secure erase or just repartition SSD

jcampbell1070

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i have an owc 120gb mercury extreme pro 6g. i plan on reinstalling lion fresh. do i need to somehow use a security erase or can i just partition/format like a raw drive. i don't want to slow the ssd down.
 

alphaod

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If you are able to use Secure Erase, that would be best before you partition it to reinstall the OS.
 

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Wouldn't do a secure erase on an ssd personally unless your dumping the drive.
 

jcampbell1070

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i have heard of ATA secure erase. will that work? im going to read up on it.

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Wouldn't do a secure erase on an ssd personally unless your dumping the drive.

if i didnt do a secure erase will garbage collection reset the blocks once i reinstall lion and let it idol over night for a few nights.
 

alphaod

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A secure erase take 3 seconds.

It's resets all the cells to zero. Essentially it'll be in factory like condition. Don't have to limit this to when you're dumping the drive ;)
 

jcampbell1070

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A secure erase take 3 seconds.

It's resets all the cells to zero. Essentially it'll be in factory like condition. Don't have to limit this to when you're dumping the drive ;)
thanks for the reply. do you or anyone else reading this could tell me what secure erase program to use or any info or links for a OWC SSD. thanks