lost password on crucial m550 would like to format it and start over

Kilobyte Kid

lost password on crucial m550 would like to format it and start over

Does anyone know how to format a security locked crucial m550

I tried storage executive pro but it does not seem to work

 

can I use linux to format the drive like knoppix or something.  let me know

Id like to format and use the drive again

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: lost password on crucial m550 would like to format it and start over

The storage exec option you're looking to wipe a drive without a password is 'PSID Revert'

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Re: lost password on crucial m550 would like to format it and start over

@hibrad 

There are realistically three types of locks a drive could have.

 

  • Software encrypted partition: Simply performing a diskpart clean on the SSD would suffice in this case to let you format and use the drive.
  • ATA Password: You need to use a 3rd party program to remove an ATA lock, doing a web search for "removing ATA password" will find ways to remove this, most are linux related.
  • Hardware encryption: If you forgot a hardware encryption password, a PSID revert using storage executive will reset the drive and allow you to use it. Make sure the SSD is connected with a SATA connection, as reverts are not always possible over USB.




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JEDEC Jedi

Re: lost password on crucial m550 would like to format it and start over

I'm not sure why this thread was created when the same question but with more details was discussed in this thread.  The final answer depends on the answer to the question asked here.  If the drive had a "Master" ATA password activated, then perhaps it can still be unlocked or erased using Linux.  Otherwise the SSD would need to be installed into another identical laptop (or perhaps similar model) to unlock it.  If not, then there is no way to salvage the drive.