At this time, Intel does not provide a bootable tool that would allow formatting or doing a secure erase to the Intel® SSD 750 Series.
As you mentioned, the most common and recommended way to run the secure erase is booting from a different hard drive, with the 750 as secondary drive, however, that requires an additional boot drive, or a different computer. We will definitely consider your feedback about this, however, we cannot confirm if a different tool will provided in the future.
In our best effort, here is some additional information for your consideration:
- Use a bootable USB or Optical media to initialize the PC. We would advise to research about available options and choose one that fulfills your requirement.
Linux kernel 3.3 had a stable NVMe driver version included and various distributions have back ported the driver to previous kernel versions (eg:Linux kernel 3.10 and higher). It may also be possible to create bootable media with Windows* installations.
You can try to do it from the WinPE installation environment from a Windows installation disc.
Install either the 32bit or 64bit version of the Intel SSD Data Center Tool that Jonathan linked earlier.
Now copy the folder C:\isdct to a removable media like a USB stick or integrate it with your Windows installation media.
Next boot your computer from the installation media and continue up to where you can choose a driver.
At this stage you must load the Intel NVMe driver for your OS, when this is done don't press continue.
Instead press Shift+F10 which will bring up a command prompt, switch to the folder where you have copied isdct.
If you are not sure which driveletter it is on you can check by starting: diskpart(enter) then type list volume(enter)
Now you should see what driveletter corresponds to the media where you have put isdct.
Exit(enter) out of diskpart and press D:(enter) or which driveletter you saw corresponds previously.
Then type cd isdct(enter) and finally you should be able to launch isdct.exe.
Note that you can't use the 32bit version of isdct in a 64bit installation media because the installation media lacks WoW64
Thnaks for your reply and your recommendations.
I hope you guys reconsider and make something about it, cause its unbelievable that you (INTEL) don't have easy solutions ready for us, especially when we have paid a huge amount of money for your high end stuff (intel 750) and even lower end companies provide such stuff from day one!
*Btw still waiting for a bug fix/firmware update about the hdd led activity on 750 pciex version... Hope you reconsider that too, cause its been a while now, and no one isn't even answering our post!