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Hello,

I was looking to clean off my SSD and HDD's and reinstall Windows.

I know for my HDD Raid I can just reformat them but for SSDs it is better to do some form of secure erase option.

Anyone got any suggestions for a program and how to use it?
    
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Follow OCZ's guide as shown here.

Have fun and good luck
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I have a 4GB USB stick and I have tried that guide before but couldn't get it to work.

Any help/tips to make it bootable and work?
    
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Got a DVD drive? You could probably use SystemRescueCD to do it.

https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase

I had to hot-plug my SATA data cable to secure-erase my SSD.
     
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Seems so much harder than HDD reformatting
    
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twisterman View Post
I have a 4GB USB stick and I have tried that guide before but couldn't get it to work.

Any help/tips to make it bootable and work?
Has too be done with a 2gb drive formatted in fat 32.


It actually looks easier with parted magic.There is also a hdd erase iso kicking around for a bootable cd.http://www.markc.me.uk/MarkC/Blog/En...ng_an_SSD.html

Best too keep the ssd unplugged until you start the application.
Edited by djsi38t - 6/14/11 at 6:44pm
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I was told that I should secure erase an SSD if I reinstall windows because they lose performance if you don't.

Is this true? Just seems like quite a bit of work but I am willing to work on it to save some performance.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Twisterman View Post
I was told that I should secure erase an SSD if I reinstall windows because they lose performance if you don't.

Is this true? Just seems like quite a bit of work but I am willing to work on it to save some performance.
Yes it is absolutely necessary too run secure erase on sandforce based ssd's before re installing windows.
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Ok I have made some progress.

I took my USB Flash drive and followed the instructions here fully:

http://blog.corsair.com/?p=2619

Now I am at the screen where it says:

MemTest86
FreeDOS Base Image (Dos Alternative)

I added my partedmagic.ISO to my USB stick but can't seem to figure out how to open it.

Any Suggestions?
    
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Ok!

I am in parted magic right now typing this. However, When I am going to Secure Erase it says my C300 is set to a locked security state...

What should I do now?
    
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