Secure Erasing an Intel 320 from Optibay


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Jun 1, 2011
Planet earth.
I've got a 2011 MacBook Pro thats been modified to hold two hard drives; the stock hard drive and a 120gb Intel 320 SSD drive. On my 750gb HD drive I have two partitions on it, one for which I use to hold documents and the other for Windows 7.

I want to wipe everything on my 120gb SSD boot drive. It's got a lot of crap on it that I don't want and many applications would be great if reinstalled.

Is it possible to secure erase the SSD while booted into Windows 7? If so, what software do I use?

Thank you!


macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
I'm a rolling stone.
Youre thnking of 'Secure Delete'

I want to secure *erase* an SSD so as to not harm the longevity of the drive. I wish it were as easy as ' zeroing out the data, but that causes more writes which screws the SSD more so.
The way you want it is probably not possible, it will always overwrite the disk, whether it is secure delete, secure delete or zeroing out.
I don't see the difference here.
What you try to do is to get rid of all the data with as few writes as possible to prevent the disk from "aging".
I though it is less of a problem lately.
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