Bug ID 692699: iSeries platform BIOS prompts for password following F5 Disk Erase Interruption

Last Modified: May 23, 2019

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Affected Product:  See more info
Discovery AOM(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
12.1.0, 12.1.0 HF1, 12.1.0 HF2, 12.1.1, 12.1.1 HF1, 12.1.1 HF2, 12.1.2, 12.1.2 HF1, 12.1.2 HF2, 12.1.3,,,,,,,, 12.1.4,, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1, 13.1.0,,,,,,,,, 13.1.1,,,,,, 14.0.0,,,,, 14.1.0,,,,,, 15.0.0

Opened: Nov 03, 2017
Severity: 5-Cosmetic


If an iSeries platform is AC or AOM power-cycled while erasing a hard disk from the BIOS using the F5 Disk Erase utility, the drive will become locked. Any interruption of the F5 Disk Erase Utility while it is running an erasure may result in this locked drive condition. The BIOS will prompt for a hard drive password on subsequent boot-ups.


The drive becomes locked.


-- iSeries platform is AC or AOM power-cycled. -- Erasing a hard disk from the BIOS using the F5 Disk Erase utility.


To recover from the locked drive condition: 1. Enter the password 'F5' at the BIOS prompt. 2. Re-run the F5 Disk Erase utility erasure process by pressing 'e' during BIOS boot up. 3. Follow the appropriate prompts. Note: Be sure to let the Disk Erase process complete fully.

Fix Information


Behavior Change