Windows 10: how can I wipe my SSD clean?

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  1.    16 Nov 2017 #21

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    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.
    The original question was: "How can I wipe my SSD clean? I'd like to wipe it clean to either toss it out (or not)." That is why answers recommend use of secure erase tools.
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       16 Nov 2017 #22

    muchomurka said: View Post
    Diskpart clean all is not equivalent to ata secure erase because it does not take into account ssd overprovisioning.
    Go ahead and take the chance bricking your SSD if you want. Then you can always use it as a coaster if want.
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  3.    16 Nov 2017 #23

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Go ahead and take the chance bricking your SSD if you want. Then you can always use it as a coaster if want.
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    I did it many times on different HDDs and SSDs. Any other question?
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       16 Nov 2017 #24

    By the way, if one wants to just throw an SSD away, because, say it's one of the older generation ones, just encrypting it, and deleting(forgetting) the encryption key will do the job. Ain't noone going to get that data then, as it would be waaaaaay to costly to even think about recovering it.

    Also encryption and then a full reformat will also do the job.
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  5.    16 Nov 2017 #25

    muchomurka said: View Post
    I did it many times on different HDDs and SSDs. Any other question?
    Have you ever played Russian Roulette?
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  6.    16 Nov 2017 #26

    for a ssd as stated several times above the secure erase tool is the best way to go. you want to reset it NOT wipe or format it.
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  7.    16 Nov 2017 #27

    As stated several times above - there is no need to use the secure erase tool unless you want to ensure that absolutely no data can be retrieved from the SSD by very complicated data recovery programs. The very simple clean command in diskpart is all you need to do if you are retaining possession of the SSD.

    In fact, I just did this myself a couple hours ago. I messed up the OS on my SSD. Ran the diskpart clean command on it, re-installed Windows to it (creating and formatting all new partitions in the process), up and running again in 15 minutes.
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  8.    16 Nov 2017 #28

    cereberus said: View Post
    Have you ever played Russian Roulette?
    I enjoy it.

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  9.    17 Nov 2017 #29

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The very simple clean command in diskpart is all you need to do if you are retaining possession of the SSD.
    I agree.
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  10.    17 Nov 2017 #30

    use the secure erase on a ssd.
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