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Best method to completely wipe an SSD...

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by rossdorn, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. rossdorn

    rossdorn Member

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    I need to wipe an SSD from a Fujitsu laptop, and then re-install Win7.
    I did that almost a year ago in the hope the installation DVD will wipe everything on it, but then had "things" appear later that were never installed.
    This time I want to take the SSD out and connect it as a separate drive to this desktop, and wipe/format it from there.

    What is the best way to do that?

    I have had a problem with killdisk a few years ago, which literally killed a disk instead of wiping it...

    thank you
     
  2. The Goose

    The Goose Ancient Guru

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    Usually each brand has its own software for doing that function, alternatively re-partitioning the drive should wipe any data
     
  3. rossdorn

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    Thank you
    I will see what brand it is when I take it out, and check that possibility.
    To delete Partitions with the Windows Disk Management will work and really wipe everything?
     
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    Just delete any existing partitions, then make a new one. Format, then you are done.
     
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    Thank you, I will test both methods. So there is no difference between wiping a HDD and an SSD....
     
  7. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Well, there is. Substantially yes.
     
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    Doing a secure wipe is a great way to kill the life of your SSD. ;) All that excessive writes... ugh.
     
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    Mr_ALLroy Ancient Guru

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    Some motherboards have this option right in the BIOS. As far as how it compares to something like Parted Magic is probably a matter of debate. But like Chastity states above, it's probably not worth it unless you're selling or throwing out your SSD.
     
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    I am afraid that is ancient wisdom. Wiping an SSD before clean installing the oS does no real harm. If you do that once a week it will... I am not doing it because it is dirty,
     

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    Thank you, problem is solved, took out the ssd, connected it to this computer, removed partitions, formated it, and installed the 7 ulti again.
     
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    You might want to learn to read read a little better, that nonsense software cannot even be used on SSDs...

    No, the best way seems to remove the SSD and, as chastity suggested, use another computer to remove partitions and format it, takes about 20 seconds.
     
  14. anticupidon

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    Well, the Secure Erase command is a native S-ATA features which wipes the NAND chips.
    Some newer SSD are able to take the Enhanced Secure Erase with some parameters.
    Wiping an SSD like this is not as aggressive as you may think.
     
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    "You might want to learn to read read a little better" OK Bugs Bunny! :rolleyes: Yes it can be used. But you know it all, lolz! Its a program that writes to the drive, doesn't matter what type of drive, you awesome READER YOU YOU!
     

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