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Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive

Q: Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive

So after reading a ton about SSD drives and finally getting one Intel X -M G I played around with it for a drive an SSD Secure Erase Cannot while today and figured that I would just do a secure erase to get it back to factory defaults before really getting it setup on my machine Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive Turns out the Secure Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive Erase app or won't work as the BIOS of my machine sends a quot freeze lock quot command thus these tools cannot touch the drive I've tried the Linux bootable CD with hdparm tool as well and it to shows that the device is locked thus it cannot proceed I've tried the Secure Erase tool from Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive several machines and all result in same thing Secure Erase gets to welcome screen where it would display the attached hard drives and that is as far as it goes So anybody got any suggestions According to people who make Secure Erase a least desirable workaround is to boot the machine with no power attached to the drive and then connect power while the machine is running Well obviously with a brand new hard drive I don't want to do that

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A: Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive

Nevermind. I found a computer at my house where this functionality works as it should. I was able to successfully secure erase my drive on my Intel X25-M G2 drive.
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Hi there sometimes you want to REALLY erase a HDD -- this FREE method will write X' ' (FREE) drive of a erase SECURE HDD - Hex zeros - on every writeable are on your disk -- destroying removing previous data -- while this isn't of military strength or quot CIA quot proof it's certainly good enough for normal home purposes A normal delete doesn't actually delete DATA SECURE erase of a HDD drive (FREE) until that space is reclaimed and overwritten it merely deletes SECURE erase of a HDD drive (FREE) the file entry from the directory so unscrupulous people could access some of your data If a Disk has been contaminated with a Virus this is also a good way to ensure it's GONE too I always do this procedure if I'm giving away an old computer of I acquire some used HDD's you never know what might be on them I also do this if I'm installing re-installing Windows from scratch -so I'm sure that the Windows disk is clean -- nothing lurking in the MBP partition table areas of the disk You need access to a Linux system either as a Host or even as a VM - works fine -- or even simply boot up one of the LIVE distros available anywhere so you don't even need to install anything and boot from a USB now simply use this simple command dd if dev zero of dev sda bs k conv notrunc if is the INPUT file I- in this case simply a Null hex of is your output disk in this case dev sda you can use the command df which will list your disks or even FDISK -l similar to the Windows command To check just type dd if dev sda hexdump -C grep Most windows users could easily handle this I'm sure -- pity Windows doesn't AFAIK have this type of command in it to erase completely a Disk Merely doing quot CLEAN create partition primary and reformatting it won't erase a disk completely - some of these data recovery systems can even recover data from a newly formatted partition If this type of approach scares you - then you could look for some Windows freebie rd party software -- but I'm beginning to get a bit paranoid about some rd party software that's making the rounds these days especially with things like HDD utilities --often it's not the utility itself but the download sites - which confuse people as to where the download is have toolbars other helpers adware trialware etc I regard myself as a fairly experienced use and I regularly find some sites really hard to get the proper download from --nearly loaded wrong software more than once - so using an OS IMO is the safest way BTW you can also CLONE a complete disk with this too -- although it takes a while as it's a byte to byte copy -- and if target disk is larger than source disk you'll have to re-size partition with a partition manager such as GPARTED usually standard in the Linux Live systems -dd if dev sda of dev sdb bs k conv notrunc noerror Actually that's all Clonezilla is anyway - just a GUI wrapped around the DD command While there are some useful commands in the windows command shell it seems that it's getting ever harder to find and use them -- it would be nice if things like the Power shell had some sort of decent documentation -- or even brief documentation like the Linux Man command Perhaps in the general dumbing down of the system these days Ms doesn't want people to know that there IS even a command line any more Cheers jimbo
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I have read that the normal drive erase is not a good idea for SSD's. I have also read that most SSD manufacturers should have a utility that will allow you to force it to flush deleted data. Does anyone know if this is available thru Lenovo. The SSD controller is a Jmicron but I did not see any utilities on their website.
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I've tried changing boot priority multiple times to have my CD/DVD drive boot first & the SSD second & 3rd disabled.

But it doesn't ever seem to save the settings and does NOT boot from the CD/DVD and instead goes directly to the SSD, either my Ubuntu or my Win7 SSD, whichever one I happen to have hooked up at the time.

Anyone know what the problem & solution is? This is getting very frustrating, I've been trying to do this for a couple weeks now and just no luck. I've tried multiple Secure Erase DVDs, one made through Samsung Magician & one made manually with an iso burner, both gave me same results regardless of SSD Ubuntu/Win7

A:Trying to Secure Erase SSD, bios won't boot from CD/DVD drive?

Hello, GreyWizard in BIOS are you sure you saved the changes? It would help if we knew your system specs.

Please fill out your System Specs

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Most computers have a one time boot menu key. Every Motherboard is different. Some will tell you what it is on the loading screen. It tells the computer which drive to boot from this one time without changing the boot order in BIOS. If we knew which Motherboard you have it may help us to tell you which key it is.

Usually when it boots fron the CD drive, it will ask to push any button to boot from the DVD. You have to be quick as you only have a few seconds or it will boot from the hard drive.

Maybe some of that may help.
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CCleaner 3.0 adds secure drive erase tool.

The latest 3.0 release of CCleaner is a major upgrade and adds native support for 64-bit systems and a new Drive Wiper tool that can be used to securely erase the contents of free space on a specified drive the new option can be accessed via the Tools section. Users can select one ore more drives and the tool will remove sensitive information by overwriting the area of the drive on which the data is stored, one or more times, using special algorithms, from a single overwrite to 3, 7 or 35 passes. Other improvements include better support for Internet Explorer 9 and Google's Chrome web browser, additional cleaning support options for HTML5 database storage and a new intelligent cookie keeping feature.Click to expand...

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Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
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I use pretty often Acronis - recovery.
Do i have to secure erase the SSD from time to time ? Would that help ?
Thank you

A:secure erase SSD

Help with what? What are you trying to do?
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How do you do a secure erase on a ssd and will this remove everything?.

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On an Intel SSD, it's done through the Intel Toolbox.

Or look here:

Software to erase SSD

But you don't need Secure Erase to wipe the drive.
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hi -
anyone familiar with HDDerase/ secure erase?

i downloaded it but it seems to only go up as high as windows 98.

does that mean i have to have windows 98 on my computer and can't have windows 7?

tried to run it - it listed 4 options to choose from, none of which made any sense, ran it 2x but it did not work.

i heard that this is one of the only erase tools that gets to the HPA area and hidden/ bad sector areas, whereas dban is great but does not touch those areas, at least the HPA and possibly the DCO.

simply, if anyone knows where i can find a download that will work with windows 7 that would be great.


A:HDDerase/ secure erase

Just briefly googling on HPA and DCO, it doesn't appear that Windows can touch those places. And the BIOS uses the HPA. I wouldn't want to wipe those areas. And normal Wnidows user data is not stored in those places, and the chief concern about wiping data off drives is to ensure that user data is erased.
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A:SSD OCZ Vertex 2 / Secure Erase


No, there is no need to do a secure erase - simple choose the format option when you do a fresh install of Windows.

To maximise the life of your SSD, you should avoid a regular secure erase - there is no need for it at all. It holds no benefit for any installation, and just shortens the life span of the SSD.

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By secure erase, do you mean a format/scrub? I dont think its strictly required, but I would break the RAID and do each disk seperately.

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A:Secure Erase software needed?

Hello badspell,

If you like, the free program CCleaner can do all of that for you. Here's what the Secure Deletion settings in CCleaner look like for you to set how you like.

Hope this helps.
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A:Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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A:secure erase a samsung ssd before clean install ?

You will have the option during the Windows install to reformat the hard drive. That option will erase any previous data on the drive.

But, a new drive doesn't have to be "erased".
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This one has been in the works for a while and I just got it finished, though it may need some fine-tuning; if anyone has some ideas, please post at the tutorial, thanks!

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

A:Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods - Tutorial

Hello everyone.

I figered to move this over here for a while so people that don't frequent the installation sub-forum would see it and know it exists.
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A:Write speed decreased after reinstall of Win 7 without secure erase.

Try to Logoff your PC and just stay it idle for 4-5 hours so the Garbage Collection will work. Then try to benchmark it before and after Garbage Collection mode. See the difference.
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A:Secure erase ssd but don’t quick format before installing windows 7

I've never done a secure erase, but you don't need a secure erase to wipe a drive.

You can delete and make partitions as you see fit as part of the install, during the install.

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I have horrible virus I cannot get rid off I've been trying to remove it for about a month And I'm about to throw my computer in the trash erase, and reformats secure returns windows after Virus reinstalls I reinstalled windows about eight freaking times And every single time the hacker returns He is logging onto my origin account and I'm aware every time he logs in Origin tells me he logged on from another computer I don't Virus returns after secure erase, reformats and windows reinstalls understand where this virus is hiding that it can return after I secure erased my SSD drive I also tried to unplug my SSD and instead tried to use a tb hard drive but the virus still returned I've tried flashing my bios but that also did not help It's not possible that I am re infecting myself because I am doing a complete and total refresh from start with none of my saved data Not using a USB Virus returns after secure erase, reformats and windows reinstalls I've been reformatting windows over and over to try and remove the virus Let me explain my last reformat and re install I saw that the hacker logged onto my origin account so I turned off my PC I unplugged it from the internet I opened it up and unplugged my tb HDD then I loaded up parted magic though bios and used it to secure erase my SSD I left my HDD totally disconnected this time but it was also formatted with dban I installed windows on my secure erased SSD with the PC disconnected from the Internet Then I used the CD from the manufacturer to install my local area network I plugged in the PC to the Internet and started doing windows updates The only programs I installed were my graphics drivers from Nvdia Firefox winrar AVG and Origin I used origin to change my password Then went to bed I've just woken up and the hacker is already on my origin account Please tell how this is even possible or I will have to buy a new computer

A:Virus returns after secure erase, reformats and windows reinstalls

 I just did a scan with GMER just after logging onto origin and this is what it showed.
 GMER 2.1.19163 -
Rootkit scan 2013-11-05 05:06:08
Windows 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 x64 \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP2T0L0-4 M4-CT128M4SSD2 rev.000F 119.24GB
Running: p36j21dm.exe; Driver: C:\Users\Avolate\AppData\Local\Temp\ugdiqfod.sys
---- User code sections - GMER 2.1 ----
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetWindowPos               00000000763f8e4e 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663340
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!ShowWindow                 0000000076400dfb 5 bytes JMP 000000016e6632d0
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetFocus                   0000000076402175 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663320
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetActiveWindow            0000000076403208 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663390
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!BringWindowToTop           0000000076407b3b 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663230
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetForegroundWindow        000000007641f170 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663200
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SwitchToThisWindow         00000000764390fc 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663260
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!ShowWindowAsync            0000000076457d97 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663280
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\ole32.dll!DoDragDrop                  00000000766fa827 5 bytes JMP 000000016e6631e0
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 69   0000000076391465 2 bytes [39, 76]
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 155  00000000763914bb 2 bytes [39, 76]
.text  ...                                                                                                      * 2
---- EOF - GMER 2.1 ----
 A scan with aswmbr showed nothing.
 This is its log:
aswMBR version Copyright© 2011 AVAST Software
Run date: 2013-11-05 05:11:43
05:11:43.424    OS Version: Windows x64 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
05:11:43.424    Number of processors: 4 586 0x2A07
05:11:43.425    ComputerName: AVOLATE-PC  UserName: Avolate
05:11:43.568    Initialize success
05:11:55.254    AVAST engine defs: 13110403
05:12:01.316  ... Read more
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A:erase c drive

The best way to completely erase the C: Drive is to use a free utility program called "Darik's Boot n' Nuke."

This program will wipe the Drive entirely back to RAW format, ready for a 'clean' installation of the O/S.

You will never be able to format the C Drive whilst in Windows?, as it is protected ffrom that occuring. Formats and the can only be done before the system enters into Windows?

Darik's Boot N' Nuke. (Click the coloured link.)
One final piece of advise...Read the Instructions for Boot n' Nuke first!
Post back with the results.

Kind Regards,
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There's Eraser.You can use it to erase individual files/folders, unused harddrive space, or the whole harddrive.Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows  95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS.Eraser is FREE software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.
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A:Erase My Hard Drive

Hi mike5426!

Reloading an OS isnt as difficult as it used to be. In order to reload xp the first thing that you will need to do is go into your bios. Different systems have different keystrokes to get into the bios. Since i dont know your system i can only guess what it is?

You can try the delete key, f2, f10

When you power up the system try hitting one of these keys several times and see if it goes into your bios. If not shutdown and try another. Some systems tell you what key to hit on the bootscreen to get into your bios. So that will make things easier.

As for what you need to do in bios. Windows xp needs to boot from the cdrom drive in order to install windows xp. While your in the bios look through there and find where your able to change the boot sequence. Change it so the cdrom is the first boot device. Once you have completed that save and exit. Oh almost forgot before exiting make sure your xp cd is in the drive. When the computer reboots it say something in regards to atapi emulation. Hit any key to continue. This will allow it to boot from the cdrom. If you dont hit a key it will boot normally after it times out. Once windows xp setup is installed and you go through some normal selections. You will want to delete the windows xp partition and create a new one. Follow the prompts and when it wants to format the partition select either fat 32 or ntfs. Unless you use ntfs i would default to fat 32. Just click on the recommended format not the quick one and windows will format the drive and reinstall windows. It's easier than it looks.

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Welcome to TechSpot.

You are probably running out of harddisk space, not memory.
With current HD-prices so low, you should buy a 80GB or 120GB HD with 8MB cache-memory. Look at

Clean part of your HD by rightclicking InternetExplorer on the Desktop, select Propereties, then in the middle of the screen that comes up, select first Delete Files, then Delete Cookies.
Click OK when done.
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A:is there a way to erase my hard drive

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*** Don't Format it will delete everything. ***

I miss read your message.

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Hi mlg6271,

Before we can help you, we need to get a little information.
Which Operating system you plan on installing:
Type of Computer:
Hard drive size:
Ammount of RAM:

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It depends on what you want to be left with, and the effort you want to go to. Do you want:

1. A completely blank HDD with absolutely zero information on it (incl. no Windows Starter?, or
2. Windows Starter still on the HDD, but all other securely data deleted?

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Make sure you physically disconnect all other HDD's (incl. USB drives) with the exception of the one that holds DBAN and the disk to be wiped

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Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows

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Wecome to SevenForums Digdis,

I had never before put my thoughts into partitioning SD Cards ( he!) and wasn't even aware of it so to say. Can of course be excused since I never had an Android phone - moved to my first Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone only recently.

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Hello and welcome to the boards.

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hello i have a sony vaio F11(2010 MODEL).i think to shell it .also as i posted a few days ago the oem recovery partition is corrupted and isn't regognised anymore after upgarding to win 8.1 but i do not care to fix it anymore.i have two quetsions:
1) i want to erase -wipe(i dont know what is the right expression) oem recovery partition to release storage.the recovery partition is unused so it's shame to occupy space.i want a good software to remove-erase-wipe recovery partition.Do you have to propose something?
2)also if i shell laptop i want to erase completely main c drive (with operating system).can you tell me , how and with what program can i do it?

A:erase main c drive and OEM recovery partition

You can delete the OEM recovery partition in Disk Management. Then add the unallocated space to another partition, or just create a blank partition in the free space.
One way to erase everything is to do a clean install. You just delete all partitions during the install and then let Windows create new ones.
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Hi, I used ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility to secure erase my m.2 ssd, but the secure erase failed. Since then I couldn't access my ssd anymore. If I power on the ssd with SSD connected to my T430, hard drive password required.I also installed the m.2 ssd in the ultrabay caddy with adapter and then tried parted magic to secure erase it(insert the ultrabay caddy after booted into parted magic), but faild too. the log shows the ssd was locked.I think the ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility set ATA password on my ssd when started secure earse process but didn't remove it since the secure erase failed.Is there a default password for ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility?Please help to to unlock it. Thanks.

A:ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility bricked my SSD?

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I need to erase my hard drive because I am giving my pc to a friend to borrow for some time. I have alot of financial info. like my credit card numbers and various bill account numbers etc. I want to wipe out everything. I don't know where to start. Has anyone ever heard of freeware called "KILL DISK"? It seems easy enough to use but it says only download and use if you know what you're doing. I have no clue. Is there anything out there free, that will easily erase everything from my hd beyond recovery?

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I have a USB GB Seagate Expansion Portable Drive quot that would be around months old It has stopped working won t mount on my Mac or even start spinning I have resigned myself to the fact that it is buggered but thought I d have a bit of a play with it to see what was wrong and if I can salvage any data I opened the case and it contains a Seagate Momentus GB drive I thought hopefully it is an issue with the SATA-USB interface in the case so I removed the hard drive and put it in a hard drive dock The drive repair erase hard drive Cannot external or now spins up but still doesn t mount In Disk Utility Mac the main drive is listed in black in the list on the left so it is registered by the computer nothing at all was listed when it was Cannot repair or erase external hard drive still in the case but the single volume is greyed out I tried repairing the drive but that failed I tried erasing the drive but that failed quot Cannot unmount disk quot Any suggestions on how to repair this I don t know how to tell the difference between hard drive problems that are Cannot repair or erase external hard drive fixable and ones where you can save yourself a heap of time and just throw it away because it will never work again nbsp

A:Cannot repair or erase external hard drive

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive (2.5") that would be around 12 months old.Click to expand...

I haven't checked, but is there any chance it's still under warranty? Dig up your receipt or record of purchase.