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Thread: Runcore Pro IV Maintenance/Refresh Required ?

  1. #11
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    Default Re: Runcore Pro IV Maintenance/Refresh Required ?

    I would assume the wiper tool is the exact same application used for other SSD's containing an Indilinx Barefoot controller.

    From experience, the OCZ wiper.exe has to be manually run and takes a little while, but does indeed do its job.

    wiper.exe and any firmware/AHCI driver implementing TRIM is pressently unable to issue the command to drives in a RAID aray. I can't explain the exact ins and outs as I don't currently have a RAID SSD setup, just a single drive.

    One way you can fully restore ANY SSD to a completely factory fresh state with no garbage data in any blocks is to use HDDErase. If you have a Barefoot based drive, Version 4 will work. For owners of Intel X25 series drives, please search for HDDErase 3.3, as V4 is not compatible with the Intel controller.

    There are steps to follow for an easy image, wipe, restore. They are as follows:

    1. Image all the partitions required to be restored. Don't use the Sector By Sector method, use file based.
      Be cautious on dual boot machines to get all partitions needed. If unsure, image all partitions on the boot drive in one backup.
    2. Before booting, as with some SSD Firmware upgrades, make sure the CD ROM you boot from to run HDDErase.exe is on the same
      controller and as near to the SSD as possible. EG SSD is on SATA_0, place the CD drive on the next available, eg SATA_1 or SATA_2. This isn't required for all SSD's.
    3. Place HDDErase on to a bootable pen drive or CD.
    4. Restart and enter the BIOS. You need to temporarily set the SATA controller to IDE mode NOT AHCI, and set all ports to LEGACY IDE.
      This is because HDDErase can't see the drives through AHCI or native IDE modes.
    5. Now boot from the media containing HDDErase, and run it. Agree to several license agreements, and answer the
      acknowledgements that this program will wipe your data completely and forever.
    6. Type the right series of letters and numbers to select the SSD you wish to wipe. Select the standard wipe procedure.
      The "Super duper" extended erase will try and write random data patterns before completely erasing, which isn't needed here.
    7. Confirm the operation and let it do its thing. Unlike a magnetic drive, the operation will take usually less than a minute.
      The ERASE command can clear a 512K flash block in less than 2ms. Compare this with a 160GB HDD which took me 1 hour to do (ATA 66).
    8. All you have to do now, is when the operation completes, re-set AHCI and Native mode to enabled and boot from your
      imaging software boot media (I use Acronis Home). Restoring the drive from the image will result in one big file write to the
      drive, and leave 99.99% of the remaining free space's flash blocks as clean as the day they were etched.

    I have used this method and it truly does work. I artificially abused my X25M until it was performing sequential writes at 50MB/s rather than ~70MB/s as per spec. Using this method restored performance to a level higher than using the drive the first time after the OS install.

    Installing an OS requires lots of small writes as the registry is formed, components registered etc. Even this can shorten the time until there are no more fresh clean blocks left. If you can either install to a regular HDD, then image across, or install direct, image the drive then perform the secure erase and image back, you're giving yourself maximum time at peak performance.

    All these steps sounds like it takes a long time, it doesn't. It took me ~3 minutes to create the backup image of my SSD, 1 minute for the secure erase and 2 minutes 30 second to restore a minimal image of Windows 7 and all updates, drivers etc (including some programs like Photoshop CS4, Open Office, LiveMail). Add the couple of minutes re-booting and setting BIOS settings and it adds up to ~10 minutes spent to completely restore a SSD.
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: Runcore Pro IV Maintenance/Refresh Required ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Runcore Marketing View Post
    We are working on getting our Pro IV SSD wiper tool up on the site soon. You will be able to run it at anytime so I would not let it slow you down on doing the OS upgrade.

    @Runcore Marketing

    Hi Matt,

    Have you got an update on the status of the tool and any firm imeline on when it will be online ?



  3. #13
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    Default Re: Runcore Pro IV Maintenance/Refresh Required ?

    Yes, please can someone post a working link to download wiper.exe.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Runcore Pro IV Maintenance/Refresh Required ?

    Wiper.exe can be downloaded from here
    OCZ Vertex Firmware 1.30 + Wiper 0525 verfügbar - OCZ Forum
    Use it at your own risk.

    My way: I use Ccleaner and activate the point "erase free space secure" works but takes time.
    Last edited by saperalot; 11-11-2009 at 05:25 PM. Reason: plus:

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