The purpose of setting up a password on an SSD is to avoid unauthorized access to the information on the drive. Intel has not yet designed tools to bypass or to unlock the drive without a password, however, you might want to take a look at this other thread for further information as it states a similar situation. What to do about Password protected SSD drive? and look for zaq's response.
*Please understand that the workaround in this thread is not officially from Intel and thus, we are not responsible for its content and consequences if you decide to try the suggest workaround.
Thank you Aleki.
The issue is that there IS NO PASSWORD on the disk. It is new out-of-the-box.
Why did the driver say there is a password?
Why can the system not see the drive?
Why could I initialize and create a simple volume, and now cannot see it.
Transcend seemed to think that the problem was the IRSTe driver.
I just put the drive in another computer, similar build with Win7 Home premium but no IRST and the system can see it.
However, it shows as not initialized or formatted. Trying to format through Computer Management >>Disk Management results in I/O error.
The management application for Intel® Rapid Storage Technology in Windows* does not have the capability to set SATA passwords, only to unlock the drive and use it if a password was set before. Security passwords are normally set from the PC BIOS.
The I/O errors you received in the other computer may indicate that the port where you connected the drive does not support SATA security passwords. Some Motherboards support SATA passwords only in the main port (port 0?), you might try connecting the hard drive to the first SATA port of the computer and check if it asks you for the password that way.
Since this is Trascend SSD, you might want to contact them and check if they have any additional suggestions or information about this matter.