How to Secure Erase older Intel SSD for selling on

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    Megahertz said:
    Yes you're right. I found this Brink tutorial about.
    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Thanks for that, but does it work as well in Win 10? I'm wondering if there is something in Win 10 that stops this running correctly, what makes me think this is that Intel say that Secure erase won't work on win 10. If I need to install win 7 I will do, but if that's the case I might as well use the Intel SSD secure erase
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    Please take SSD overprovisioning & wear leveling into account. Does "diskpart clean all" command overwrite currently (but not always) inaccessible part of SSD? No. The ATA Secure Erase procedure is the only option.
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    stevec59 said:
    Hi Guys,
    I have an older Intel 320 series SSD that I no longer use, so I thought I'd sell it, OK, I know I won't get a lot for it but it will be some money. I tried to Secure Erase it whilst it was in the PC as a Master drive, of course you can't, so I thought I'd 'Google' it, went to the Intel page
    Three Ways To Run Low-Level Format Using Intel(R) Software Tools
    and it tells you

    Note Windows® 10 and Windows 8*/8.1* blocks Secure Erase functionality.
    I'm running Windows 10 home on the PC and Premium on my laptop, so since they are both win 10 I ca't do that, the next 2 options that they give you mean using
    Intel® Data Migration Software (IDMS)- Acronis* DriveCleanser

    ​That is no longer available, so what can I do? I really want to make sure that no one can get to the data on the drive.Many ThanksSteve
    So if your that worried about someone finding any of your information then you should just destroy the SSD. After all you said it wasn’t worth much so you need to decide what’s more important, the small amount of money or the data that might be recovered. It’s your choice.
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    CCleaner (and their Recuva) has an option to securely erase files. Not that Minitool isn't fine
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    So if your that worried about someone finding any of your information then you should just destroy the SSD.
    Nonsense. Genuine ATA Secure Erase is simple and done in approx 10 minutes for SSD.

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    Is Parted Magic free? Can you use it on Win 10 to secure erase, or can you make a boot CD from it?
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