Questions tagged [ssd]

A solid-state drive (SSD, also known as a solid-state disk although it contains neither an actual disk nor a drive motor to spin a disk) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently.

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How to erase as much as possible an SSD without ATA Secure Erase?

The question is almost completely answered. However, more details are still needed. See Update 2 down here. I've learnt that the ATA Secure Erase is uncorrectly implemented in SSDs (sources are down ...
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Does the ATA Trim command irrecoverably delete data on an SSD?

I occasionally see people reference the difficulty of deleting data from an Solid State Disk. Because of the nature of SSDs (wear leveling, etc), simply writing to the same sector of the disk doesn't ...
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Wiping an SSD with Parted Magic seemed too quick

I'm selling a computer with an SSD (it's a Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1). I wiped the drive using Parted Magic. I used the ATA method. I'm not sure what that is but it was the only setting available. It ...
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Using FileVault on a Mac with existing data

I have recently got a Mac which I have started using already without any encryption while looking for the best solution. I have come to the conclusion that using Mac's own file encryption technology ...
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Does full disk encryption offer mitigation in the case of the firmware of an SSD being compromised?

Suppose the firmware of an SSD or HDD has been compromised by rogue actors either through "interdiction" (interception) or via the internet. They are able to exfiltrate data and conduct surveillance ...
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How secure is hardware Full disk encryption (FDE) for SSD's

Is there any research as to how secure hardware encryption of SSD's is - for example Samsung EVO 850? Or at least any articles that explain how it works?
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Password managers and SSD wear and tear

I've been looking at this topic for a long time, and am still paranoid about this. I have an 1 TB SSD with Ubuntu 16.04 on it. From what I have read, using disk encryption is bad for an SSD due to ...
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How BIOS password stored internally?

Is password hashed before saving to CMOS? Which hash algorithm is used? How much storage is dedicated for passwords? What is about passwords of SSD with AES? Does BIOS save it inside drive (just ...
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OPAL SSD full-disk encryption and key generation

So modern solid-state drives often support OPAL standard for full-disk encryption. If I understand correctly, it uses a user password to encrypt a key which is then in turn used to encrypt content of ...
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SSD Erasure verification

I was hoping someone would be able to give some advise on what would be the best way to verify that an SSD has been erased completely. We are currently using Blancco v5 and even though it says it has ...
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If I switch to LUKS on an SSD, have I just wiped it?

I have been using an SSD with no system-level encryption. If I now switch to full disk encryption using LUKS + LVM, do I effectively wipe the old data, or is it still hanging around until overwritten?