Your computer is only as fast as its slowest component, and in most cases the slowest component is the hard drive. The Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe is one of the fastest solid state drives you can buy on the market. Installing an NVMe drive such as this one can supercharge your computer and will make boot times and application launch times very fast. It will also help with data transfer speeds if you have the need to transfer large files often. If you are looking into buying a new drive, especially if it will be your boot drive where your operating system sits you should definitely look into purchase an M.2 NVMe drive if your motherboard supports it as these are the fastest drives currently available.
UPDATE: Those looking to purchase an M.2 NVMe drive should consider buying the Samsung 960 Evo drive as it gives you the best bang for your buck in terms of performance/cost.
Write down the serial number of your SSD drive that you want to erase, either using the Samsung Magician software or by physically looking at the bottom of the SSD drive.
Keep your computer case open and make sure you have access to the power cable connected to the SSD drive
Boot up from the Samsung SSD Secure Erase Utility CD or USB
When you get to the disclaimer and warning message, press Y
Drive scan will commence and may take a few minutes
Once the scan is complete it will list all the drives it found
Locate the drive number that contains the serial number for the drive you are trying to secure wipe and write down this number (e.g. 01, 02, 03)
The program will then ask you for each drive in the list if you want to wipe it, if the drive displayed matches the serial number of the drive you want to secure wipe press Y, otherwise press N to continue through the list
At this point if you pressed Y and you get the error message “The selected drive is in a Frozen state” you will need to follow the steps below, otherwise if the secure wipe completed successfully you are done
To get passed the Frozen state error you will actually need to disconnect the SATA power cable from your SSD drive while the computer is on
After you have disconnected the SATA power cable from the SSD drive go back to the program and press the Esc key
Program will then proceed to ask you if you want to wipe any additional drives, just keep pressing N until you get passed the last drive
Then it will take a few minutes and it will exit to a DOS command prompt window
Once you see the black screen with the A:\SAMSUNG\SECERASE command prompt you will need to connect back the SATA power cable to the SSD drive (this unfreezes the drive) while your computer is still on (do not turn off your computer at any point)
Now go back to the command prompt and type: dir
The dir command will list the contents of the CD or USB drive
At the bottom you should see a file named SEGUI0.EXE
At the prompt you will need to type: SEGUI0.EXE /s and then press the Enter key
Now repeat steps 5 through 10 again and this time the utility should be able to perform the secure erase on the drive without the Frozen drive warning