I have a OCZ Vertex 2 256GB flash drive I bought some time ago. I'd like to experiment with Linux on this drive, and I'd like to wipe it factory-clean. Intel provides an "ssd-toolbox" utility which performs a low level format and restores the drive to factory performance, but I cannot seem to find a similar tool for my Vertex 2.
How does one perform a low level block erase on a Sandforce drive?
PS: The drive is in a Dell Latitude E6500. I tried multiple times to use tools which claimed to issue the SECURITY_ERASE ATA command. The free secure erase tool from the Center for Magnetic Research will not start (my guess is that DOS doesn't like the machine with 4GB of RAM), and when I tried to use a linux livecd and hdparm, it reported that my drive was "frozen", and I was unable to find anything in the BIOS to stop it from being frozen.