I recently updated my BIOS to the latest version at the link below using the Intel DSA program.
The BIOS update went without a hitch and the system rebooted.
However at the Admin password prompt screen, my password no longer works. Entering my password results in repeated Admin pw prompt for 3 times and User Password (which I haven't set at all) prompt for 3 times until the system locks my storage with message "TCG storage locked etc...."
Now I can't even take my M.2 SSD to another system for reformatting as the storage is locked and it appears as unrecognized/uninitialized disk in Linux or Windows.
This isn't the first time I updated the BIOS using Intel DSA. I've done it two times before with Admin password set without issues.
Trying to clear the Admin password result in BIOS prompting the my existing password is incorrect.
If there is no fix, I'm planning to RMA to drive back to Intel.
You will be able to clear BIOS user and supervisor password from Configuration Menu. Follow the following procedure:
Tks but I have tried this. The pw prompt remains as show in picture. The clear method above seems to be for BIOS user/supervisor pw.
However it doesn't clear storage 'Admin' pw.
Since this is password for your SSD, I agree that can not be reset. Since, the Bios update, corrupted this password, I believe that you need RMA this SSD.
Thank you, I have checked out the TCG encryption and unfortunately this drive doesn't even support PSID reverting which should reset the SSD to factory condition. On top of that, the drive doesn't even have a PSID instead it has a DUID which is also a 32 character string. But there's not much info on this.
Since the problem happened after the BIOS update using Intel DSA, I have put in a RMA request for the drive.
For closing the loop on this topic, I would like provide some update. While working with Support regarding the drive's RMA, I managed to solve the problem by downgrading from BIOS version 0066 back to version 0051 using the Recovery method (removing yellow security jumper, place the 0051 .bio file in a FAT 32 formatted thumb drive and booting the system). The existing SSD password was recognized after that.
If anyone's wants to update the BIOS to version 0064 or 0066, I recommended disabling the drive's password (wipes the data though so pls take note). There's seems to be an issue with the latest versions OR just stick with 0051 for time being.