A loaner laptop was not properly locked down and a user set the HDD password. Tried swapping drives but wouldn't recognize new drive, encrypted drive doesn't show even in Linux, low level formatting doesn't help and resetting BIOS does nothing. If a thief steals the laptop it's basically a brick to them.
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Your Solid-State Drive is about to Self-Destruct
There is no hard disk drive, or a solid state drive, or any other non-volatile computer memory on the market that would have self-destruct capabilities and a casual customer could buy. There's also a good reason for this. Let's, as an example, see what a military grade RunCore's InVincible SSD does:
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