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There is also the option to unfreeze the drive with Linux* by putting the computer to sleep or removing the cable as you suggested above.
You can use a Linux* live disc or a bootable USB drive as this issue only happens in Windows*.
This is a tool that can be used to create the USB drive:
Steps for secure erase using Linux*:
Thanks for that answer. A Linux solution avoids having to install RST on the Windows system.