On Monday, I returned to work and noticed that my PC was stuck in the BIOS (I had left it on over the weekend). Despite this, I continued to use it normally without giving it much thought. However, when I tried to restart the computer, I found that all my changes and progress from the day had been lost. I tried uninstalling programs and deleting files to see if the changes would stick, but they did not.

Next, I tried transferring files to another hard drive as a prelude to reinstalling Windows, since the solutions I had tried so far were not working. However, after several blue screens, I was finally able to transfer the files and restart the PC using a Windows 10 bootable USB.

I installed Windows normally, but upon restarting, I was surprised to find that everything was still the same as it was on Monday morning.

After this, I tried cleaning the disk using DISKPART, Hirens Boot Utilities, and other similar tools. The disk always returned to its original state, regardless of whether the process was successful or not.

I’m really at a loss for what to do. The disk does not appear to be “read only” and there are no indications of failure. It is a Kingston SSDNow A1000 960GB M2 SSD that I purchased in June and have not had any issues with until now.

Does anyone know of a way to completely erase the hard drive or have any ideas as to why this might be happening? It’s possible that it could be a hardware defect, but before I consider the warranty, I’d like to exhaust all other options. Additionally, I’d prefer not to send the hard drive anywhere, as it does not have a password and may contain sensitive data.

Askify Moderator Edited question May 4, 2023