Dell Mini 9 Discussion Discussion on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.

Thread Tools Display Modes
  (#1) Old
Sandee Sandee is offline
Junior Member
Sandee's Avatar
Posts: 2
Join Date: Dec 2009
Default Wiping and formatting SSD (hard drive) - 12-01-2009, 09:34 AM

I just sold my stock STEC 8GB SSD drive from my Dell mini 9.

How do I completely wipe and format the drive.

Do I just load "Windows boot disk files" to a USB drive and initiate the format from this utility?
Reply With Quote
  (#2) Old
Psygnosis Psygnosis is offline
Posts: 42
Join Date: May 2009
Default 12-01-2009, 04:48 PM

dban boot disk, one pass is fine, anymore and you're just being spiteful and wearing out the SSD

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

Dell Mini 9:
64gb SuperTalent Double Wide | 2gb RAM | eBay bluetooth | Windows 7
Reply With Quote
  (#3) Old
Mad Mux Mad Mux is offline
Junior Member
Posts: 21
Join Date: Oct 2009
Default 12-01-2009, 08:39 PM

I've tried DBAN a few times on the stec 8 GB SSDs (not that I've got anything to hide of course!) and found that it wiped exactly half, and then stopped with an error message, i.e. it only wiped half the ssd. I think the original question is more about installing Windows on a new or wiped ssd. I do that with an external USB CD drive, with the XP installation disk from Dell. This will first format a new drive if it is unformatted. I think you can copy the files to a USB flash drive instead, but have not tried that.
Reply With Quote
  (#4) Old
drewid drewid is offline
Junior Member
Posts: 7
Join Date: Oct 2009
Default 12-03-2009, 04:18 PM

As I understand it, when the disc is formatted during the reinstall of the operating system, all the data on it is lost; so wiping it is not required (unless you perhaps wanted to sell the ssd or pass it on; a wipe would make the data really gone).

Is anybody out there "aligning the partition" on the ssds? This supposedly increases its life span and speed. And is it really worth the trouble? I would try it if I had a guide that walked me thru it. As a beginner, I find the online guides (OCZ forum) too vague, complicated, and not specific for my mini. Maybe someone would put together a walkthru for us.
Reply With Quote
  (#5) Old
holmes4 holmes4 is offline
holmes4's Avatar
Posts: 6,157
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Default 12-03-2009, 04:25 PM

Formatting does not actually erase the data blocks - it resets the partition table, but there are tools that can read the "free" blocks and extract the data. There is a "secure erase" tool for some SSDs, though I don't know if this is generic.

The problem with tools such as DBAN is that the SSD controller actually redirects the writes to other memory blocks - it's possible for some of your data to still be in memory blocks, though it's not something the average user is going to be able to find.

Mini 9|2GB RAM|64GB RunCore|Intel 5300|Windows 10
Reply With Quote
  (#6) Old
Ric Ric is offline
Senior Member
Ric's Avatar
Posts: 318
Join Date: Jun 2009
Default 12-04-2009, 02:57 PM

My experience is that DBAN has never worked for any of the SSD's associated with the mini9. It will start, then quit after a bit.

-- 2120 | black | N550 | 250 gb | 2 gb | 7 ult 32bit
-- Alienware MX11 R1 | Black | dual 7300 | 500 gb | 4 gb | Win7 Pro 64bit
Reply With Quote

« Did Dell discontinue the Vostro A90? | Medibuntu for Ubuntu 9.04 on Dell Mini 9 »
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Copyright © 2008-2016