Secure erase is a command to tell an ATA mass storage device to completely wipe itself.

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Partially Solved: SSD security password - stuck with an I/O Error

Model in question is a Kingston SV300S37A120G. I read here that when trying to unlock a security password, I should put “quotes” around it if it contains special characters. Does that apply for caps? ...
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How to do secure erase of CF card over USB in Linux?

I have a CF card I'd like to erase. My CF card reader is connected to my Linux machine via USB. How do I do a secure erase (i.e., the ATA Secure Erase functionality) of the CF card? I have tried ...
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HDDErase.exe not picking up any drives to wipe

Follow-on question from Rufus rejecting HDDErase.iso. So after getting HDDErase.exe onto the DOS-booting USB stick and running it, I ran into yet another problem; the USB boots, the program runs, and ...
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Erase free space with Terminal running IOS El Capitan 10.11.4

The Terminal command: diskutil secureErase freespace 4 /volumes/”Macintosh HD” returns the “could not find disk HD” message. What am I doing wrong? Thanks. Tom
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how to erase sensitive data “permanently” if hd broken and cannot do full random overwrite?

I purchased a broken hard drive. I copied some of my movies on it. It is broken now. I want to send it back to the factory. I wanted to permanently delete all my files with "Sdelete" secure tool. ...
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eMMC Standards and File System support

I am looking into Android secure erase functions and realized a few things: Android uses eMMC as its storage media, eMMC standards are set by the JEDEC organization (currently most of the ...
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Is shred single pass less secure than srm?

i compared shred -n 1 -v --random-source=/dev/zero file.txt and srm -llvzd file.txt on 16gb file on hdd. ubuntu 14.04. both commands do single pass with zeros. 'srm' needed more than whole night ...
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Is there a way to invoke the ANSI ATA enhanced secure erase command targeting an SSD after booting into Windows 7?

I'm too lazy to burn a bootable image, and then wait for the wiping to occur. To securely (in terms of lack of recoverability and safety to the SSD) wipe a Crucial M4 SSD. Is there a DOS command or a ...
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Was my SSD wiped?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina mid 2013, as I intend to pass it, I used a bootable Ubuntu so I could make a ATA Secure erase. As the disk was "not enabled" and "frozen" I had to put it to sleep by ...
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Manipulating the HDD password via an SATA-USB adapter

This question is related to The master password of Transcend SSD. I've forgotten the password of Transcend SSD370 ,which I set. When I boot my PC by a live CD with the SSD connected to the SATA port, ...
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Mac OS X: What are the implications and consequences of executing “kill -9 writeconfig” from the console?

I am trying to delete an account and checked the "Erase home folder securely" option. I now notice the process writeconfig is running about 100% CPU, and has been so for some 12 hours now. Anybody ...
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Does Filevault 2 encrypt deleted files created before Filevault activation?

I have a 2013 Macbook Air that I'm returning (drive is SSD). I didn't have Filevault turned on, and I erased the disk and reinstalled the OS (secure erase was not available as an option). I then ...
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hdparm -N /dev/sda fails

Progression of events; Made a bootable Ubuntu 16.04 LTS USB key. Booted said key. Selected try Ubuntu without installing. Opened a terminal window. Typed hdparm -N /dev/sda Output was: /dev/sda: ...
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Options for wiping the contents of HPA and DCO?

I asked a few more questions here and they're not really done with yet, but I'm asking this in advance to save time for when and if they fall through. I need to delete the HPA and DCO sectors of a ...
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Will cipher /w:C properly wipe empty space on SSD drive?

On Windows you can use cipher /w:C to overwrite the blank space on a drive with random bytes. With SSD's there's lots of problems with secure deleting individual files because of the way SSD's do '...
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how to write files to random locations on hard drive?

I bought a hard drive in the store. After some days it broke down. My 14 days return policy is almost expiring (I want my money back, not other unit). Overwriting/Wiping 4TB of data with a broken hard ...
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Unable to shred personal data from re-formatted computer

I have an old Windows 7 computer that I want to give away. I restored the machine to factory settings (using manufacturer's disks). After that I ran SDelete & CCleaner to shred any personal data ...
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How to fully erase promotional USB stick Autorun partition

I have a 2GB USB stick from a free promotional giveaway. It has a second "partition" with Autorun for advertising every time I insert it in a computer. I know I can disable autorun, but how can I ...
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Is this process a reasonable way to remove personal data from a Mac before giving it away?

Occasionally I give away (or sell) an old Mac that I'm not using anymore. Before I do that, I want to make sure that none of my personal data remains on the drive, but I'm too lazy to reformat the ...
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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...