Apologies if this is not the correct place to post this topic; I thought it was relevant to general security and was not sure where else to post it.
I feel like I am going insane. I have been researching how to securely "wipe" an SSD for hours and I am still coming up empty. Here is why:
Situation: I want to return my laptop (Acer Aspire Switch 10, 32 bit, Windows 8.1) to the manufacturer as it has never worked properly. I have had sensitive documents saved on the laptop and would like to ensure that they are unrecoverable before I return it. My drive is unencrypted.
Problem: All guides I have found for securely erasing data from an SSD do not appear applicable to me because:
(1) They require more computer knowledge than I have. All of the SSD secure erase how-to guides I have come across appear to be made for people with much greater computer knowledge than me. Reading their instructions (with mentions of SATA ports and BIOS settings) has left me face-palmed each time. I know from what I've read that attempting an SSD secure erase could ruin the disc if done improperly.
(2) They suggest going to the drive's manufacturer and searching for SSD secure erase facility. If I have read this page correctly, Intel does not have an SSD toolbox that supports my drive (Intel Atom Z3735F).
(3) They suggest using Windows 8.1 Disk Management to erase the disk. When I follow these instructions (eg on this site) they don't work - my drive isn't partitioned and I don't have the option to delete it.
Does anyone have a suggestion for how to help?
Edited by katwmn6, 17 November 2015 - 10:07 AM.