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I would say "unnecessary" and "ineffective" rather than "bad" - at least for newer generation SSDs.
Most "wipe" programs default to 1 or maybe 3 passes. A small handful of "writes" is not going to hurt, or put excessive wear, on a SSD - even an older generation SSD. And even if you went to super-duper military specs and selected 256 passes. So what? Why are you trying to secure-erase a SSD anyway - except to get rid of the drive?
The bigger problem, as I see it, is TRIM, overprovisioning and wear-leveling features used on SSDs will actually prevent the wipe program from touching each and every storage location on the disk - which is necessary to ensure "all" previously stored data has been obliterated.
So a "wipe" program - that is, a program that over-writes files - is "unnecessary" because the erase/delete function used on SSDs does not leave data behind in the same manner as a hard drive for a recovery program to restore, nor does it leave residual magnetism behind that Agent 007 could read. And a wipe program is "ineffective" because the wear leveling features prevents such wipe programs from writing a bunch of random 1s and 0s to each and every storage location.
So, if you want to ensure all previously stored data on a hard drive is unrecoverable, use a wipe program. If you want to ensure all previously stored data on a SSD is unrecoverable, use Secure Erase. Most SSD makers provide free secure erase utilities on their websites. And more and more motherboard BIOS firmware include "secure erase" right from the BIOS Setup Menu.
And if you really, once and for all want to ensure your data is unrecoverable, use a drive shredder.
Are you kidding?
You can buy 1TB drives with under 100TB life spans (WD green 960GB is only 80TBW) , and you think eating up a bunch of those cycles wont hurt?
If these erase programs aren't matching up perfectly with the drive itself, each 1KB it overwrites could result in many more writes being actually used on TLC and QLC drives, multiplying the issue massively.
And yet you think TRIM, the only feature that can possibly prevent the drive dying from this abuse is the issue...