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Dante_1987

Intel SSDSC2BW18 format without knowing MasterPassword

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Hi All,

I bought a "Intel SSDSC2BW18" 180gb from marktplaats.nl (sort of ebay but dutch)

The problem is there is a password installed (User & Master). I don't know the password and the guy doesn't answer his phone anymore.

What if tried to secure erase it:

1.) Windows doesn't recognize the SSD, so i used latest UBCD and/or Parted Magic (2014-04-28)

2.) I have a parted magic log file for failing the secure erase (it also fails when i disable "enhanced", no log file...yet)

Parted Magic 2014_04_28 (hdparm v9.43) Secure Erase Log

Started: Thu Sep 4 21:18:22 UTC 2014
Finished: Thu Sep 4 21:18:28 UTC 2014

INTEL SSDSC2BW18 (/dev/sda) SERIAL NUMBER: CVCV309508F0180EGN SIZE:167.7G RESULTS:Erase Failed
Secure Erase Method: Enhanced Secure Erase

==================================================
INTEL SSDSC2BW18 (/dev/sda)
==================================================

hdparm v9.43

/dev/sda:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: INTEL SSDSC2BW180A3H
Serial Number: CVCV309508F0180EGN
Firmware Revision: LCSi
Transport: Serial, SATA Rev 3.0
Standards:
Used: unknown (minor revision code 0xffff)
Supported: 9 8 7 6 5
Likely used: 9
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors: 16514064
LBA user addressable sectors: 268435455
LBA48 user addressable sectors: 351651888
Logical Sector size: 512 bytes
Physical Sector size: 512 bytes
Logical Sector-0 offset: 0 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024: 171705 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000: 180045 MBytes (180 GB)
cache/buffer size = unknown
Nominal Media Rotation Rate: Solid State Device
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, no device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 16
Advanced power management level: 254
DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
* SMART feature set
* Security Mode feature set
* Power Management feature set
* Write cache
* Look-ahead
* WRITE_BUFFER command
* READ_BUFFER command
* NOP cmd
* DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
* Advanced Power Management feature set
* 48-bit Address feature set
* Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
* FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
* SMART error logging
* SMART self-test
* General Purpose Logging feature set
* 64-bit World wide name
* WRITE_UNCORRECTABLE_EXT command
* {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
* Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
* Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
* Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
* Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
* Phy event counters
* unknown 76[15]
* DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
Device-initiated interface power management
* Software settings preservation
* SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
* SCT Data Tables (AC5)
* reserved 69[3]
* reserved 69[4]
* Data Set Management TRIM supported (limit 1 block)
* Deterministic read data after TRIM
Security:
Master password revision code = 1
supported
enabled
locked
not frozen
not expired: security count
supported: enhanced erase
Security level high
4min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 2min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 55cd2e400001d9cf
NAA : 5
IEEE OUI : 5cd2e4
Unique ID : 00001d9cf
Checksum: correct

smartctl 6.2 2013-07-26 r3841 [i686-linux-3.14.2-pmagic] (local build)
Copyright © 2002-13, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model: INTEL SSDSC2BW180A3H
Serial Number: CVCV309508F0180EGN
LU WWN Device Id: 5 5cd2e4 00001d9cf
Firmware Version: LCSi
User Capacity: 180,045,766,656 bytes [180 GB]
Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate: Solid State Device
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: ACS-2 (minor revision not indicated)
SATA Version is: SATA 3.0, 3.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is: Thu Sep 4 21:18:28 2014 UTC
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status: (0x00) Offline data collection activity
was never started.
Auto Offline Data Collection: Disabled.
Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed
without error or no self-test has ever
been run.
Total time to complete Offline
data collection: ( 4395) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities: (0x77) SMART execute Offline immediate.
Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
Abort Offline collection upon new
command.
No Offline surface scan supported.
Self-test supported.
Conveyance Self-test supported.
Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
power-saving mode.
Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
General Purpose Logging supported.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 1) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 48) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes.
SCT capabilities: (0x0021) SCT Status supported.
SCT Data Table supported.

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 695 (201 100 0)
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 259
170 Unknown_Attribute 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0
171 Unknown_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
172 Unknown_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
174 Unknown_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 86
183 Runtime_Bad_Block 0x0032 100 100 010 Old_age Always - 44
184 End-to-End_Error 0x0033 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always - 0
187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 86
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
225 Unknown_SSD_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 20336
226 Unknown_SSD_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 65535
227 Unknown_SSD_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 68
228 Power-off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 65535
232 Available_Reservd_Space 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0
233 Media_Wearout_Indicator 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
241 Total_LBAs_Written 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 20336
242 Total_LBAs_Read 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 44643
249 Unknown_Attribute 0x0013 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 576

SMART Error Log not supported

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
No self-tests have been logged. [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
SPAN MIN_LBA MAX_LBA CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
1 0 0 Not_testing
2 0 0 Not_testing
3 0 0 Not_testing
4 0 0 Not_testing
5 0 0 Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

3.) Tried some HDPARM commands trough the terminal (PARTED MAGIC) with almost every command it says: I/O error. (SSD connected to port 1 or 2 on mobo)

3a.) I also tried hdparm --yes-i-know-what-i-am-doing --dco-restore /dev/sda but that failed (not sure what the error was)

4.) MHDD v4.6 does not recognize the SSD. (SSD connected to port 1 or 2 on mobo)

5.) Intel SSD toolbox does not recognize the SSD. (SSD connected to port 1 or 2 on mobo)

6.) Boot FDISK for linux from cd....it boots but when he scans for disks it stalls for over 1 hour so i stopped that.

7.) Tried UBCD->DBAN-> Guttmans Wipe and other long methods but it takes more than 1500 hours.

I hope someone can help me. I have a HP Pavilion dv7-6c20ed entertainmentnotebook. (Intel based CPU)

Edited by Dante_1987

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I called them yesterday and they told me: Intel cannot do anything for you because there is consumer data on it. I told them well can you swap it? Intel doesn't do repairs/swap unless it's under warranty.

:-(

So i'm stuck with a possible dead SSD :-(

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Yea those passwords are setup to prevent exactly what you are trying to do. Basically you can't secure erase it without knowing the password, and the only way to wipe the password is with a secure erase.

Before I gave up all hope, I might try these two commands. Both are for secure erasing the SSD. My reasoning for saying to try them is maybe the guy attempted to wipe his SSD before selling it, googled instructions and only went half the way. Both commands do the same thing, just that one instruction set has to use that Eins "password" and the other uses traditional password "password". Both of these will work in a Linux system.

NOTES: Connect the power/SATA cables after the system is already powered on. Try issuing these as quickly as possible once you know what the drive patch name will be. "dmesg" works well to tell you what devices recently connected.

hdparm --user-master u --security-erase Eins /dev/X
hdparm --user-master u --security-erase password /dev/X

Change /dev/X to the drive in question... try not to wipe your boot drive though.

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With a locked drive, you got a couple second window (even if you know the password) to enter that command after powering it up. From a Windows platform you can try unlocking it with either of those passwords to give you a better idea. Shot in the dark though...

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With a locked drive, you got a couple second window (even if you know the password) to enter that command after powering it up. From a Windows platform you can try unlocking it with either of those passwords to give you a better idea. Shot in the dark though...

oke i will give it a go!

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So here is my result:

when parted magic started, directly started terminal and did the command the result was still....i/o error.

Tried it a few times but no luck

Tried MHDD it tells me that the device is locked by a ATA password. So i'm one step closer because it sees my SSD now :-)

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