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How completely erase SSDs?

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Now getting to the stage where I have SSDs coming to end of life or being given away to home users.
How to clean them?
I use Darik's Boot & Nuke on traditional disks.
Some manufacturers come with tools which might or might not work. But some do not.
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Question by:Carol Chisholm
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Read about the two utilities, Secure Erase and Parted Magic, that fit the bill with screen instructions for the later at the following page:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20115106-285/how-to-securely-erase-an-ssd-drive/ >
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by:Nick Rhode
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DBAN is up in the air for I dug into this issue before.  Just to be safe i went what was recommended on various forums and also posted above by aadih.  Otherwise you would check the manufacturers site for their utilities.  Example is western digital, they have their data lifeguard tools which diagnoses the drive or you can write zeros to the disk etc.

Good Article here

http://www.overclock.net/t/1231043/safe-to-run-dban-on-an-ssd/10
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Carolch - why only accept one answer?
i believe we all gave you good methods for erasing SSD's
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by:Carol Chisholm
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I used the first one and it solved my problem, more or less, Still not confident I can really erase these things.
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