A Linux tool.
Application of a Number 5 Torx screwdriver and plastic tool bought several years ago — aka “iPod cracker” — resulted in the above picture.
I removed the battery to see if the “starve it of electrons” trick would result in a positive (no pun intended!) result.
LifeDrive upon reconnection of electron consumption again presented with Secure Erase Mode screen.
Additional measures will be taken tomorrow…