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I know what they are saying. I had a ***** of a time trying to get my SSD to Secure Erase. It took me a few days to get it and a good 20 reboots. I finally got Parted Magic to allow me to do so, but only after tons of errors and other nonsense. Part of it was because the drive was set to "active", among other things.

The worst thing is, the first time I tried to do the Secure Erase, I thought it went through because I got no errors, nothing. The only thing that gave me pause is that I wanted to see all those blocks of 00's for myself, so I checked the drive with a hex editor. That is when I found it did not secure erase like it was supposed to. There was data left, and a whole lot of it. Nothing more than the partition table had been destroyed.
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truecrypt containers or encrypt the whole drive.
i'm not sure about the secure resale value for a refurbished ssd.
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uh oh indeed...
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I will take any SSDs anyone does not want FYI.

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Give me a large Quiznos chipotle prime rib sandwich and a hammer and I'll make sure your data is irretrievable.
Carbonara, thank you.
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1. Attach Big arse magnet to SSD.
2. ?????
3. Profit.
    
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For home users, it's not a problem - but I can see this being a very, very big issue in Enterprise, where machines are leased for a period of time, then returned. We already have a substantial problem with sensitive data being dumped in Indonesia, from corporate and government machines. Not being able to actually erase an SSD can be a very real problem, one that we would have to pay for because the SSD would have to be replaced (or removal paid for) when the machines are returned.

So for single users, not a big problem - but it would be a real nightmare in an organization that is swapping out thousands of machines every year. Not that they are liable to be using SSDs anyways, but it could be a problem if low capacity SSDs replace HDDs in thin clients or on systems where the drive is a scratch drive for a Citrix backbone.
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1. Use blow torch until flash chips become molten.
2. ?????
3. Profit.
    
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1. Attach Big arse magnet to SSD.
2. ?????
3. Profit.
Profit might be frittered on the hydro and LHe needed for the 3 Tesla magnet, and I don't think that can erase an SSD (though it would lock the bearings in an HDD so it would never spin again).

Perhaps some giant Tesla coil, and just fry the beast. But I think the problem will be something in Enterprise, where there is too much chance of a drive being missed, or simply pocketed, with important information that could be used for nefarious purposes.
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1. Attach Big arse magnet to SSD.
2. ?????
3. Profit.
Wouldn't harm the SSD. No magnetic part at all.

Brute force or extreme heat will do though.
    
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