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I posted in SSDs, but ultimately it came down to repair under Linux and people in the SSD part of the forum recommended to raise the issue here:
I upgraded to an nvme and decided to use the Sandisk Dashboard Secure Erase on my "old" SanDisk Ultra II 960Gb SSD. The drive is out of warranty as of sometimes January 2019 and now is May 2019. The SanDisk Dashboard showed 94% of life remaining right before Secure Erase. Secure Erase started, went quite quickly and then showed a success message, then the SSD suddenly disappeared. I don't see it in the Windows device manager, I don't see it in the Disk management and I don't see it in UEFI.
In Windows it can only be seen during Windows installation as a 0Mb drive (disk0 in Diskpart). The Diskpart command "clean" works, but "clean all" or "create partition primary" throws errors "The System Cannot Find the File Specified", while CMD accepts bootrec /fixmbr, but shows Access Denied in /fixboot. Anyway, I was suggested to address this in the Linux part of the forum.
In Linux Mint (the only Linux I tried about 10years ago) I used fdisk -L, gparted and gsmartcontrol and in all cases the SSD didn't show up. The only thing showing up in Linux is that ata2 (or ata4 or ata7 - depending on which sata controller I connected it to), showed "comreset failed" etc. I cannot use "hdparm" command method, to unlock a password (aparently SanDisk password protects its ssds upon failed Secure Erase), because there is no /dev/sdX address for the drive. I've tried anyway, from sdb to sdg, no luck.
I have no clue if it makes sense to insist on saving this SSD, but I guess someone with better knowledge may give me a proper answer?
I am not trained in Linux whatsoever, this is all suggested or poking fingers into what I think might be the "right thing" and googling bits and pieces, so if anyone knows how to deal with such cases help, please!
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Last edited by DarthFK; 05-19-2019 at 11:41 PM.