The Spirit of Morpheus wrote:
I did a massive HW Upgrade approx. 2 months ago (new MB, new CPU, new memory, new GPU and new SSD in addition to new HDD, new optical drive and now also a new case). The new Motherboard is the ASUS Maximus X Hero flashed to the latest BIOS version (1801) via USB BIOS Flashback (without CPU being present at the time). A few weeks ago, I started to assemble the new parts together and with my new case having arrived just recently, I'm finally done assembling and the PC is running fine since a few days - at least, I cannot see or find any defects or issues on ANY of the above mentioned components;)
Now, I want to Secure Erase my NVMe SSD (Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus 1TB, M.2 (PCIe x4), released to market End January 2019, no new firmware available yet...), after having already done the same to my HDD. There are 3 ways I can do this: 1.) Secure Erase/Enhanced Secure Erase via Linux command line, 2.) Secure Erase via manufacturer-provided method (preparing a SE bootstick with Samsung Magician software) and 3.) Secure Erase directly from the BIOS/UEFI (Tools -> Secure Erase). With the latest BIOS version 1801, my Maximus X Hero now also supports SE for NVMe-SSDs!
I want to do method 3.) first, but the above mentioned SSD is not listed in the QVL for Secure Erase (and neither is the regular 970 Evo - the latest Samsung NVMe models listed in the QVL are the 960 Series), which is quite understandable since the "Plus" model came to market AFTER the latest BIOS Update for M10H was released, which was in End December 2018. In particular, I was scared by this warning that is displayed in the "Secure Erase" menu of the "Tools" section:
"WARNING: Ensure that you run Secure Erase on a compatible SSD. Running Secure Erase on an incompatible SSD will render the SSD totally unusuable.
NOTE: For the list of Secure Erase-compatible SSDs, visit the ASUS Support site at www.asus.com/support"
I don't know, what to do now - I don't want to brick my new-purchased SSD, that's for sure...
Why not do it with the Samsung secure erase. That will work and is safest.
Why do you feel you need to secure erase it?
In doing some more research, it appears there is both a secure erase as well as a sanitize function in parted magic, and I'm not sure which type Asus refers to in the bios.
Older drives could only secure erase while newer can also sanitize. Secure erase would just remove the drives mapping table, while sanitize for newer drives actually removes the table plus all data.