When the ATA Secure Erase command is initiated, the SSD undergoes a reset, clearing all its storage units. This command effectively erases all data stored in the solid-state storage drive, including data and block management tables, ensuring irreversible data destruction. The duration to carry out this function varies depending on the SSD’s capacity; for instance, a 512GB solid-state drive may take about 20 seconds to complete the process. Once this function is executed, the data becomes permanently unrecoverable.
This feature serves as a user-friendly data destruction method akin to electronic data shredding. By executing the ATA Secure Erase command, all user data and the associated management table within the SSD are completely erased, preventing any possibility of retrieval. Consequently, it ensures sensitive information’s secure disposal or protection against unauthorized access.
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