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Offline william

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Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:38:55 PM »
How can I wipe clean all the data on my computer before selling it?.

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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 11:47:03 PM »
Unless you have access to a secure software delete program that uses government standard data removal technology, Then you are stuck with the secure delete function of your hardware.
The truth is, there is no secure way of cleaning all data off a hard drive (normal or SSD), if you are really determined to remove everything off your hard drive so that it cannot be retrieved, a 28 pound sledge hammer will do the job.
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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 12:48:10 PM »
Check out this program

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

If its any help

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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 04:34:02 PM »
Yes, I have used it myself, and it's quite good......But what I said above is still true, Data on a drive that has been wiped by any free or paid for service, can still be retrieved with the right software. For example, the police use software to retrieve child porn off many a pedophiles computer, even though the person thinks his drive is clean!

As software eraser tools go, the one you mention is as good if not slightly better than most.
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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 02:08:51 PM »
Just downloaded the above "Eraser" and I just got flooded with all sorts of junk which took ages to jettison and played havoc with my computer,so no thanks to that one.What is your opinion of "http://www.dban.org/"as a disk eraser?.

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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 04:45:20 PM »
Never tried it, so cannot comment.
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Re: Wiping SSD clean on a laptop
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2012, 02:31:39 PM »
Secure-erasing SSD drives at a low level is a tricky business. DBAN wouldn't do the trick in this circumstance. You should check the drive manufacturer for specific advice, as some SSDs can be "bricked" by secure erase utilities. I managed to secure erase one of mine (purely to return it to factory settings prior to putting it in another drive - I had no data privacy issues) using this CNET guide: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20115106-285/how-to-securely-erase-an-ssd-drive/ - but I checked my drive was compatible with this approach first.

However, if all you're wanting to do is delete individual folders (and wipe clean all free space), then Eraser would have been my recommendation too. Strange that it installed a load of junk, though. Might be symptomatic of something else.
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