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Using the ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility for Resetting the Cryptographic Key

By soopsoo ·
Tags: Windows, Software
I am following the steps to using this tool but right now I'm stuck on step 7. Any help is appreciated
DOS
1. Prepare the DOS bootable USB memory.
2. Unzip .ZIP file and extract DrvErase.exe file.
3. Copy the DrvErase.exe to the USB memory.
4. Attach the USB memory to the ThinkPad computer.
5. Confirm the USB memory being a bootable device in BIOS Setup/Boot menu.
6. Turn off the computer then turn it on.
7. Refer to the "DrvErase.exe - command line option list" section below to run
DrvErase.exe. Then go to step 8 below.
DrvErase.exe - command line option list
Example: DrvErase /D:1 /M:2 /S

/D:n Specify the target drive
1: Internal harad drive bay, 2: Ultrabay, 3: MSATA connection
Example /D:1

/M:n Specify the erase mode
1 - Normal erase (for SSD only)
2 - Resetting Cryptographic Key
Example /M:2

/S Suppress confirmation

/E Exit without restart

/? Show help messages
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There are variables that you need to set.

by OH Smeg In reply to Using the ThinkPad Drive ...

This is a DOS type command and need to specify the drive you need to wipe and the type of wiping you want to do so here you need to specify the Target Identity of the Drive

{7. Refer to the "DrvErase.exe - command line option list" section below to run
DrvErase.exe. Then go to step 8 below.
DrvErase.exe - command line option list
Example: DrvErase /D:1 /M:2 /S

/D:n Specify the target drive
1: Internal harad drive bay, 2: Ultrabay, 3: MSATA connection
Example /D:1

/M:n Specify the erase mode
1 - Normal erase (for SSD only)
2 - Resetting Cryptographic Key
Example /M:2

/S Suppress confirmation

/E Exit without restart

/? Show help messages}

So where it shows you need to enter the number of the drive you want wiped normally 0 or 1 in a Laptop if it is an internal drive and can be 2 3 or 4 if it is a external drive depending on what else is fitted to the unit.

Then where it says /M: you need to set the number after the M: to 2

And then finally add the command /S if you want to suppress any confirmation requests.

So if the Drive is identified as 1 the command would be

DrvErase /D:1 /M:2 /S that you need to enter in the Text Box DrvErase tells the computer what you want to do so it runs the Drive Erase Utility

/D:1 tells it to run that utility on Drive 1
/M:2 tells the utility to Resetting Cryptographic Key
and /S tells the unit to not ask for confirmation just run the reset command.

That help?

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