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12:27 AM
@allq: took a closer look at the PCB in the enclosure. It is an Innostor IS621, which only goes up to SATA 3Gb/s.
I am secure-erasing the SSD on my hard drive dock, then reformatting the drive to 384 GiB, this time using MBR instead of GPT for compatibility.
(I've successfully used the BlacX dock in the past to secure-erase an old hard drive under Linux.)
Looks like it'll be quick (two minutes for a standard secure erase), according to hdparm.
...well, that was quick.
 
linux-203v:~ # time hdparm --user-master u --security-erase foo /dev/sdb
security_password="foo"

/dev/sdb:
 Issuing SECURITY_ERASE command, password="foo", user=user

real	0m2.745s
user	0m0.001s
sys	0m0.003s
 
also I wonder if a secure erase is just "throw away the encryption key and make a new one"
 
Perhaps. I think I'm going to issue an enhanced secure erase.
This is odd...
 
@JourneymanGeek on a SSD: Yes, sort of. Throw away key. Securely fill that key storage space with a new key. Wipe data structures for remapping. Optionally wipe all (nopw unreadable) data cells
 
12:39 AM
linux-203v:~ # time hdparm --user-master u --security-erase-enhanced foo /dev/sdb
security_password="foo"

/dev/sdb:
 Issuing SECURITY_ERASE command, password="foo", user=user

real	0m0.150s
user	0m0.000s
sys	0m0.009s
This is an enhanced secure erase.
Perhaps it just flushed only the cells it had already written to (very little has actually been written to the drive).
The second time, there's nothing to erase again, so it completed instantly.
 
Whatever. I assume it's clean and ready to partition and format. This time, I'm doing 384 GiB with MBR.
 
So,my current laptop has RGB keys. However the 'alternate' sumbols arn't lit up, and I'd like to be able to find 1. symbol keys I use for password easily 2. the @ symbol
Pondering (aloud) if it makes sense to have just these in a different colour
or rainbow the crap out of my number key row, and maybe my function row, and remember the colours.
I mean, if my % key is a different colour, someone still needs to know my password is P455w0rd%%% right?
 
...the drive is erased. It shows up in Task Manager as 466 GiB capacity, 0 MiB formatted.
Alright, let's open Disk Management and format it.
 
Bob
@JourneymanGeek ...Or just learn the positions? :P
 
12:46 AM
...and the drive is formatted and ready to use.
 
@Bob or that
but this is mainly for the times when I'm not touchtyping
 
1:15 AM
@Bob I'm stuck in my coding :(
it goes through the entire thing without error but the result buffer never gets written to by AVTranscoder
 
Bob
1:34 AM
@allquicatic do you have something I can try to compile? :P
though it'll have to be later today... kinda busy for the next few hours
do you need to call something to start the conversion?
 

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