Whats the correct procedure for sanitizing a Solid State Drive?

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Bit Baby

Whats the correct procedure for sanitizing a Solid State Drive?

SSD's being an entirely different kettle of fish from regular mechanical hard drivers, what is the correct procedure for sanitizing one, assuming that I want to re-use it. Waist not, want not.

It's a Corsair SSD.

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: Whats the correct procedure for sanitizing a Solid State Drive?

You'd be best asking your drive manufacturer.  Sanitize can be done from Crucial Storage Executive - but only for Crucial drive models.

 

If you don't need it securely erased (ie your just reusing it yourself) a quick format is as good as anything! 

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: Whats the correct procedure for sanitizing a Solid State Drive?

@shalmali,   Checking with your drive's manufacturer is best as targetbsp suggested.   IIRC, I believe many of that brand drive use a SandForce controller and I've never had a problem erasing them (SandForce drive).  If it is a SATA based SSD you should be able to use Parted Magic to Sanitize/Secure Erase it (may allow for nvme as well as I've never used it personally).    The SSD would have to be connected to an internal controller set to AHCI mode or connected externally with eSATA.   If you use Linux, it can be done from there as well.