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    Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Anyone know of a reliable usb bootable disk wipe program which will allow me to wipe my nvme drive?

    Its the system drive so need something bootable

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Crikey I thought you were talking about a windscreen attachment!

    The problem is if it is in use,there is still going to data on it?? Usually its the location records which are deleted during a normal format,so the bulk of the data is still there. To securely delete data,it needs to be overwritten with blank data entirely.

    Windows has a built-in utility called Cipher:
    https://www.majorgeeks.com/content/p...indows_10.html

    I have not used it myself but it might be worth a try??

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Lol And its the system drive so need something I can boot on a usb stick so I can delete the C: drive
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    I haven't used it in a while, but I know previous version of CC Cleaner could securely wipe SSDs (including those connected by USB). If it still supports secure erase, there's a free portable version which should run from a USB stick:

    https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Surely data wiping is one of the main reasons to have a bootable Linux disc or - far more likely these days - disk?

    Since the Linux kernel on bootable disk is generally quite new and supports lots of hardware, it should be able to find almost all drives no matter how connected.

    Problem is that the partitioning software on most live Linux distros installation images is GParted and it doesn't do secure erase AFAIK, so a command line tool like shred has to be used.

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    Lol And its the system drive so need something I can boot on a usb stick so I can delete the C: drive
    Oh,I thought you wanted to delete non-used parts of the drive. I would imagine as already suggested a bootable Linux disc??

    However,AFAIK manufacturer utilities have a secure delete function - so have you checked that too??

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    If you're using Samsung drives then the Samsung Magician software might do it.

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Samsung Magician that is installed in Windows? I might see an issue there

    Or are you talking about a bootable option? Will look into it, see if there is one
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    I think you use it to create a bootable USB.

    https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/su...ure-Erase-949/

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Good call, you can use it to create a bootable usb
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    I pulled it out - put it on a USB caddy and used CCleaner
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    My asus motherboard has a good one in the bios

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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kovoet View Post
    My asus motherboard has a good one in the bios
    Never heard that before. Can you remember where it is ?
    Society's to blame,
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    The MSI one on my board is in the BIOS under advanced.
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Though some people have had mixed results with it
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    Re: Bootable SSD Wiper?

    Using the manufacturer utility seems a really good idea. If the drive can be erased then that shouldn't wear the drive as much as overwriting the drive with blanking data (which will then need to be erased, burning an entire drive erase cycle).

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