How to make sure a SSD is clean.

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  1. Larrabee213, Nov 2, 2017
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    Larrabee213 macrumors regular

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    Is there anyway to make sure a SSD from a used MacBook Pro is completely clean? To make sure there is no tracking software or anything weird from a previous owner?

    Is disk utility from boot up sufficient?
     
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  3. Larrabee213 thread starter macrumors regular

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    2015 Macbook Pro 15. But from some research, the standard erase is fine. The secure erases were only needed for hard disk drives.
     
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    I would delete all partitions, erase, and clean install high Sierra.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    If you really, REALLY want to "clean off" the internal SSD, do this:

    1. Get ahold of "Parted Magic".
    2. Burn it to a bootable CD
    3. Boot from the Parted Magic CD
    4. Open the disk formatting app (don't recall its exact name), and issue the "Secure ATA" reset against the internal drive.
    5. That WILL reset it to "as from the factory".

    Of course, one needs a DVD/CD drive with which to do this.
    It -might- be possible to create a bootable USB drive, but I've not tried it...
     

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