secure erase or just repartition SSD

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  1. jcampbell1070 macrumors member

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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.
     
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  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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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.
     
  5. jcampbell1070 thread starter macrumors member

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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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    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.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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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 ;)
     
  7. jcampbell1070 thread starter macrumors member

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    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
     

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