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12-Sep-2013, 10:55 PM #1
Solved: Secure Erase failed
Hi, I downloaded the latest OCZ bootup toolbox and upgraded the firmware to version 2.25 for my Vertex 3 Max iops and then shut down and ran the toolbox again. I then tried to secure erase the ssd in order to reinstall windows but get the message that secure erase failed, internal error. Can anyone help me with this???
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12-Sep-2013, 11:23 PM #2
No reason to secure erase if you are keeping the drive. The reinstallation of OS/drivers/software will overwrite the disk.
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13-Sep-2013, 03:10 PM #3
Actually there is a reason to secure erase a ssd. This is not the same thing as wiping a mech hd. When you do multiple installs, very heavy read/writes OR you have an os that does not support TRIM, the drive slows down or throttles itself. A secure erase removes the throttling and restores performance to the ssd.

Next I always use linux parted magic to secure erase ssd type drives. Give parted magic a try;
http://partedmagic.com/doku.php
It is also very useful for other drive tasks, ie file rescue, partitioning, etc.
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13-Sep-2013, 05:23 PM #4
contact OCZ and see what they have to say............ the vertex carry a 3 yr warranty
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15-Sep-2013, 10:06 PM #5
Already reloaded
I was in a rush and there was only 1 suggestion, so I followed
Oddba11
suggestion and just reinstalled with the windows 7 disk Windows 7 does have trim so I hope everything will be alright. All my programs are reloaded now and everything seems to be okay.
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