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I am having a real problem clearing my 2 P256 SSD drives...


I have tried Both 3.3 and 4.0 versions of HDDerase and cannot get past the point it tells me the drives are in Frozen state.


I have tried all the "Tricks" suggested in the FAQ section of the HDDerase read me..but still no joy.


I am running these in RAID0.

I had the first drive running all by itself (Windows 7 RTM) then added the second drive and made it Raid 0 and re-installed.


When I run HDtune..I'm seeing HUGE swings in transfer speed...Up and down...


I thought it might be because one drive was Clean and fresh, and the other had already had a OS on it and never cleaned.


I was going to clean both and start fresh...but HDDerase isn't going to let me!


Please help!!!!



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Do you have an image of the O.S. Install like using Accronics Home?

If so I would just try and go to the Raid configuration menu and delete the array and then restart and re-create the raid array it should delete the drive partitions and then just use Disk manager in Windows to create and quick format the drive then check the performance before you image the drive.


Please note I would suggest you use the same system you will use to boot the drives as a raid array just use another drive to boot the O.S. when you recreate the array.

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No image...fresh install.


But Like I said, I wand to bring both drives back to "Like New" all data wiped..then try it again as a fresh install.


Main problem is that HDDerase says Drive is frozen and can not perform a secure erase.


Once I'm able to wipe both drives clean..I'm free and clear...


How about another APP other than HDDerase....



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Yes...I know comapability mode is ON...HDDerase 3.3 and 4.0 both SEE the drive, No problem...it just can't DO anything with them.


I broke the raid, removed the drives, and even placed them in another computer (DG945 Intel motherboard).

HDDerase still sees the drives but can't do anything with them because of the "Frozen Status".


This is really wearing me out....


last option will be to try another board.....and see if I can erase them...


Or just give up!


I'm thinking about getting a dedicated SATA raid card anyway...ARECA and Adeptec have some Nice options....


No onboard RAID is going to keep up with a true dedicated card anyway.



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Hi Larry, i have 2 motherboards and one of them (asus P5b Plus) need this method to bypass security freeze lock :

Shut down the computer system. Unplug the power cable of the SSD while leaving the signal cable plugged in (bios won't recognize this SSD when booting). Always ground yourself when removing the power cord to be safe. Power on the system and boot into DOS with a DOS boot disk. Once DOS has booted up and you are at a command line interface, plug the power cord of the SSD back in. Run HDDerase.exe. The logic in this method is to prevent the drives detection in BIOS, which is when the freeze lock command is issued.

This method will always work but i think only use this method if others fail. Hope this help.

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If I try to run HDDerase on the system that I had them in when I loaded Win7RTM, (EVGA 680I SLI Motherboard P33 Bios) HDDerase never sees any drives no matter what I set in the BIOS.


I then placed them in an Intel DG945 board, and HDDerase sees them, but shows them as Frozen.


Unless I'm missing a bios setting on the EVGA board, I have no way to run HDDERASE on that motherboard.

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When you down load HDD Erase there is a readme file did you read that document?

HDDerase.exe menu

1: Secure Erase

This uses the ATA internal drive secure erase command. It offers a higher

level of secure erase than block overwriting software utilities. It can take

30 to 180 minutes depending on the drive’s capacity and speed. Drive will be

left unlocked and ready for use once the process has successfully completed.


2: Enhanced Secure Erase (if supported by the drive)

An optional ATA internal drive secure erase command. Drive will be left unlocked

and ready for use once the process has successfully completed. Not all ATA

drives support this erase method and if it does not, then you will not be given

this option.


C: Change Active HDD

An option to allow the user to switch between multiples drives.


L: Unlock a locked drive (if drive is locked)

This option automatically tries to unlock the drive with all known HDDErase

passwords. If this fails, the user is prompted for the correct user or master

password on the drive. HDDErase will try to unlock the drive with the given

password as both a user password and a master password. If your drive is not

locked then you will not be given this option.




HDDerase.exe tests whether a drive is new enough to support the ATA Security

Feature Set. If so (drives larger than about 15 to 20 GB), the secure erase

option will be available. ATA drives more than several years old (generally

smaller than 15GB) will not support the ATA Security Feature Set.


If secure erase command execution is interrupted by restart or a power cycle

before completion, the drive will be left in locked state. Run the program

again after reboot and successfully execute any of the secure erase options or

the unlock option to unlock the drive. Computer BIOS should be set to boot from

the floppy drive A:, USB drive, or CD-ROM drive, depending on which media type

is used to boot the system into DOS. The Windows Disk Management system program

can be used to partition and format a secure erased disk, for reuse.

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