Originally Posted by Jcoffin1981
There is no degrade in the write speed, only the read speed, and there has been plenty of idle time for GC to do it's job. According to "Performance Test 7.0," the write speed is 102 MB/s, which is exactly what I got when the drive was new. To be honest I do not think that that is the problem, but how does one go about doing a "secure erase?" My drive did not come with any software.
Could the problem be the native Win 7 AHCI drivers??
I usually use Parted Magic to do a secure erase since I have a USB drive with it on hand. Once you get Parted Magic installed to a USB drive and boot it, go into the start menu, I think it's System, then Erase Disk. Choose the last option that says Internal Secure Erase or something similar. Then select your SSD and perform the function. If it says do you want to do enhanced secure erase, don't, since that won't actually write 0's to the drive, rather a random pattern that was designed to destroy data.
If you get an error where it says your drive is frozen, shut off the computer, unplug the SSD data cable, and start back into Parted Magic. Once at the desktop hot plug the SSD in and then try the secure erase again.