How to Secure Erase Your OCZ SSD Using a Bootable Linux CD

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Here’s a guide on How to Secure Erase Your OCZ SSD Using a Bootable Linux CD. Keep in mind that secure erasing your drive will destroy all data and some additional steps maybe needed to restore your SSD to its previous performance levels as a slight drop in performance may be notice temporarily. This method can be used on Indilinx single controller drives, Sandforce based drives and PCIe SSDs such as the RevoDrive and RevoDrive 2.

Here are some precautionary steps to take before booting up your PC:

  1. Enable your SATA controller to AHCI in your BIOS.
  2. Download the latest .ISO file from the Parted Magic website . Use your preferred burning program to create a boot disk with the .ISO file. NOTE: ISO Recorder is a free software that offers “burning” capabilities.
  3. Place the CD into the drive and set your system to boot from the boot disk in the BIOS.
  4. WARNING: If you’re secure erasing the RevoDrive, RevoDrive 2 or the IBIS SSD, your RAID array should first be broken from within the RAID Utility before proceeding with Secure Erase. NOTE: Instructions  for deleting and setting up a RAID array are located at the end of this guide.

Here’s How to Secure Erase a Drive…

Boot into the Linux CD. Select “Default settings (Runs from RAM)”.

Once on the desktop, click the Start Menu button and then go to “System Tools” and then click on “Erase Disk”.

Select “Internal: Secure Erase command writes zeroes to entire data area”. Then click “Continue”.

Select the SSD you want to secure erase and then click “OK”.

The password Null will be present by default (NOTE: this is the only password that can be used). Click “OK” to continue.

A pop-up will appear asking if you want to continue with the secure erase. Click “Yes”.

A Pop-up will appear stated the “Secure erase command has been executed against the selected drive”.

When the pop up closes, the secure erase process has completed and the system can be shut down.

Secure Erase is completed!

NOTE:  For those with a Revodrive , RevoDrive 2 or IBIS, you must re-create the RAID array you deleted prior to secure erasing the drives. Instructions can be found below under “How to Create a RAID Array”.

How to Delete RAID Array

During boot up, press “Ctrl +S” or “F4” to enter the raid utility.

Once in the RAID Configuration Utility, select “Delete RAID set” and press “Enter”. The Logical Drive “Sil Raid0 Set” should be selected. Press “Enter”. It will now ask you “Are You Sure (Y/N)?” press “Y” to delete the RAID array.

If successful, there should be no RAID sets shown in the “LOGICAL DRIVE” window. You should just see “Reserved Drives”. Press “Crtl-E” to exit the RAID Configuration Utility and reboot the system.

During boot up, there should be no RAID set present.

How to Create a RAID Array

During boot up, press “Ctrl +S” or “F4” to enter the raid utility.

Once in the RAID Configuration Utility, Select “Create RAID set” and press “Enter”. Select “RAID0″ and press “Enter”.

The next screen will allow you to set the Chunk (stripe) Size. Either choose “Auto Configuration” or “Manual Configuration”. Auto Configuration will determine the optimal chunk size for the setup. Manual Configuration will allow you to choose an appropriate chunk size. After determining a chunk size, press “Enter”.

Now select the appropriate drive to be part of the array. Under “PHYSICAL DRIVE” select Drive “0″ and press Enter. In this case, you will do the same for drive “1″.

Once both drives are selected , input the RAID array  size. NOTE: Default selection is all available space on the drives. The RAID size can be reduced for over provisioning. Press “Enter”.

Press “Y”.

Press “Ctrl-E” to exit the RAID Utility and reboot the system.

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