How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase for SSDs, updated for PCIe and M.2 NVMe

Why might you need a fast and easy way to quickly wipe all the data off any brand of SSD including PCIe NVMe and/or M.2 NVMe drives? I covered the SATA version of this back here: How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab's abused SSDs This article is just an…

Oct 22 2016

How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab's abused SSDs

Use Parted Magic to help maintain your 2.5" (laptop sized) SSDs in one of many ways: retry an older SSD (pre-2012) that is acting up, or performing slowly reuse an SSD that you want to give to somebody else in your family repurpose an SSD for testing out clean installs, such as the…

Jan 22 2015

Using Task Manager and Resource Monitor to figure out what's going behind the scenes in Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8

Ready to geek out for a bit, and hopefully learn a little something new? Particularly if you really haven't "played" with the spiffy new Task Manager and Resource Monitor UIs that Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 offer. These new versions of ancient Windows applications are far more than…

Sep 7 2012

USB 3.0 thumb drive speeds vary widely, here's a quick and easy way to test them

Consider giving this simple site a try yourself, usbflashspeed.com where you can see user-contributed test results for many thumb drives.  See also a nice review of the site over here. For me, I made sure I had the latest/recommended USB 3.0 2.1.32.0 driver installed for my tZilla laptop from…

Aug 14 2012