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I am going to sell my 80gb Gen2 ssd to a friend but I want to format it and make it like new before he gets it. What software should I use and how do I use it? Thanks in advanced!
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Secure Erase method
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Like this:

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.

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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Thanks Sean! That is a lot more complicated then I expected. Wouldnt Intel toolbox be able to give me the same result?
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How it is complicated? It is 9 quick steps and takes like 5 mins. lol

I forgot about that the intel tool box. If you can plug the drive in as a slave drive you can use the toolbox fine.
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Are you concerned about your "friend" going all CSI on the SSD? Just format it within windows and call it a day.
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download dban..burn it to a disk ..run dban wheee.gif: then go to work/school or work out in the yard for a few hours :lachen.gif:

really..if your friend isn't going to CSI the drive..why not just format and be done?
OIC ..he wants to zero it out so it's like new..makes sense..w00h00 dban! (it take you long time)
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How it is complicated? It is 9 quick steps and takes like 5 mins. lol
I forgot about that the intel tool box. If you can plug the drive in as a slave drive you can use the toolbox fine.

I guess the fact that I have to make a bootable cd when I have access to intel toolbox makes it a little more complicated.
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download dban..burn it to a disk ..run dban wheee.gif: then go to work/school or work out in the yard for a few hours :lachen.gif:
really..if your friend isn't going to CSI the drive..why not just format and be done?
OIC ..he wants to zero it out so it's like new..makes sense..w00h00 dban! (it takey long time)

Not worried about that stuff just wanted to make the drive like new.
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

download dban..burn it to a disk ..run dban wheee.gif: then go to work/school or work out in the yard for a few hours :lachen.gif:

really..if your friend isn't going to CSI the drive..why not just format and be done?
OIC ..he wants to zero it out so it's like new..makes sense..w00h00 dban! (it take you long time)

Dude, DBAN does absolutely nothing to erase data from a SSD, all it does is wear the drive. If you want to erase data from a SSD you Secure Erase it. Secure erase simply tells the SSD controller to issue a command that applies a voltage spike at a specific voltage to all of the NAND simultaneously, thus cleaning the NAND. This in turn resets all the NAND cells on the SSD and leaves the drive erased. And the good part is that it only takes a few seconds. wink.gif
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1050GB Crucial MX300 1050GB Crucial MX300 960GB OCZ RD400 1TB Micron M600 
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1TB WD Blue Noctua NH-U12S Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit BenQ GW2765HT 
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Mouse
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