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Old 04-01-2010, 08:02 AM   #1
WC Annihilus
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Default SSD Secure Erase Freeze Lock

Is there any easy way to bypass the BIOS freeze lock to run secure erase besides hotplugging the drives? And if not, is there any reasonable alternative to secure erase? I just want to be able to clean and rebuild my RAID array without dealing with going into my case and fiddling in there. Motherboard is MSI P55-GD65 BIOS 1.6 set to IDE and drives are 3x Kingston X25-V's. I've tried both Parted Magic and hdparm in GPart. Both HDDErase 3.3 and 4.0 freeze on the screen past the agreements without showing any drives
Core i5 750 3.8GHz@1.3v under OCZ Vendetta 2
MSI P55-GD65
3x Kingston X25-V RAID0
2x Evga 9600GT SSC SLI
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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Check your BIOS and enable IDE mode or disable ACHI, remember to enable ACHI again after you're done. Otherwise, only way I got it done was to hot swap (plug and unplug) the drive just before executing hdparm.

However I did run into some situations where the after the secure-erase in hdparm, the drive did not reset the password back to blank. So make sure you remember the password.
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