List

Either it’s repair, repurpose or decomission – secure wipe of your device should allways be a part of your device management lifecycle. Handing in or repurpose you Surface devices might cause your organization to face a security challenge as the SSD is (next to) none-replaceable.

In any case of (serivce) replacement or repurpose of your Surface Pro 2 or Pro 3, there is a Surface Data Eraser tool that enables you to send a command to the SSD to change the bits to random sequences and effectively erase all data on the disk, however, there is two things that might give you some unexpected errors.

BitLocker

In order for the Surface Data Eraser to work, you need to suspend Bitlocker protection if BitLocker is enabled on your device. After this is set and done, you have to ensure that you either set UEFI settings to boot from USB prior to your SSD – or to interrupt the boot sequence and force the Surface to boot from your USB device by using the power + volume up while boot combo.

04

Suspend BitLocker

Remove the MicroSD

Now, if you have done everything as guided so far you should be set for the eraser tool to boot – except – if you have a mounted MicroSD card in the slot, you will get one of two error messges telling you that the boot configuration is not properly configured, or that BitLocker key wasn’t loaded correctly. Just remove the MicroSD card and reboot the device. Ensure that it boot

06

Ensure to remove MicroSD card

Follow the steps

After the application (a WinPE boot) is loaded, you simply follow the three-step guide to make the application send the command to the SSD.
The process of deleting the SSD will then proceed and only take a couple of seconds.

Type Accept

Type S

Type Y

09

  • Alex

  Posts

1 2 3 4
February 3rd, 2017

Get my slides from NIC 2017

For those who could, and those who couldn’t join my sessions – here are my slides

January 27th, 2017

Use PowerShell to generate driver- and batteryreport

Every now and then I get these questions regarding power management, sluggish performance in general. As a cheat-sheet, I’ve come up with this PowerShell script that gives you all you need in one run

January 16th, 2017

Join my sessions at NIC – Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2-3. feb.

Regardless of how many presentations I’ve had, there are always a line of questions to be answered when the session is over. One of my sessions are for you: Ask me anything!

January 1st, 2017

Congratulations 2017 Microsoft MVP!

For the fourth year, I’m truly honored to recieve the highest recognized award for ITpros.

December 18th, 2016

Resolving Modern Device Issues for SMBs

For many SMBs, modern device management have proven to give some challenges, as the devices just like other areas of the tech industry have been moving forwards

August 14th, 2016

Meet Ståle, Johan, John and myself and our take as MVP’s

Closing our series on Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals we’ve put together four more videos of some of the best IT […]

May 22nd, 2016

Device management and troubleshooting DIY-style

In a changing IT landscape where we move from managed devices to more or less unmanaged dittos the need for self-healing systems and smart shortcuts are ever increasing.

May 22nd, 2016

Meet Andy, Wally and Marius and their take as MVP’s

Becoming and being a MVP is like nothing I’ve ever imagined. So why take my word for it?

February 17th, 2016

Surface Book released in major european markets

It’s a little more than four months since the Windows 10 device launch event in NYC witch revealed the Surface Book. By the 18th of february the populear device is shipped in several major european countries.

February 5th, 2016

Guide: Windows Hello with two accounts

Any ITpro in the industry is used to a high number of user accounts, either it is admin- user, limited rights or ad-hoc user accounts.