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    Question Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    I have recently tried to clean erase my Crucial m4 64Gb ssd drive with the Secure Erase program and I haven't had any luck. I have a z68xp-ud4 motherboard and I have tried running the Secure Erase in the IDE mode and AHCI mode without any positive results. This program have worked for me in the pass but now since changing from the ep45-ud3p mobo I can't get it to work. What would be preventing the Secure Erase program from working? Any help would be most appreciated. I have updated to the latest BIOS on the Crucial M4 ssd drive fromthe 0009 update. Maybe it's time to rma the ssd. There is no password lock on the ssd drive.

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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    What program are you using, try Parted magic.

    Here is a guide
    How to securely erase an SSD drive | How To - CNET
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    Parted Magic is the program I've been using but for some reason it just doesn't work now. I believe from the link you just gave me is the answer to my problem. The link for securely erasing an ssd form Cnet. My problem is I'm not using the Parted Magic 64bit version for Windows 7 64bit. I was assuming that the 32bit program would do the job but I was wrong. The program will run all the way up to where your disk ejects out and then the screen goes blank. Does this sound right Acebmxer? Before when I was running Parted Magic I was using a Windows 7 32bit program. Now since changing mobos, (z68xp-ud4) I have switch over to 64bit and didn't consider this when trying to run Parted Magic. Thank you soooooo much!
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    I wouldnt think that the program would care what OS is installed on a drive its about to erase. Especially when it boots to a linux environment. I have tried to download the 64bit version and see if it makes a difference?

    Edit - Do you mean the part where it says that the system has to enter sleep mode? You cant wake the system back up?
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    No I mean when you set the program to run from Ram it continues until it temporary installs the Parted Magic program on your computer and then it rejects you cd if that is the media you are using. After the cd rejects out normally that is when the Parted Magic program comes up but instead I get a black screen.

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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    Wazza300 recently used Parted Magic to secure erase his ssd.
    I'm pretty sure that he used a bootable usb or cd.
    You might be able to find the TT thread by using the forum's advanced search feature and searching with secure erase parted wazza.
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    Maybe try system defaults before you try to boot parted magic. It can sometimes not open but not too often. It has been working fine for me and my M4's.

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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    it worked fine for me,burnt iso to a cd i think either that or put on a kingston usb stick
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    HDDErase should work fine for you too, are you the user I was advising at Crucial forums?
    Re: How to erase m4 ssd back to factory settings r... - Page 2 - Crucial Community

    Ahh, yes I see it is you, did you try what I mentioned here
    Re: Secure Erasing the SSD - Crucial Community

    If you can't get it, do you still have your P45? If so, fire it up and wipe the drive, then get it back on your Z68 system

    I'll setup my Z68 this afternoon (Or here shortly) and verify for you what ports and settings you need to use, just so we're all sure on this.
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    Default Re: Secure Erasing an SSD Drive

    Setting up Z68 now, I'll let you know what port and BIOS settings you need to use for HDDErase

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