Windows 10: how can I wipe my SSD clean?

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  1.    16 Nov 2017 #11

    muchomurka said: View Post
    Two notes:
    - FORMAT command DOES NOT ERASE any data from disk, they are still recoverable
    - Only the highest version - $80 KillDisk Ultimate - supports Secure Erase function. Other functions/methods DO NOT GUARANTEE impossibility of recovering data from SSD.
    OP is keeping disk - total overkill. For most users, simply using the diskpart "clean all" command is perfectly adequate. People would need very specialised and expensive forensic style software to even attempt to recover after a "clean all" command.
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       16 Nov 2017 #12

    cereberus said: View Post
    OP is keeping disk - total overkill. For most users, simply using the diskpart "clean all" command is perfectly adequate. People would need very specialised and expensive forensic style software to even attempt to recover after a "clean all" command.
    Only problem is he will need to do this outside of windows, as you cannot have both boot disk connected at the same time(that I know of).
    GParted(in Ubuntu) is what I always use.
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  3.    16 Nov 2017 #13

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin). Run:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk # <- replace # with the actual number of the SSD you want to reuse
    clean <- this will remove all partitions on the selected drive. You can't do this if you are booted from the SSD you want to reuse

    If you want to leave it completely blank (but NOT securely erased), then the next two commands would be exit, exit.

    If you want to establish a new partition on it to use for data storage, the next commands would be:
    create part pri
    format fs=ntfs quick
    assign
    exit
    exit

    The above commands still will NOT securely erase the SSD.
    Few people are aware of the "clean all" command. This does securely erase the sdd beyond the ability of tools like Recuva. T recover after that requires very sosphisticated and highy expensive forensic tool, so is not a convern fir vast majority of users.
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  4.    16 Nov 2017 #14

    "Few people are aware of the "clean all" command." That's me.
    I'm not familiar on how to do things on hard drives; I can install and replace hard drives and install OS's and stay with default settings and that's it. But the information I've seen so far is excellent in this thread and now instead of just letting the SSD just be ready in case it's ever needed has given me the incentive to use it as a data drive for personal use.
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       16 Nov 2017 #15

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Hi,
    If you plan on tossing it just use a hammer first :)
    If not just format it.
    you do not format a ssd. it has to be reset. i used parted magic boot key and once one iy's desktop i use erase disk.
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  6.    16 Nov 2017 #16

    I agree with @cereberus. Using third party programs or Linux to securely erase an SSD that the user is going to keep and use themselves is overkill.

    In that same situation, though, there is also no real need for clean all, either, unless you are worried about an outside hacker or thief breaking in and running data recovery software on it to steal previously deleted files. The simple clean command only erases the partition table and, thus, much faster than clean all.
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       16 Nov 2017 #17

    You guys know what?
    This conversation got me to wondering, if one could not just use the Macrium Reflect recovery environment, and nuke all the partitions on a system drive that way
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  •    16 Nov 2017 #18

    Cliff S said: View Post
    You guys know what?
    This conversation got me to wondering, if one could not just use the Macrium Reflect recovery environment, and nuke all the partitions on a system drive that way
    Yes. Because the Macrium Reflect recovery environment runs completely from RAM. Once booted into it there is no "system drive" and you can wipe any physical drive connected to the system.
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       16 Nov 2017 #19

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Yes. Because the Macrium Reflect recovery environment runs completely from RAM. Once booted into it there is no "system drive" and you can wipe any physical drive connected to the system.
    Much better than, as you do it from WinPE and most people(though not all) have it.
    Time for you to make a mini tutorial & video(with dialog of course) on how to do it Lieutenant Commander
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  •    16 Nov 2017 #20

    cereberus said: View Post
    Few people are aware of the "clean all" command. This does securely erase the sdd beyond the ability of tools like Recuva. T recover after that requires very sosphisticated and highy expensive forensic tool, so is not a convern fir vast majority of users.
    Diskpart clean all is not equivalent to ata secure erase because it does not take into account ssd overprovisioning.
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