So I’ve got a 256GB SSD that used to be my primary drive that I want to erase, and start using for other things (scenery storage, DCS, whatever).
Anyone have experience reformatting this? The Samsung Magician software has a secure erase feature, but it requires a usb drive to create a bootable disk to perform the secure erase, which seems rather tedious, since the only external usb drives I have would also need to be reformatted first to allow that to happen.
Just want to know what I’m getting into. If no one has done it, I’ll be happy to go researching… just figured I’d get some friendly advice from people I know before turning to the wilds of the interwebz.
FYI you can reformat an SSD like any standard drive using the Windows/OS of your choice tools. The secure erase is a different matter, Windows doesn’t support that for SSDs or any type of storage so separate utils are needed.
I have been using an 850 Evo as my 512GB C: drive for 2 years now, and this month I finally replaced one of my standard 1TB drivers with a new WD Blue 1TB SSD. The cost was over $40 less than the 850 Evo 1TB which oddly hasn’t budged on price in forever.
Benchmarks indicate it reads just as fast as the 850 Evo, but writes a bit slower. That’s fine, as I’m using it for a games storage drive and other than initial installation and patching, writes occur only seldom. Reading happens all the time, though, so that’s what I care about.
My issue with the secure erase would be that those algorithms are based on multiple writes to the entire drive. That’s a lot of write cycles to erase a drive that has limited lifespan - you’d be using up a big chunk of the drives useful life just to reformat it.