Wiping a live SSD before fresh installation of Win 7

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  1. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

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    The Crucial M100 SSD of the computer I am writing this is infected. There was no way to clean it, so after wasting several days trying to do just that, I have decided to do a clean install the identical win7 ulti 32 instead. Because that will only take three to four hours....

    For understandable reasons I want to wipe or reformat the SSD completely. What is the best way to go about that?

    THank You
     
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    #3 Flipp3r, Aug 30, 2016
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    Boot your Win7 install media. When it loads and stops at the 1st screen, press SHIFT+F10 to open a command prompt. Then use the following to wipe disk 0:
    Code:
    diskpart
    select disk 0
    clean
    exit
    exit
    I am assuming disk 0 is the SSD... "List Disk" will list all drives...
     
  4. kaljukass

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    To wipe SSD - it may end so, that You need to buy a new.
     
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  5. Joe C

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    Why do you think that low formatting an SSD will kill it?
     
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    On mechanical (magnetic) drives, residual magnetic flux was a security concern.
    A person could remove the drive platters in a nitrogen filled glove box and attach high performance magnetic amps, this would allow them to read some of the previous data.

    On SSDs, this is not a concern. However, too many writes could be a concern, if you didn't have a CPU making sure that doesn't happen.
     
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  10. Flipp3r

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    #10 Flipp3r, Aug 30, 2016
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    Guys, the "clean" command works like a quick format wiping the partition structure. "clean all" will secure erase the whole drive.
    Even if you "clean all", it won't kill the ssd.
    In windows 10 if you Reset the PC and "remove files and clean the drive" it takes ours - because it's similar to the "clean all" command (it won't wipe itself).
     
  11. ThomasMann

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    #12 ThomasMann, Aug 30, 2016
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    Thank you, that sounds easy..
     
  12. ThomasMann

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    Maybe.... maybe not.... better than using an infected one right? :D
     
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    #14 kaljukass, Aug 30, 2016
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    You're so funny. Do you really not understand that SSD and HDD are completely different things? And there cannot be used the same metods and tools!
     
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  14. ThomasMann

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    I have been runnig about 20 different softwares to get rid off the virus, you are welcome to read through my prvious thread. I only want to re-install because nothing works....
     
  15. ThomasMann

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    Thanks, I am aware of the problem, thanks, but that does not chneg the fact that I need to wipe it. I like ten idea of a "nitrogen filled glove box and attach high performance magnetic amps"
     
  16. ThomasMann

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    Thanks, so what would the correct code look like? ( I am too old to be good at code, so I am asking.... ;) )
     
  17. Flipp3r

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    If it doesn't work for you just use 1 of the mentioned tools...
     
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