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Secure erase for OCZ Solid 3

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Ive had this ssd for a couple of months now, used it in my old system and loved it. I need to do a secure erase on it for my new build and cant figure it out. OCZ's toolbox, latest version, gives me cant erase, drive frozen and HDDerase refuses to work. Running windows7 ultimate 64. Can anybody help please! Forgive me I'm a newbe.

Thanks for your help! I have given up. Tried everything and now my rig has given up on it also. RMA is on the way!
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How to: Secure Erase Your SSD! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is how to secure a SSD with parted magic. Hopefully this will help out people who have never done it before and can get a little boost in performance after a few months of heavy use.

Secure Erase:
  1. Download parted magic and make a bootable CD or USB: Parted Magic
  2. Once bootable load it and select option 1 (default settings)
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  3. Once booted, at the main screen got to Start > System Tools > Erase Disk
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  4. Now select the "Internal:Secure Erase command writes zeroes to entire data area" option which will write zeroes to your entire data area" option
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  5. Select the disk that you want to secure erase
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  6. If you get a message stating that your SSD drive is "frozen," click the Sleep button to put your PC to sleep, then wake up your system and start over from Step 3. If you don't get this message, move on to Step 7.
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  7. Some drives indicate that they have a password requirement. Leave the password as "NULL" and click OK.
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  8. Now a verify window will pop up, select "Yes" to continue.
    Note: If it prompts you to use the "enhanced" or "advanced" method do not use it, click no, it can write random data, and there is also the possibility that it may access parts of the drive that it shouldn't!
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  9. This shouldn't take long on your SSD, most likely only a few seconds. Now you are done.
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    Freeze Locked:
    If your SSD is being "Freeze Locked" or not showing up then try this:
    You will get an option to put the PC to sleep, try that first then try to Secure Erase again, if that doesn't work try below:
    1. Reboot
    2. Enable AHCI mode in the UEFI/BIOS and "hot swap" on the SATA ports
    3. Save & exit
    4. Turn off the computer
    5. Unplug EVERYTHING on your SATA ports except for your CD/DVD drive
    6. Turn on and boot to Parted Magic
    7. When in the main GUI plug your SSD into a normal SATA 2 port
      Note: 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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On step number 9 for unlocking the frozen drive, unplug the power connector to the ssd for 10 seconds then reconnect.

This is what OCZ told me to do and it worked just fine for the multiple secure erases I had to do on my Vertex 3.
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