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WD Blue in "security frozen state"


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#1 unopie

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:15 PM

Hi, I had just purchased a WD Blue 250gb SSD as m y first SSD. I've installed it and have downloaded the Dashboard tool that was on the website.

 

Anyways, I tried to perform a secure erase just before I used it, but it won't allow me to because it's in a security frozen state. I followed the steps it gave me, but they didn't help.

 

Overall the SSD works fine, it's just I can't wipe it.

 

Here is speccy if it helps:

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:31 PM

Is there any reason you need to secure erase? If not selling it a normal format will take care of any previous data.

 

Putting the computer to sleep and then waking it can unfreeze the drive. Also disconnecting the power cable and reconnecting will unfreeze the drive.

 

https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16678/~/secure-erase-and-sanitize

 

See this article on the linux command hdparm

 

http://www.stevenmaude.co.uk/posts/securely-erasing-frozen-hard-disks-with-hdparm

 

Parted Magic has a wizard that does it. The disk cost $9

 

https://partedmagic.com/secure-erase/


Edited by JohnC_21, 21 July 2017 - 08:44 PM.


#3 unopie

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:45 PM

No, it just seemed weird that I couldn't do it. Thanks for your links.






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