Best way to wipe ssd?

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  1. Greel

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    Selling an AW laptop with 2 m.2 drives and i have already reset the PC with the erase option.


    what would be the next step to wipe any remaining data from the 2 ssd?
     
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    dban
     
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    dban on a ssd?
     
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    It shouldn't kill them, but it might fail due to how it works.

    Search the manufacturer site for a secure erase tool, Crucial Storage Executive has a Sanitize drive that will reboot the pc and do a secure erase, Samsung, and other brands should/have similar tools.
     
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    ssd manufacture? i believe dell put a toshiba m.2 for the OS and my 2nd drive is a samsung m.2

    is there anyway to do it without having to recreate an account? i already did that windows 10 reset with erase all option.
     
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    The erase all isn't a low level format, if you run photorec in a liveboot pen you will see all your files.

    I dont have any Samsung drives, but they say you can run the Samsung Secure erase in DOS mode, not sure if there is a way to make a boot pen without installing it, but you can do that in another pc.

    And given that secure erasing the SSD will delete your windows install, it not really a limitation, because you will need to re-install it again.
     
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    i dont have another computer that i can do it from at the moment.

    what the easiest way to do the erase from the laptop itself?
     
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    If i use Unetbootin and parted magic on both ssds, and then install windows would i be ok to sell them?
     
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    Best way to ensure secure erase is to use the manufacturer tools, formating the SSD, even using a low level format does not guarantee that all data is removed.
     
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    isnt the manufacture tool just a low level format?

    i ended up using nvme-cl on a ubuntune live session and shipped it out this morning
     
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    It uses special not standard commands to issue a low level erase that ensures and guarantees that all chips are wiped clean and bypasses the wear leveling algorithms so there is no more writes than those that are necessary.
     
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