SSD Secure Erase Freeze Lock

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by WC Annihilus, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. WC Annihilus

    WC Annihilus Member

    Jul 8, 2008
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    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
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  3. razel

    razel Golden Member

    May 14, 2002
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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.