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Default How can I delete contents of SSD? - 11-21-2009, 09:16 PM

I have 8GB SSD original from Dell (two actually) They sized up while trying to use the 3 set discs from Dell GHOST COPY.Dell has now called me 2 times wanting me to send these back,They I'm sure have alot of personal info including credit card numbers which I really dont trust sending them back with this info.
Is there a way they can be erased formatted? External SSD Usb is only 20 bucks If I got one of these is there a program that could format the SSD??
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Default 11-21-2009, 09:39 PM

The ideal way to completely erase a SSD would be to directly connect to it (not USB), then use a low-level utility, like "hdparm", to issue a ATA "Security Erase" command.

If you can't directly connect to the drive, or it doesn't support the erasure command, then in any non-Windows OS, you can use a terminal command like the following to mostly* fill the drive with zeroes: "sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/xxx" (/dev/xxx will have to be set to the device that represents the SSD)

But if the drive "seized" up, software erasure may be impossible.


* I say mostly because SSD controllers shuffle data around into inaccessible areas. A naive wipe will leave data in the inaccessible areas. But a serious effort could render the inaccessible data accessible.


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Default 11-22-2009, 12:47 PM

Big, Fat, Magnet


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Default 11-22-2009, 01:17 PM

Magnet on SSD? u sure?
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Default 11-22-2009, 02:05 PM

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Magnet on SSD? u sure?
He said "big". I'm thinking a MRI machine should do the trick.


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Default 11-22-2009, 03:09 PM

Microwave oven?

If you're sending the disk back, just download DBAN and install it to a USB flash key, then boot it. Tell it to do a single-pass zero of the SSD and you're done.


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