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Corsair SSD Toolbox Software Overview - Better than Never - Secure Erase and Final Thoughts

By: Chris Ramseyer | Software in Storage | Posted: May 3, 2013 3:00 pm

Secure Erase Tool




You can't SE the drive you're booting from and you might not want to have the Corsair SSD Toolbox installed on the drive you're secure erasing either.




When you secure erase a SSD, you blast the NAND with voltage to erase everything. You will never get that data back, so make sure, literally double check the drive letter.




When I secure erased the drive it was full of IOMeter data so the procedure took a little longer. The bar actually went to 100% twice. We had the drive on a data logger to see the power spike during the secure erase process. Power went up during the first pass, but it settled down to an idle power state during the fast second pass.




That was much easier than finding my flash drive with Parted Magic.



Final Thoughts




We didn't mention it before, but the Corsair SSD Toolbox also has user guide / help file. We thumbed through the file and found a lot of useful information. The one piece of information is one that I'm sure every Corsair SSD own is asking right now, does this work with my Corsair XXXXXX SSD?


We asked Corsair that same question and they said the SSD Toolbox currently works with all Force 3, Force GT, Force GS, Neutron and Neutron GTX drives with full functionality. Most other Corsair SSDs can use most of the software in the toolbox, other than the firmware update feature.


The Corsair SSD Toolbox is exactly what Corsair needed to move to the next level. Corsair's advanced digital power supplies ship with software tools and it's time for their SSDs to have it as well. How great would it be if Corsair could merge Corsair Link and SSD Toolbox! I don't think that's on the horizon, but it would be a really cool, all-inclusive feature, which could later also link other potential and future Corsair hardware that can be controlled and monitored.


You can download the Corsair SSD Toolbox on Corsair's website now.

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