And, with 20/20 hindsight, I now recall that we did a secure-erase of our older Intel SSDs
because we were trying to isolate a very serious, intermittent problem that was corrupting
our drive image files being written by an older, working version of Symantec GHOST.
I remember now the sequence: one experiment involved flashing the latest motherboard BIOS.
When we re-booted with the latest motherboard BIOS, a new default enabled the long DRAM test,
and during POST the counter STOPPED before reaching the DRAM total installed in that PC.
This proved that we had a failed DRAM stick, and the vendor mailed us a check for the
original retail amount (because that DDR2 was no longer being manufactured by that vendor).
We installed some new G.SKILL DDR2, and our problem was solved!
So, in the end, our older Intel SSDs really did NOT need to be secure-erased, after all.
I was frankly to blame for not considering a failed DRAM stick much earlier during trouble-shooting.
Last edited by MRFS; 01-14-2020 at 05:24 PM.