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 Post subject: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 12:18 
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A short while ago I bought an old Siemens laptop, model Scenic Mobile 510. For 8 euros. In working order no less. The only problem is that the HDD (a Toshiba MK6015MAP) has a password (seemingly both user and master). Sure, I could wipe the password along with the data, but interesting software can sometimes lie in such forgotten PCs, so I'd rather take a peek before it's gone. So far, I have tried connecting the HDD to another PC and accessing the contents from HBCD's Mini Windows XP (no luck, the drive shows up only in Device Manager, which claims it contains no volumes) and disabling the password request with ATAPWD (rejected the default master password of 32 spaces, likely means that the master password is not default either).

The closest I've found to a solution is this article, but it seems to deal with Western Digital drives, and I have no idea if the MHDD scripts involved would work with the Toshiba drive.

Interestingly enough, the laptop refuses to boot from anything else than the hard drive when the HDD is connected.

Any advice on this?


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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 15:53 
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I can remove the ATA password on a drive like yours without any problem :

http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=76

BUT :

- It requires special (expensive) firmware tools.
- You would have to ship the drive to me and pay the costs of shipping it back to you.
- You would have to pay the unlocking fee.
- It would be way more expensive then the 8 Euros you did pay for the system and above all :

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Sure, I could wipe the password along with the data, but interesting software can sometimes lie in such forgotten PCs, so I'd rather take a peek before it's gone.


- You can't wipe the data/password if you don't have a valid master password.
- I wouldn't unlock your drive just for you to have a peek at someone else data !!!!

So ... if you want to use my unlocking services on this particular case i would have to be forced to wipe the data/zero fill it anyway, not only to abide by the local law but also for the protection of the original owners of the drive !!!

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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 18:14 
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Thanks for the offer, Spildit, but I'll refuse. The drive sounds to be on it's way out anyhow - exceptionally loud, clicks every now and then.

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I wouldn't unlock your drive just for you to have a peek at someone else data !!!!

Glad to hear that. Even though my primary interest would be whatever weird abandonware might be there, I understand that you couldn't take some random poster's word for it.


Although, I wonder: If I understand the whole process correctly, the password is simply stored in the HPA, unencypted? And the process that took place in the article I linked to in the OP was simply dumping of WD-specific regions of HPA and reading the password from the dumps?


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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 18:36 
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@Atoss, to be fair, OEM laptops (and desktops) often reserve a part of the user area for an OEM recovery image, although 6GB doesn't leave much for this purpose. Therefore I would try to find the necessary drivers, etc, before wiping the drive.

The elettrofreak article does not apply in your case. It was specifically written for WD drives. Furthermore, your premise regarding HPAs is incorrect -- the password is stored in a reserved System Area on the platters, not in the user area, whether hidden by a HPA or not.

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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 2nd, 2017, 4:39 
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Each drive brand will store the ATA password in a diferent way. Scripts for WD will NOT WORK on anything other than WD.

Toshiba have most of the firmware (CPs) stored on ROM (PCB) but the ATA password is "hidden" on a special "encrypted" or "encoded" sector on the Service Area on the platters. You would need special firmware tools to remove the password or your would need to know the vendor specific commands to read the correct track where the password is storted and replace the mentioned sector(s) with a copy from an unlocked drive.

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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 2nd, 2017, 4:41 
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Example for Toshiba IDE 2.5 drives like the one you have - http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php? ... 1254#p6472

This same procedure would work on your drive (to unlock it).

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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
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try zu.Can be found on a variety of resources on the Internet


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 Post subject: Re: [HELP NEEDED] Bypassing a Toshiba MK6015MAP HDD password
PostPosted: July 2nd, 2017, 16:29 
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Moltke wrote:
try zu.Can be found on a variety of resources on the Internet


Sure :)

http://files.hddguru.com/download/Software/

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