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    Formatting disk after virus infection
    « on: September 18, 2020, 07:58:39 AM »
    Ok so long story short I got a virus in my PC running win10, and ended up deciding that resetting the ssd (m. 2) would be the best option... The problem is that it won't let me do so from windows. I therefore decided that I would try to reset it from a PC running kali live. So I buy a m.2 to USB adapter, plug it in the kali pc. At this point I check the disk manager and it appears even if I am unable to interact with it. I then try gparted but it doesn't find the ssd... At this point I am out of ideas and need help. Thanks


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    Re: Formatting disk after virus infection
    « Reply #1 on: September 18, 2020, 01:14:39 PM »
    Hi 4aure
    First things, even Windows 10 will not see all M2 drives on all motherboards without drivers and gparted under linux has the same problem. Both Linux and Windows should be able to see the M2 drive using the USB to M2 adapter.
    Is this plugged into a USB3.0 port as most M2 will not be able to get enough power from a USB2 port some won't work even from usb3. You could check the M2 specs for current requirements or post the model here. I would only use a M2  to sata adapter board.
    It would help if you could post.

    Motherboard make and model

    M2 Make and model

    How the M2 is configured in the Bios
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    Re: Formatting disk after virus infection
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2020, 02:42:37 PM »
    Instead of messing with Kali, download the Media Creation Tool from MS and create a bootable USB thumb drive with Win 10 on it.  It will allow you to boot from the thumb drive and install Win 10 on the PC.  Make sure that you delete the current partitions on the Win 10 PC and then complete the install.  Since you already have Win 10 on that PC, Windows will automatically activate.

    Don't complicate things by using Kali and a USB adapter.

    Here's the link to download the Media Creation Tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10