I've recently acquired a Samsung Evo 840 120GB, but haven't been able to actually use it.
The problems started when trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8 on it:
I've retried the process with the HDD disconnected, to no avail.
Then, I've decided to check the SSD's status on DISKPART:
Switching SATA cables and ports (and even trying on another computer to eliminate the chance of it being a MOBO incompatibility) give the same result.
Finally, I downloaded the Samsung Magician software to check the disk status (Windows was temporarily installed on the shown HDD):
The complete red message says "SSD is in the locked state".
I am unable to do a Secure Erase (both Magician and Parted Magic bootable solutions fail).
S.M.A.R.T. fails, but it seems like the values are "generic":
Going into Disk Management, I receive the following warning:
However, choosing any of the options results in this error:
Which leaves the disk locked from any space manipulation (creation of volumes/partitions/formatting/etc).
And now I'm stuck. Everything shown here can recognize the SSD (and it's size, including the BIOS/UEFI), but nothing seems to be able to actually write in it.
Is the SSD faulty or is there another step I can take in order to check it's health (and actually make it work)?