The Secure Erase function available in Intel® SSD Toolbox is considered a form of Low Level Format, and is used to "purge" or "zero" the drive.
Secure Erase is an unrecoverable operation that permanently deletes all data on an Intel SSD. Secure Erase executes the ATA Security Erase Unit command and the Enhanced Erase Mode command to eliminate not only the user data section of the SSD, but also the reserve data area; for the SSD 320 models, it also generates a new AES encryption key, rendering any data remnants completely unrecoverable. This makes Secure Erase different from a standard delete or format operation.
You can find additional details about Secure Erase in the following documents:
Intel® Solid-State Drive Toolbox User Guide, pages 27-29.
If you run a Secure Erase with Intel® SSD toolbox before re-purposing the drives, the data on them will be removed beyond forensic reconstruction.
Here are some additional considerations:
- Secure Erase under Windows can be complicated since the drives will frequently be in a Security Freeze Lock state. If you encounter this condition, you may want to use the HDPARM utility under Linux.
- Please be aware that the re-sold drives will not have a warranty from Intel to the purchaser. Our warranty is only valid for the original purchaser of the drive and is not ‘transferable’.