Set a User Hard Drive Password Prior to Using the BIOS Based Secure Erase Function on a Solid State Drive - ThinkPad
The Solid State Drive (SSD) may hang while executing Secure Erase. Because the BIOS must issue a temporary random password prior to issuing the Secure Erase command, if the system does hang during this process, the drive will be unusable after power-cycling the system.
Any of the following ThinkPad systems with a supported SSD:
None at this time. As a work around, set a known User Password on the drive prior to starting the Secure Erase. If the Secure Erase hangs, power-cycle the system. Unlock the drive using the known password and retry the Secure Erase function.