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Safe to run DBAN on an SSD?

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So I am going to sell my 2 Crucial M4's and my WD Hard Drive, and I know you can wipe HDD's with DBAN very efficiently, but I am not sure about SSD's. Would it be safe to wipe my SSD's with DBAN? I'm asking because someone told me I could risk ruining them if I do.

Also, would wiping an SSD with Dban (I usually do the 3 cycle wipe, I forgot what it was called) be enough to prevent my data from being recovered?
post #2 of 12
No, dban is not for ssd, use secure erase, it only takes seconds compared to dban which takes hours
post #3 of 12
Secure erase is like a mini non-evil EMP. Makes your SSD like new with zero recoverable data.
post #4 of 12
No, DBAN will not necessarily erase what you want, and you are just wasting write cycles.

Neither an operating system or a program like DBAN can tell the SSD controller what do to, the SSD controller has a mind of its own because it needs to manage wear levelling on the cells. So when you tell it to write random data to a certain place, the most likely thing to happen is that it will place that data in another place.

Use the secure erase feature that most modern SSD's support.

Head over to the SSD section and look up Sean Webster's SSD guides.
 
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Talk to Sean Webster..He can instruct you how to secure-erase an ssd in a few seconds..versus running DBAN.For hours.For no reason.Like I did :doh.gif:
 
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What about the hard drive? Should I just use DBAN on that? It's a 500GB WD drive.

And regarding secure erase, it won't brick the SSD's right?
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post

What about the hard drive? Should I just use DBAN on that? It's a 500GB WD drive.

And regarding secure erase, it won't brick the SSD's right?

There is no risk using secure erase on ssd. Secure erase won't work on hdd, use dban on that.
post #8 of 12
Not sure if Crucial has a secure erase utility like Intel does but I would download G-parted.... Burn it to a CD or Flash drive It has a secure erase program. I have used DBAN for years on standard HDD's but it's not for SSD's as others have said
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Thanks for the info guys. Now, how can I stop DBAN while it is running? I can't seem to find the option to do that. Would it be safe to just turn the PC off? Again, don't want to brick my drives.
Edited by ComradeNF - 3/18/12 at 8:24pm
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https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase I found this..
I remember Sean mentioned gparted.
 
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