encrypted Samsung 840EVO SSD

Nathan Dorfman na at rtfm.net
Wed Dec 31 16:43:18 UTC 2014

On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM, Jon <Arisbe at cni.net> wrote:
> Several months back I installed the above 250 GB in my desktop and chose
> to encrypt it.  Now I can't remember the pass phrase and I want to use
> it un-encrypted.  There has never been any data saved on the SSD.  Am I
> screwed?  Can I un-encrypt and reformat this device?

It sounds like you're not interested in retrieving any data from the
encrypted drive, and just want to reuse it. In this case, you don't
need to "un-encrypt" anything, just reformat the drive, for example by
right clicking it in Nautilus and selecting the Format option, and
you're good to go.

If I misunderstood you and you need some data that you've encrypted,
then yes, you are screwed unless you can remember the passphrase. The
encryption wouldn't be worth very much if this wasn't the case.


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