Unlocking the Physical Security ID (PSID) of a Crucial SSD

This is a guide to revert the PSID of a Crucial SSD using Crucial Executive however I have found Crucial Executive Lacks Storage Controller Support for newer hardware and does not work with USB adaptors. Moreover the utility is a Windows Application so a working Windows OS must be available and thus a system with multiple storage controllers must be used and the storage controller must be supported by the Crucial Executive. Clearly these are all severe limitations. The Bootable utility sedutil works with both Crucial and Samsung SSD and perhaps other vendors. It is far more versatile. See my guide here:

Unsupported Error Message when Trying to Use Secure Erase with SSD

When I tried to use Dell Data Wipe on my Crucial MX200 SSD I got the following Unsupported error message.

I then tried to use Parted Magic to wipe the SSD

When I selected Secure Erase, my SSD didn’t show up:

The HDD showed but the Crucial MX200 didn’t show:

When I selected PMagic Secure Erase ↓ show all devices:

Then OK

The Crucial SSD showed up but it stated unsupported:

I had wiped another MX200 without a problem so I was wondering what the issue was… It turns out I needed to Revert the PSID.

Tutorial Video

Physical Security ID (PSID)

In order to remove this encryption I needed to revert the PSID. For this I needed to have a look at the SSD to physically inspect it’s label as the label contains the PSID. Take a picture of your PSID:

Once this is done you will need to install your SSDs utility. In this case the Crucial Storage Executive Tool. The Crucial Storage Tool is a Windows Application. It has the following restrictions:

  • It needs to be run on Windows. Having this utility being Bootable to UEFI (and pass SecureBoot) would be better.
  • It needs to be run with a OS Boot Drive different to the one you want to work with. i.e. your system needs to support multiple Drives.
  • Not all Internal Storage Controllers Work… In my testing it worked on an older OptiPlex 790/7010 but not an OptiPlex 7040/7050 or 7060.
  • If it doesn’t work with a StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5″ SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable (USB32SATA3CB).

Download it from here:

Right click the zip file and select Extract All…

Select Extract:

Now launch the setup:

Accept the User Account Control:

The splash screen will show:

Select OK:

Then select Next:

Select Next again:

Accept the License Agreement and Select Next:

Select Next:

Select Next:

Select Next again:

Select Finish and leave the checkbox Enabled to run the Crucial Storage Executive:

You will see the splash screen:

You will then get a Windows Security Alert asking if you want to allow the program past your firewall. You will need to do so to check for firmware updates for your SSD:

The splash screen will show for a moment longer:

You will see your list of drives. Drive0 is the old mechanical HDD in the OptiPlex 390 used:

If you are unsure reference the Serial Number with the label of the drive. If the Latest Firmware is not installed, press the button to begin the Firmware Update:

Select PSID revert to the left hand side. Read the PSID off the label or your picture of the label:

Input your PSID and then select yes perform PSID revert:

Select PSID Revert again:

It will now begin to revert the PSID:

It will inform you the Revert is complete:

The Crucial MX200 does not support Sanitize so I will attempt to use Dell Data Wipe on it. This time it works successfully:

When Secure Erase in Parted Magic is used again, the drive is shown:

I can now use Parted Magic as normal.


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