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#1 digitalnemesis

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:24

What's the best way to secure erase an SSD using tools run from a USB stick?



Best Answer Ambroos , 17 July 2014 - 15:50

Parted Magic (free version available here): http://www.majorgeek...rted_magic.html

 

Put it on a USB stick with Unetbootin or Rufus.

 

Simply boot from it, use the erase program on the desktop and select Secure Erase. It'll detect if the SSD supports enhanced secure erase (which it will) and it's done in a few seconds. I've done this a ton of times with my SSDs and it always works without fail.

 

Parted Magic is an excellent tool for any HDD/SSD troubleshooting. Shame it went paid, but the old freeware version still works perfectly on everything I've tested.

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#2 Ambroos

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:50   Best Answer

Parted Magic (free version available here): http://www.majorgeek...rted_magic.html

 

Put it on a USB stick with Unetbootin or Rufus.

 

Simply boot from it, use the erase program on the desktop and select Secure Erase. It'll detect if the SSD supports enhanced secure erase (which it will) and it's done in a few seconds. I've done this a ton of times with my SSDs and it always works without fail.

 

Parted Magic is an excellent tool for any HDD/SSD troubleshooting. Shame it went paid, but the old freeware version still works perfectly on everything I've tested.



#3 OP digitalnemesis

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 17:12

Thanks it worked but I had to select fail safe mode otherwise it hanged at setting up devices.



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