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Q: U300s - Secure erase deleted data for a SSD drive ...

I have read that the normal drive erase is not a good idea for SSD's. I have also read that most SSD manufacturers should have a utility that will allow you to force it to flush deleted data. Does anyone know if this is available thru Lenovo. The SSD controller is a Jmicron but I did not see any utilities on their website.

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I have read that the normal drive erase is not a good idea for SSD's. I have also read that most SSD manufacturers should have a utility that will allow you to force it to flush deleted data. Does anyone know if this is available thru Lenovo. The SSD controller is a Jmicron but I did not see any utilities on their website.

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Can the Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad  Be run from a second ssd drive placed in the ultrabay slot? can the utilty be installed on the second ssd i may place in the ultrabay slot for backups and running secure erase command Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad.

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So, after reading a ton about SSD drives and finally getting one (Intel X25-M G2), I played around with it for a while today and figured that I would just do a secure erase to get it back to factory defaults before really getting it setup on my machine.

Turns out the Secure Erase app (3.3 or 4.0) won't work as the BIOS of my machine sends a "freeze lock" command thus these tools cannot touch the drive.

I've tried the Linux bootable CD with hdparm tool as well and it to shows that the device is locked...thus it cannot proceed.

I've tried the Secure Erase tool from several machines and all result in same thing. Secure Erase gets to welcome screen where it would display the attached hard drives and that is as far as it goes.

So, anybody got any suggestions. According to people who make Secure Erase, a least desirable workaround is to boot the machine with no power attached to the drive and then connect power while the machine is running. Well, obviously with a brand new hard drive, I don't want to do that.

A:Cannot Secure Erase an SSD drive

Nevermind. I found a computer at my house where this functionality works as it should. I was able to successfully secure erase my drive on my Intel X25-M G2 drive.

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Hi there

sometimes you want to REALLY erase a HDD -- this FREE method will write X'00' - Hex zeros - on every writeable are on your disk -- destroying / removing previous data -- while this isn't of military strength or "CIA" proof it's certainly good enough for normal home purposes. A normal delete doesn't actually delete DATA until that space is reclaimed and overwritten, it merely deletes the file entry from the directory so unscrupulous people could access some of your data.

If a Disk has been contaminated with a Virus this is also a good way to ensure it's GONE too !!. I always do this procedure if I'm giving away an old computer of I acquire some used HDD's == you never know what might be on them.

I also do this if I'm installing / re-installing Windows from scratch -so I'm 100% sure that the Windows disk is clean -- nothing lurking in the MBP / partition table areas of the disk.

You need access to a Linux system either as a Host or even as a VM - works fine -- or even simply boot up one of the LIVE distros available anywhere so you don't even need to install anything and boot from a USB.

now simply use this simple command :

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4k conv=notrunc

if is the INPUT file I- in this case simply a Null / hex 00
of is your output disk in this case /dev/sda. you can use the command df which will list your disks (or even FDISK -l similar to the Windows command),

To check just type
dd if=/dev/sda | hexdump -C | grep [^00]

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I've tried changing boot priority multiple times to have my CD/DVD drive boot first & the SSD second & 3rd disabled.

But it doesn't ever seem to save the settings and does NOT boot from the CD/DVD and instead goes directly to the SSD, either my Ubuntu or my Win7 SSD, whichever one I happen to have hooked up at the time.

Anyone know what the problem & solution is? This is getting very frustrating, I've been trying to do this for a couple weeks now and just no luck. I've tried multiple Secure Erase DVDs, one made through Samsung Magician & one made manually with an iso burner, both gave me same results regardless of SSD Ubuntu/Win7

A:Trying to Secure Erase SSD, bios won't boot from CD/DVD drive?

Hello, GreyWizard in BIOS are you sure you saved the changes? It would help if we knew your system specs.

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If you will go to your last post and click the 'System Specs' in the bottom left of the post, you will find a link to update your system specs. Please fill those out in as much detail as possible, making sure to click save at the bottom of the page. If you would like to know what we would like, you can click 'My System Specs' at the bottom left of this post to see mine. If you do not know what your components are, this will help you accomplish this task. System Info - See Your System Specs

Most computers have a one time boot menu key. Every Motherboard is different. Some will tell you what it is on the loading screen. It tells the computer which drive to boot from this one time without changing the boot order in BIOS. If we knew which Motherboard you have it may help us to tell you which key it is.

Usually when it boots fron the CD drive, it will ask to push any button to boot from the DVD. You have to be quick as you only have a few sec... Read more

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CCleaner 3.0 adds secure drive erase tool.

The latest 3.0 release of CCleaner is a major upgrade and adds native support for 64-bit systems and a new Drive Wiper tool that can be used to securely erase the contents of free space on a specified drive – the new option can be accessed via the Tools section. Users can select one ore more drives and the tool will remove sensitive information by overwriting the area of the drive on which the data is stored, one or more times, using special algorithms, from a single overwrite to 3, 7 or 35 passes. Other improvements include better support for Internet Explorer 9 and Google's Chrome web browser, additional cleaning support options for HTML5 database storage and a new intelligent cookie keeping feature.Click to expand...

-- Tom
 

A:CCleaner 3.0 adds secure drive erase tool

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How to execute a secure erase of the ssd?From the bios, from partedmagic tool or similar tool, reinstall backup or reinstall image from recovery drive, reset from novo or windows? Want to have a clean drive.methods to execute trim command? Think is by way of optimize in properties of drives in windows.any suggestion to erase free space effectively? Parted magic claims to erase reset free space but cannot verify.

A:secure erase drive yoga 13. Trim execution

Reference this weblink:http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-securely-erase-hard-drives-hdds-and-solid-state-drives-ssds/It has a Parted Magic video, showing secure erase, which is built into the hardware of the SSD.  Your SSD may not support this feature. =====What is your goal? reuse SSD, sell SSD?Windows 7 and above have TRIM built into the operating system and no need for user to do anything TRIM wise.

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How to execute a secure erase of the ssd?From the bios, from partedmagic tool or similar tool, reinstall backup or reinstall image from recovery drive, reset from novo or windows? Want to have a clean drive.methods to execute trim command? Think is by way of optimize in properties of drives in windows.any suggestion to erase free space effectively? Parted magic claims to erase reset free space but cannot verify.

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I've been racking my brain on this problem for a while now and figured I'd throw this situation out to the crowd to see what kind of ingenious answers I could get to this problem.

I have a failed hard drive that I'd like to send back to get replaced but obviously want all my data wiped first. The problem is that the drive has failed so miserably that it won't even mount to any system in order to perform any sort of wiping. I've connected it to my system directly, via a USB to IDE adapter, and via an eSATA adapter in both Windows and Linux to no avail. Sometimes it will show up in the Device Manager under Hard Drives, but that's as far as it gets - it's never assigned a letter and doesn't show up in Disk Manager. It doesn't show up in Ubuntu when I perform an fdisk either so I can't perform a DD.

This is a bit of a catch 22 as the hard drive has failed to the point where it can't be read, but I'm not sure what measures are going to be employed to attempt to validate and read the data at the manufacturer when they test it for failure. If the drive all of a sudden starts working, there is too much personal data on there for me to just hope doesn't turn up.

Any ideas (other than mounting another similar drive's controller to it)?

A:How to erase data on a drive that won't mount?

For me, if there's that much personal data on it, I wouldn't send it back at all but instead just buy a knew drive. Then to insure that the hard drive wont fall into the wrong hands and attempt to recover the data, I take a sledge hammer to them. Then dispose of the mess properly. POM as we call it....peace of mind....

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Hi, I am usig windows vista SP2 … I just repaired my 250 gb western digital external hard drive from an I/O device error using CHKDSK /F/X. At the end of doing this, there were a question that I don’t remember at this time that cames to my screen … and to finish with this process my answer was No. My external hard drive was repaired but I want to recover the data that I lost doing this things. How may I recover all my lost data? Please help me … I am desesperate.
 

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I know, seems like a silly question, but here is the specific situation.

My MB seems to be going, half the time won't boot up completely, won't recognize the Intel onboard raid chip etc. I already replaced the power supply and no help.

So my question is this.

If the raid (just 2 drives) was built with the MB onboard Raid and I replace the motherboard, what is the best way to do it without losing all my data?

If I remember correctly, when I go to build the raid again, it will erase all data on both drives.

For the record I do have a backup, I am just trying to see if there is a way to do this without having to go through the restore and everything.

Thanks for the help!
 

A:Will replacing motherboard erase drive data in RAID?

Never tired it, but I would assume if raid is enabled in the bios of the new board, it will recognize the array just fine, the real issue is it probably will not boot, since the hardware is too different.

Moving a windows installation from one mobo to another has its challenges.

See "Replace a failed Motherboard" section

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125
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I've done a search and couldn't find the answer, so I'll post a question.

I want to perform a factory restore on my Dell by using Control F11. My computer has two disc drives. Will this procedure put both drives back to the original factory state or just the drive with the operating system?

A:Will a Dell F11 Restore erase data on all Disks or just C: Drive?

To format the slave drive: my computer, right click format on the disk you wish to wipe. Then click start. make sure quick format is unchecked.

I think any way. That's what I just did with my other hard drive..

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My lenovo laptop has original windows 7 and its hard disk is of size 640 GB. When I try to recover my system ( Onekey Recovery - Recover from initial state - Next ) it shows "Hard disk 0, 596GB" in "Selected disk:" in "Recover Summary". Will it erase my personal data on D drive? Or will it only format C drive without affecting D drive? 













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A:DOES PERFORMING ONEKEY RECOVERY ERASE MY PERSONAL DATA ON D DRIVE?

hi me_rif,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
D: Drive will not be touched, It will only format and Recover C: to a factory State.
 
Regards
Solid Cruver





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I didn't download the system info because I am now contacting you on a mac computer. I can contact you on the laptop if necessary. I want to erase my personal info from my hp laptop so I can sell it. I don't want to wipe the hard drive because I don't want to have to reinstall the operating system. Can someone tell me if this is possible and how to do it. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. running windows vista os.
 

A:erase personal data from laptop without completely wiping hard drive. want to sell h

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Dear Community .
I am planning to sell and upgrade my Alienware to a newer model .
I want to perform a secure erase . 
I have tried Samsung magician 4.9 ( 5.0 doesn't support the SSD) 
I have tried parted magic .
I am able to create the boot USB for both tools but on each occasion I get " Drive Frozen state " message .
I have researched for hours and all I see is cycle the power on the disc by unplugging the power and replacing it .
My questions are: 1a how do I power cycle on a Samsung SSD PM851 M.2  2280 as I don't see any power cable/lead  1b is there another way to unfreeze/unlock the drive . I DO NOT want to pull the whole module out and push it back in and end up with a dead piece of electronics . 
2 Is there another way for me to secure erase and do I need to do this at all ,  would a format and clean installation of windows ( halting at the country /language stage and powering down for the new buyer ) be secure enough ?
To be honest I have fallen behind on HDD technology and couldn't believe the SSD was only a PCB  with 4 chips . when I opened the cover I was expecting to see a 2.5 drive .

Thanks 

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I use pretty often Acronis - recovery.
Do i have to secure erase the SSD from time to time ? Would that help ?
Thank you

A:secure erase SSD

Help with what? What are you trying to do?

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How do you do a secure erase on a ssd and will this remove everything?.

A:Secure erase on a ssd

On an Intel SSD, it's done through the Intel Toolbox.

Or look here:

Software to erase SSD

But you don't need Secure Erase to wipe the drive.

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Foea yoga 13 have sevure erase capability?  How do we execute the command for secure erase, is their a app , a bootanle usb tool, from the bios? samsung, the ssd supplier said their drive tools would not work on oem and would have to ask lenovo for procedure to execute secure erase.

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Do I need to purchase Parted Magic to do a secure erase on my newer Dell laptop with m.2 drive? or is there another program that is recommended?

I have not done this process before and I am concerned about messing up the mbr or something that would brick the machine or interfere with doing a fresh windows install from USB.
 

A:Secure Erase Program Q's

Why are you try to be sure that the data is erased?
If you are getting rid of the machine then there is a need, but if just rebuilding the system, there is NO need.
Normally a clean install of the OS will wipe that data, this includes the option of doing a Factory Restore.
 

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Is it recommended to use the Secure Erase, often ? Once in 2 months ?
Before i do the Fw update, should i Secure Erase ?
And last question : i want to make a fresh install of Windows 7, today. Should i use Secure Erase before that, or not ?
Thanks.

A:SSD OCZ Vertex 2 / Secure Erase

Hi,

No, there is no need to do a secure erase - simple choose the format option when you do a fresh install of Windows.

To maximise the life of your SSD, you should avoid a regular secure erase - there is no need for it at all. It holds no benefit for any installation, and just shortens the life span of the SSD.

Regards,
Golden

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I have a samsung SSD and a PNY SSD that I installed on my laptop. I get an error and fix complete when I boot up windows 10. I was told I should do a secure erase and reinstall windows 10. I have tired using samsung magician and make bootable USB but nothing happens. My Samsung SSD is my main drive c:/ with windows 10 on it. Any ideas or suggestions?

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hi -
anyone familiar with HDDerase/ secure erase?

i downloaded it but it seems to only go up as high as windows 98.

does that mean i have to have windows 98 on my computer and can't have windows 7?

tried to run it - it listed 4 options to choose from, none of which made any sense, ran it 2x but it did not work.

i heard that this is one of the only erase tools that gets to the HPA area and hidden/ bad sector areas, whereas dban is great but does not touch those areas, at least the HPA and possibly the DCO.

simply, if anyone knows where i can find a download that will work with windows 7 that would be great.

thanks.
 

A:HDDerase/ secure erase

Just briefly googling on HPA and DCO, it doesn't appear that Windows can touch those places. And the BIOS uses the HPA. I wouldn't want to wipe those areas. And normal Wnidows user data is not stored in those places, and the chief concern about wiping data off drives is to ensure that user data is erased.
 

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do I have to take my SSDs out of RAID0 to do a secure erase?

A:question RE: secure erase

Hi.

By secure erase, do you mean a format/scrub? I dont think its strictly required, but I would break the RAID and do each disk seperately.

Regards,
Golden

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I'm looking for Secure Erase software & Software that will remove all temp files within all browsers and everywhere on my computer. Any recommendations? I have heard that goverment earse it the highest level...is this true?

Thanks!

A:Secure Erase software needed?

Hello badspell,

If you like, the free program CCleaner can do all of that for you. Here's what the Secure Deletion settings in CCleaner look like for you to set how you like.



Hope this helps.

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Hi, I downloaded the latest OCZ bootup toolbox and upgraded the firmware to version 2.25 for my Vertex 3 Max iops and then shut down and ran the toolbox again. I then tried to secure erase the ssd in order to reinstall windows but get the message that secure erase failed, internal error. Can anyone help me with this???
 

A:Solved: Secure Erase failed

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Do I need to purchase Parted Magic to do a secure erase on my newer Dell laptop with m.2 drive? or is there another program that is recommended?

I have not done this process before and I am concerned about messing up the mbr or something that would brick the machine or interfere with doing a fresh windows install from USB.
 

A:Secure Erase Program Questions

Why are you try to be sure that the data is erased?
If you are getting rid of the machine then there is a need, but if just rebuilding the system, there is NO need.
Normally a clean install of the OS will wipe that data, this includes the option of doing a Factory Restore.
 

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Hi there, I switched to an Intel X18-M SSD on my X301 some time ago. I noticed that the new BIOS was released with Secure Erase functionality some time ago. As I was going to rebuild my laptop today, I thought I would give it a go. Turns out that this was a mistake. The utility failed on the Intel SSD necessitating a reboot after running for six hours. After the reboot, it turns out that the utility has set a hard drive password on the disk (there was not one before). As I have no way to know what password it has set, I am effectively locked out of my drive and it's a brick to all intents and purposes.Does anyone (Lenovo in particular) know what password is set during the running of the Secure Erase functionality of the latest BIOS? My only alternative is to find out if there is a default master password from Intel. Since in principle, this should be blank, I believe that I am scuppered unless someone in Lenovo can tell me what password they set using the utility. Thanks in advance.











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A:X301 Secure Erase with new BIOS

wibbler, welcome to the forum,
 
there are no default passwords which are set by Lenovo. Which buttons are you pressing at startup which require a password?
 
Excerpt from the forum rules,
 
No posts shall include instructions or directions intended to subvert security measures, including passwords, locking mechanisms, fingerprint scans, etc, nor shall any posts provide descriptions to the location of, nor direct links to content related to these topics.

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I am new to posting on the site and I have  searched for this issue but come up blank. Here is my problem I am attempting to recover data from a hard drive that is failing - no partition found. I have been able to scan and mount the partition (NTFS) and I have recovered the public folders, the issue is with the other two user folders, I see they are write protected, I am unable to remove the write protection or grant my self even read access to the folders. I have mounted them as I said and made an image of the partition which is what I am working on, but of course the two folders are not copying to the image as I do not have permission to access them.
 
The Drive is an 80 Gig partitioned and formatted NTFS with Windows XP, I have tried a rescue CD in the system with no luck and now I have the drive in a an external dock on a different system running Win 7 (I am using my Admin Acct.
 
This seems to be an issue like the Ransome ware infections where users lose access to their data, any suggestions welcome and greatly appreciated.
 
Mike Ears Hopin P

A:Accessing secure folders to recover data on a failing hard drive

You sure it's not just a permission issue? Try How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP.  7 is pretty much the same. Just takes a lot more clicks.
 
Oh, and in the future, backup your data to a second physical disk or the cloud. This will avoid the inevitable.

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I don't want to brick my system.

Interested in using Parted Magic to secure erase the m.2 on an xps13.

Any concerns I should be having?
 

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After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media and want to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below then boot the Windows installation media to start the Windows 7 installation process.

Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format, the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition will be automatically issued, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below. If you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the clean all then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on th... Read more

A:Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

Need help reinstalling my windows 7 back on computer w/o my disk

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Hello : Is it good practice to secure erase a samsung ssd before a clean install of win 7 ? Or just let Windows do its thing ?

A:secure erase a samsung ssd before clean install ?

You will have the option during the Windows install to reformat the hard drive. That option will erase any previous data on the drive.

But, a new drive doesn't have to be "erased".

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Hello all,
One way to fully erase an SSD is to erase and repartition the drive, then fill the new partition, forcing the drive to overwrite the blocks. But I know there is a simple low-level command to tell most SSDs to erase all blocks. How can I do this? The SSD in question is a Samsung PM851 from a Latitude E7250. Is there a BIOS command I can run on the laptop? I currently have the mSATA drive removed from the laptop and it's in an external case, but I can reinstall it into the laptop if a BIOS command is needed. Samsung won't support the drive as it's only sold to OEMs.
I have seen that the program "Parted Magic" claims to be able to do this - but I shouldn't need to purchase something to erase a drive like this. What is the command I need to send to the drive? How do I do it using Dell supported methods? It should be a quick and easy thing to do.
Thanks

A:Secure Erase Samsung PM851 mSATA SSD?

Depending on the system model -- if it's a newer system -- there's generally a "wipe drive" option in UEFI setup (F2 at powerup).

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You can restore deleted data from pen drive from two method.
1. CMD Command

2. The third party tool

The first method is CMD command. You can follow these steps that given to a lower place:

1. Connect the corrupted pen drive to the Computer.

2. Continue to Start button and right click.

3. Click Command Prompt (Admin). The CMD will open.
4. Write the pen drive letter, E.g. > F: , and press Enter.
5. Write attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*, press Enter and hold for a few of seconds.
6. Now check the pen drive, and your files would be restored.
The Second method is The third party tool. You can recover your data through pen drive recovery tool. Just follow these steps.

Download pen drive recovery Software. Later on Run the tool and click on scan.
The Software provides you three option like: Normal, deleted, formatted partitions you can select whatever recovery options.
After that find and preview recovered pen drive data
Finally, you can Save recovered items on your system

 

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Hello everybody.

Please would you give me some help regarding securely wiping a SSD drive?

I think my laptop has a Toshiba NVMe SSD. It's a 512GB and the hardware ID in device manager is
NVMe THNSN5512GPUK NV. I'm not so sure it is a Toshiba SSD but all searches have returned Toshiba.

I have a 2016 version of Parted Magic (10.18) and I've created a bootable USB as I wish to securely wipe/erase all partitions and sensitive company data from the SSD and install a new OS.

Parted Magic does not detect the SSD drive. I also tried Toshiba's OCZ SSD Utility which also does not detect the drive.

If anyone has any ideas I'd be very grateful.

Many thanks in advance.
 

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I want to reinstall windows from an image. I want to do this because I re-installed windows on a new samsung 830 256gb ssd but I didn't use secure erase before doing so. After the install my random write speed went down to 330ish MB\s when i was at 400 MB\s before. My current win 7 install is optimized and works fine; only my random write speeds have decreased and it's bugging me lol. Do you think a secure erase and reinstall would improve my write speed? or am I just being obsessive lol.

A:Write speed decreased after reinstall of Win 7 without secure erase.

Try to Logoff your PC and just stay it idle for 4-5 hours so the Garbage Collection will work. Then try to benchmark it before and after Garbage Collection mode. See the difference.

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I have ThinkPad T470/T470s, and I'm wondering how can we secure erase the nvme ssds? It does not accept ATA commands.

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Product Name: HP Probook 4530s
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
I have HP probook 4530s ci5

having hard disk drive (HDD) of 750 GB.

Hard disk is of Hitachi (HTS727575A9E364)

I need to pass my notebook to someone for some days, so I needed to make sure my data is permanently gone.

I can use the disk sanitizer or secure erase option present in the BIOS. But I am not sure how much time it will take?

Can anybody please tell me what time disk-sanitizer option and secure erase will take for one pass?
 

A:Disk-sanitizer and secure-erase one pass time?

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I have ThinkPad T470/T470s, and I'm wondering how can we secure erase the nvme ssds? It does not accept ATA commands.

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This one has been in the works for a while and I just got it finished, though it may need some fine-tuning; if anyone has some ideas, please post at the tutorial, thanks!

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

A:Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods - Tutorial

Hello everyone.



I figered to move this over here for a while so people that don't frequent the installation sub-forum would see it and know it exists.

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rootkit has infected 2 of my desktops when i reformat i go to reinstall os and as soon as install starts command prompt opens and closes very very fast it takes control of pc admin and registry ive tried everything and dont know how to clean my systems if someone can help i may need to also clean other desktop once this one is clean and also need to know how i can wipe other drives without reinfecting pc
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 17-10-2016
Ran by Taco (administrator) on DESKTOP-R7FQ2BA (18-10-2016 22:31:08)
Running from C:\Users\Taco\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Taco (Available Profiles: defaultuser0 & Taco)
Platform: Windows 10 Pro Version 1511 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
 
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
 
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
 
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\NisSrv.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\wuapihost.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.10586.0_none_95e4f9a171a1ad95\TiWorker.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Progr... Read more

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Hi.
I'm not sure this is the right forum to post this, if not let me know.

The Problem: I accidentally deleted some important data from a hard drive. I desperately want to rescue at least some of it. It is a folder containing a large number of digital photos.

This is what I've done:
1. accidentally deleted files
2. deleted the three partitions that were on the drive and made the drive into one partition
3. formatted the drive using Windows Disk Management tool in Administrative Tools (Windows XP). I used the "Quick Format" option rather than the "Full Format". The file system of the drive (also before formatting) is: NTFS
4. Currently there is new data on the drive. I'm using it as a backup drive now.

This all happened a few days ago. Only now I have realized the goof up.

Please, if there is any way you know of that I might best be able to salvage any of the lost data, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks!
 

A:Please Help... I've accidentally deleted important data from drive

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I need to know how to view what is on my hard drive. I want to recover deleted data and photos. Please send me steps to do this
 

A:retrieving deleted data from hard drive

There are a number of ways to recover old data, depending on how and when it was deleted. Could you give us more details?

How did you delete these files? Recycle bin?

How long ago did you delete them?

What version of Windows are you running?
 

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I have horrible virus I cannot get rid off. I've been trying to remove it for about a month.
And I'm about to throw my computer in the trash !
I reinstalled windows about eight freaking times.
And every single time the hacker returns. He is logging onto my origin account and I'm aware every time he logs in, Origin tells me he logged on from another computer.
I don't understand where this virus is hiding that it can return after I secure erased my SSD drive.
I also tried to unplug my SSD and instead tried to use a 1 tb hard drive but the virus still returned.
I've tried flashing my bios but that also did not help.
It's not possible that I am re infecting myself because I am doing a complete and total refresh from start with none of my saved data. Not using a USB.
I've been reformatting windows over and over to try and remove the virus. Let me explain my last reformat, and re install.
I saw that the hacker logged onto my origin account, so I turned off my PC. I unplugged it from the internet. I opened it up and unplugged my 1 tb HDD, then I loaded up parted magic though bios and used it to secure erase my SSD. I left my HDD totally disconnected this time but it was also formatted with dban.
I installed windows on my secure erased SSD with the PC disconnected from the Internet. Then I used the CD from the manufacturer to install my local area network. I plugged in the PC to the Internet and started doing windows updates.
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A:Virus returns after secure erase, reformats and windows reinstalls

 I just did a scan with GMER just after logging onto origin and this is what it showed.
 
 GMER 2.1.19163 - http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2013-11-05 05:06:08
Windows 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 x64 \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP2T0L0-4 M4-CT128M4SSD2 rev.000F 119.24GB
Running: p36j21dm.exe; Driver: C:\Users\Avolate\AppData\Local\Temp\ugdiqfod.sys
---- User code sections - GMER 2.1 ----
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetWindowPos               00000000763f8e4e 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663340
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!ShowWindow                 0000000076400dfb 5 bytes JMP 000000016e6632d0
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetFocus                   0000000076402175 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663320
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!SetActiveWindow            0000000076403208 5 bytes JMP 000000016e663390
.text  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe[2944] C:\Windows\syswow64\USER32.dll!BringWindowToTop    ... Read more

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