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SSD Secure Erase ?

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Ok so I have a samsung ssd I'm trying to erase as I have set up a new build and not getting the same speeds as before so I'm thinking I need to wipe it back to 100% stock. I have tried using samsungs program to erase it but get that my ssd is in frozen state and cant get it to erase. I have searched up and down with ideas on how to get it to and can not make it work im about to throw it out the window. Does anyone have any idea how I can make this thing erase.
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Try this and see if this helps any:

Secure Erasing

Over time you may notice your SSD's performance degrade or might not feel as snappy as it was from right out of the box. Over time when data is deleted off of your SSD it will not fully erase and leave "garbage data" behind and will make future writes slower, generally lowering performance.

Now if your SSD is enabled in AHCI mode and supports TRIM, then TRIM will over time securing wipe sectors that had data on them but was deleted. TRIM works overtime and usually only when the system is idle. If you have had your SSD for awhile and want it brand new out of the box then doing a full Secure Erase on your SSD all at once would be the best option.

Secure Erasing an SSD will effectively make each sector on the SSD a blank and empty spot just like it was out of the box. If you believe it is time for you to Secure Erase your SSD there are multiple ways you can go about it. My preferred way about Secure Erasing is the Parted Magic program. With Parted Magic you will basically need a blank CD/DVD

Download Link for Parted Magic: http://partedmagic.com/doku.php
Corsairs Parted Magic Guide (will work on any SSD): http://blog.corsair.com/?p=4484

Freeze Lock

If you do decide to use Parted Magic to Secure Erase and are having issues with your SSD being "Freeze Locked" or not showing up then try this:

1. Enable AHCI mode in the UEFI/BIOS and enable Hot Swap on all everything.
2. Unplug EVERYTHING (including the SSD) on your Sata ports but your CD/DVD drive.
3. Load up Parted Magic and when in the main GUI plug your SSD into a normal Sata 2 port.

Basically "Freeze Locking" your SSD will not let it be allowed to be Secure Erased. If the UEFI/BIOS recognizes the SSD as plugged in at boot up then it will lock it. If you plug in the SSD after the computer is on then it will not be locked and it should be able to be Secure Erased normally.
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