How would I get the password for encrypted SSD's I bought (legally bought from a business who forgot the password, I plan on wiping them after I unlock them) I am new to using software like hashcat, I tried finding the hardware reset key hut these drives are old so They don't have a code I can use to factory reset it, I have a relatively strong system with a 7th gen i7 and a 6gb 1060 so I should be able to do it.

  • Make? Model? Probably more info needed to get good help here.
    – hft
    Jan 7, 2021 at 18:47
  • kingston ssdnow 300V Jan 7, 2021 at 18:53
  • See if there is a tool available from the MFR to reset the password. Otherwise I suspect you have purchased a nice bunch of bricks.
    – hft
    Jan 7, 2021 at 19:28
  • sorry but could I ask what mfr is? Jan 7, 2021 at 20:49
  • Manufacturer. Kingston.
    – hft
    Jan 7, 2021 at 21:39

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No need for hashcat. From my answer here:

[...] at the ATA Secure Erase level, you should be able to initiate a new erase with a new master password, regardless of what the old password was.

This destroys all existing data, as designed by the ATA Secure Erase specification. But once it's done, you can then use the drive again.

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