I can't Secure Erase my Samsung SSD 850 Pro

Komirai

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Right, for some reason I can't erase my SSD at all. It just won't let me on any Erase tools like the software from Samsung, Asus Motherboard doesn't either and I thought I would try Parted Magic, but even then they all say in the end that the drive isn't supported. Why is this happening?

Some seem to think I need to remove the encrypted drive, but I don't know how to change or remove it from that. Any ideas?

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hang-the-9

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Then you need to boot from a disk to wipe it, try this https://dban.org/

You can start the wipe using it, but I'd just stop it after a minute or so, you don't really want to do a full secure wipe on an SSD, causes too much wear.
 

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Isn't it bad to use dban on a SSD? Like, I'm a bit wary in using such thing.Or is this my only option. Gonna need a step by step, if I'm going to use it.

 

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If you want to do a "Secure Erase" that is what dban does. If you want to just delete the partitions on the disk and format it, you can use a Windows setup disk and just go through the disk setup part, delete the partitions, format, and shut off system. Or any boot disk that can run a format on the drive, there are quite a few utility disks that will do that.

Secure Erase like you are trying to do is not just formatting, it's over-writing the disk with random data. And yes, it's not recommended to do that on an SSD.
 

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