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Possible HPA on SSD

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  1. SCS1226

    SCS1226 Thread Starter

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    I believe there is an HPA on my SSD system drive as it is just slightly smaller than it was a week or so ago. HDAT2 is giving me no option to detect and OSForesics is giving me these error messages



    "Could not retrieve Max User LBA
    Could not retrieve Max Native LBA - GET NATIVE MAX Command issue failed
    Could not retrieve Max Disk LBA - DCO Locked"

    I get the same dco locked message with both programs when scanning my HDD but they can scan for HPAs just fine. Something else that was slightly peculiar was that when I first encrypted my SSD when the program went to detect and encrypt any found HPAs it crashed but worked fine when i encrypted without scanning for any.

    I am tempted to throw out my drives to be on the safe side but I would much rather find a fix for the problem


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  2. crjdriver

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    Why not just secure erase the ssd? Samsung has a utility for just this task OR you can use parted magic linux to secure erase one or both of the drives.

    Asus mb generally lock the ssd drive making secure erase more difficult. There is s work around for this OR just use the linux live disk [much easier] Once the drive is secure erased, clean install windows, programs, updates, etc. Done and no need to toss any drive.

    Here is a link to the last free version of parted magic;
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/parted_magic.html
     
  3. SCS1226

    SCS1226 Thread Starter

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    If there is a host protected area on the drive then those programs are not going to get rid of them when they erase the drive.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Do you have any idea what a secure erase is??? A secure erase is not a format, not a deletion of partitions or anything like that. It is done via the ssd's drive controller to flush the drive. There will be nothing on the drive; no partition, no file system, no hidden partition, nothing. It will be exactly like a new drive [excepting for physical wear of the nand]
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2015
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