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So I am selling my SSD and need to wipe it to be on the safe side.

What should be used?

I'm thinking zeroing it out won't be any good
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post #2 of 9
nuke it, there programs out for it
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HDDErase or Linux point and click ATA Secure Erase

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/898030-...l#post11775889
    
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post #4 of 9
A microwave will clean it nicely.
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post #5 of 9
7 Passes damage the SSD. You can always try this though (it helps performance).

1. Download GParted
2. Burn to CD or USB
3. Start it up, press enter on all the options
4. After it launches click terminal.
5. Type sudo su and hit enter
6. Type hdparm --user-master u --security-set-pass Eins /dev/x replace x with which drive it is (if your SSD is the primary, chances are it will be /dev/sda) and hit enter.
7. Type time hdparm --user-master u --security-erase Eins /dev/x (replace x with the drive once again).

Let it finish, and you should be all set.
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post #6 of 9
I might be talking out of my ass here, but I thought that because SSD's don't use platters, data is rather unrecoverable, so only 1 full pass is needed and thats all.
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post #7 of 9
Re-installing Windows is about the only time I'll be re-formatting.
I just use software to keep my drive clean.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post
I might be talking out of my ass here, but I thought that because SSD's don't use platters, data is rather unrecoverable, so only 1 full pass is needed and thats all.
If you write zeroes or ones to an SSD the other data will still be on the SSD assuming no TRIM or GC has taken place.
    
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*delete*
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