How to permanently erase data on SSD?

TravisT

I know how to clean data from an old hard drive, including to the point of physical destruction, but what about a SSD? What steps need to be taken to ensure that data is erased and not recoverable from a solid state drive (SSD)?

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jimlynch
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How to securely erase an SSD drive
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-securely-erase-an-ssd-drive/

"Erasing an SSD (solid-state drive) not only sanitizes the drive, but recovers lost performance on systems with inefficient garbage collection. Utilities like CCleaner or DBAN are made for magnetic disk drives and won't work on SSDs. Fortunately, there are two free secure-erase utilities that do work with SSD drives."

ehtan
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Make Use Of has a pretty thorough how-to guide, I suggest checking that out. The easiest way is to use the ATA Secure Erase command. This essentially resets your SSD.   

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/securely-erase-ssd-without-destroying/ 

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