next time something wanted to be written... )
     
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Kramy, you actually cannot guarantee that!
http://www.tested.com/news/solid-sta...d-drives/1876/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cdolphin View Post
Kramy, you actually cannot guarantee that!
http://www.tested.com/news/solid-sta...d-drives/1876/
Hmm... it makes no mention of which models don't process the commands properly.

I issued a Secure Erase command to my old Indilinx SSD, and it wiped out everything. Even the SMART data was gone.

I'm quite interested in finding out which SSDs don't handle it properly, but I couldn't find any model numbers in the whitepaper? It seems to have been anonymized.
     
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