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I was just wondering what programs you guys ran to securely erase your SSD before RMA/selling

After reading this:
http://gizmodo.com/5489933/leave-no-...d-thumb-drives

I'm currently running Sdelete from microsoft in windows, do you think this will be sufficient?
post #2 of 16
I always use Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) when erasing any disk drive.

but it is not fast by any means.
post #3 of 16
Active Kill Disc is pretty wicked.

I'm not sure if Eraser works with SSD, but I use that for platter drives. It has multiple methods of erasing, a scheduler, etc.
Edited by _02 - 10/21/11 at 11:45am
    
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securely erase
Define secure; do you just want to zero-fill the drive, or utilize a much more robust method of wiping?
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Active Kill Disc is pretty wicked.

I'm not sure if Eraser works with SSD, but I use that for platter drives. It has multiple methods of erasing, a scheduler, etc.
I LoL'd when I Read this on the AKD Main page.

"3 Wipes out all unused space on existing drives, not touching existing data."

why on earth would someone need to do that?(Sarcasm) lol

http://www.killdisk.com/
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I LoL'd when I Read this on the AKD Main page.

"3 Wipes out all unused space on existing drives, not touching existing data."

why on earth would someone need to do that?(Sarcasm) lol
Say you wish to sell a machine with an intact OS, but don't want any remnants of your tax records directory left over. Even CCleaner has an option to wipe unused space.

Be warned with Kill Disc on some of the options - it will erase every drive it can see if set to do so!
    
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Say you wish to sell a machine with an intact OS, but don't want any remnants of your tax records directory left over. Even CCleaner has an option to wipe unused space.

Be warned with Kill Disc on some of the options - it will erase every drive it can see if set to do so!
While that is an example...I find that highly unlikely.

If you are installing applications that do taxes...you paid for that software...why would you put it on a computer you are going to sell?...If you are doing taxes on this machine...chances are you have already *****d it up with other personal stuff...you should really reformat that with a fresh install.

Otherwise you are doing a great disservice to the customer who is receiving said box.

Sorry for being semi-asinine, but the example is of poor quality.

I do like the other options of this software, I was just stating its pretty funny how it specially mentions that functionality on the front page within the first 5 features.

Plus Free is great -_-
post #8 of 16
Active killdisk
It will take about an hour n half but you can have a few passes to secure it even further,

You can use other software but some will and take days to scrub a drive thoroughly,

Also be cautious because some programs need exclusive access to the drive and if you stop them half way through you could lose access to the drive as it will lock it,

So be pre-cautious what program you use,
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Say you wish to sell a machine with an intact OS, but don't want any remnants of your tax records directory left over. Even CCleaner has an option to wipe unused space.

Be warned with Kill Disc on some of the options - it will erase every drive it can see if set to do so!
It would talke an electron microscope, a large dataset, and complex probability algorithms to even attempt to recover data from a zero written drive.


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You can use other software but some will and take days to scrub a drive thoroughly,
Why would it take days?
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/21/11 at 12:05pm
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Actually, simply zeroing a drive leaves sufficient traces of old data to allow some measure of recovery to people with the right tools. This is why secure erasing over-writes the drive at least once before zeroing it to ensure any recoverable traces are of junk and not your secure data.

Edit: For the easy way to do it, just make 20 folders, fill it with junk you downloaded from the net (Linux ISOs are great for that) and then zero the drive. Over-write your data with new data to minimise the chances of naughty people getting a hold of it.
Edited by allikat - 10/21/11 at 12:05pm
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