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How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

April 6th, 2018, 5:27

Hi all, I am new to this group, i bought 500 Laptop SATA HDD with Bios Lock, Would like to format, please help.
Even connected in 2nd or 3rd hard disk also while booting the msg shows " Hard Disk xxxxxxxxx-xxxx is protected by a password. Enter the password or press <ESC> to exit. (Disk remians locked if <ESC> is used). Please help how to format, i dont want data.

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

April 6th, 2018, 7:25

You can start by actually telling us what type of hard drive it is.

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

April 6th, 2018, 10:18

I have Seagate Momentus Thin- 320 / 160GB GB SATA Laptop Drive, Hitachi - 320 GB - P/N:H2T3201672S, 7K500-320, WD - 160 GB - WD1600BEKT....

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

April 6th, 2018, 10:56

If you want to unlock a lot of hard disks like that, they your best option would be to buy an adequate firmware tool, like Sediv ( about US$ 400, I think ) .

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

April 6th, 2018, 13:47

alleguys wrote:I have Seagate Momentus Thin- 320 / 160GB GB SATA Laptop Drive, Hitachi - 320 GB - P/N:H2T3201672S, 7K500-320, WD - 160 GB - WD1600BEKT....


I can unlock all of that !

You have several options.

1 - Sell those drives at a cheap price to someone like me. Make an offer. If the drives show good S.M.A.R.T. status then i might buy them as lomg as they are very cheap. PM if interested.

2 - Buy firmware tools like PC-3000, MRT, SeDiv, etc .... SeDiv is the CHEAP option out there but have several limitations. You should be able to unlock the mentioned drives with it anyway.

3 - Hire someone like me to unlock the drives. I can unlock all of that for a price.

http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php? ... =89#p11072

As you have a huge amount of those drives let's say i will do it for $10 each. I will unlock each of those drives for $10 so 500 x 10 = 5000 € and i will take the job.

Of course with that $$$ you can buy MRT and do it yourself of buy SeDiv for $350 and it will be a lot cheaper.

Also there is no guarantee that the drives will be OK. They are locked so apart from S.M.A.R.T. you can't check surface to see if there are bad sectors.

Alterantive free ways :

Try ZU and see if it unlocks some drives - http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=166

- Go to my forum and read how to unlock sepcific drive models.

For example WD - http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=86&t=2353
Seagate - http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=874
HGST ARM - http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=2060

etc .... just check the guides on my forum and do-it-yourself or pay to get the job done.

PM if intrested.

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

June 23rd, 2018, 21:35

can you unlock the CRUCIAL M550 ssd drives?

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

June 23rd, 2018, 22:14

hddtalk wrote:can you unlock the CRUCIAL M550 ssd drives?


NO. I only deal with ATA password of STANDARD HDDs. I don't deal with flash/SSDs.

I only have firmware tools to access SA (and unlock) Classic Hard Drives with moving parts ....

Also i don't intend to support FLASH/SSDs in the near future as well.

You will need to find a reputable data recovery firm or someone with flash tools to help you out ...

Good luck.

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

June 27th, 2018, 23:12

alleguys,

use SEDIV to overcome bios password problem.

Re: How to format Laptop SATA HDD protected by Bios Lock

June 28th, 2018, 18:24

longlife wrote:alleguys,

use SEDIV to overcome bios password problem.


It's NOT BIOS password, it's ATA password and it will only work on Seagate (ST-10 + F3 Arch), WD (only Marvell), Samsung, Toshiba (only SATA) and Native IBM (includes HGST and Hitachi - Arch M24 and ARM).

For the rest one would need alternative methods...

But SeDiv should work just fine on the mentioned drives and might be the cheapest alternative lacking VSCs...
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