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Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 5th, 2009, 7:33

rockhound wrote:I have my hard drive locked by ATA password with an unknown reason.

MHDD mentioned, "WARNING : tHIS DRIVE IS LOCKED BY ATA PASSWORD".

The locked Hard Drive is WDC WD2500JB-00GVC0
SN : WD-WCAL78032380

Do you guys have any idea of how to unlock the drive without paying $50?

ALL my important files are buried in there.



If you know the password, use MHDD to remove. If you do not know it, it needs to be unlocked professionally. Send to a specialist. If data is not worth more than $50, then you should consider it lost forever.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 5th, 2009, 7:34

One last option, A-FF repair station. But again, you may ne looking at more than $50......

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 6th, 2009, 15:07

maysoft
Come on guys, I posted that script back in February 2005 (almost 4 years ago) here :mrgreen:
It is useless for modern hard drives...

Yes, Dimitry this script is for old WD WDC, for new WD (Marvel) is soft Mavr_r. from nazyura which can read module 2 and in it is saved a password.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 7th, 2009, 13:38

but no one is prohibited to do the same in MHDD
;script name: read md
;reads md 02 on WD marwell drives
;
reset
waitnbsy

regs = $45 $0b $00 $44 $57 $a0 $80
waitnbsy

regs = $d6 $01 $be $4f $c2 $a0 $b0
waitnbsy
checkdrq
sectorsfrom = cs.bin

regs = $d5 $01 $bf $4f $c2 $a0 $b0
waitnbsy
checkdrq
sectorsto = 21.bin

regs = $d5 $01 $bf $4f $c2 $a0 $b0
waitnbsy
checkdrq
sectorsto = 22.bin

; end


512 byte cs.bin
Code:
0x000  08 00 01 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ..................................................................................................
0x1f0   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

cs.bin and mhdd.exe have to be in the same directory

Password we can read without problems from 22.BIN
Code:
0x0000   FA 00 00 01 0E 00 00 00 02 02 00 0F 32 0C CA FA   ú...........2.Êú
0x0010   0A 32 0A 01 41 46 05 01 00 00 20 00 64 00 00 01   .2..AF.... .d...
0x0020   60 02 12 00 22 00 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   `..."...........
0x0030   00 00 00 01 E0 01 0F 0F 01 02 02 0A 01 01 00 02   ....à...........
0x0040   02 06 01 00 FF FF 02 03 50 01 1E 01 01 01 04 40   ....ÿÿ..P......@
0x0050   0B 00 01 00 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF 00   .............ÿÿ.
0x0060   00 00 00 12 0A 12 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 1E   ................
0x0070   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4D 00 24 00 07 00 12   .........M.$....
0x0080   00 00 00 00 0E 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00   ................
0x0090   00 00 00 07 00 01 02 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x00A0   00 01 03 00 03 01 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x00B0   00 00 00 00 00 01 57 44 43 20 57 44 31 36 30 30   ......WDC WD1600
0x00C0   42 45 56 53 2D 30 30 52 53 54 30 20 20 20 20 20   BEVS-00RST0     
0x00D0   20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20                   
0x00E0   20 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 53 7C 42 7C 4C 7C     ........S|B|L|
0x00F0   50 5A 4D 53 48 47 43 54 52 32 56 5A 4B 45 55 48   PZMSHGCTR2VZKEUH
0x0100   00 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 30 32   .             02
0x0110   2D 31 39 2D 32 30 30 37 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   -19-2007........
0x0120   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x0130   00 00 00 00 00 01 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x0140   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x0150   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44   ........WDCWDCWD
0x0160   43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43   CWDCWDCWDCWDCWDC
0x0170   57 44 43 57 44 43 57 00 08 00 FE FF 00 00 00 00   WDCWDCW...þÿ....
0x0180   00 01 30 00 00 05 00 64 00 14 20 32 00 00 00 0F   ..0....d.. 2....
0x0190   00 01 02 00 40 00 2C 01 32 00 20 00 55 FF 00 00   ....@.,.2. .Uÿ..
0x01A0   00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
0x01B0   00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 58 58 58 58   ............XXXX
0x01C0   58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
0x01D0   58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
0x01E0   58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 01 01 01 01   XXXXXXXXXXXX....
0x01F0   01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 0A 00 31 00 00 01   ............1...

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 0:01

I downloaded the MHDD 4.5 files and extracted them on a floppy boot disk.

I created a script I called MASTER. The contents of that script follows as posted by Nirvanowiec :
Code:
; rm modul id 42
reset
waitnbsy
regs = $57 $44 $43 $00 $00 $a0 $8a
waitnbsy
regs = $00 $02 $00 $00 $0F $E0 $21
waitnbsy
checkdrq
sectorsto = 42.bin
; End.


After running the script in MHDD it creates a 42.bin file on my floppy drive.

When viewing that 42.bin file I see the following:

Code:
00000000: 07 0d 01 0c 42 30 31 30 30 3f 00 00 00 00 00 00   ....B0100?......
00000010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 57 44 2d 57 4d 41 41 52   ........WD-WMAAR
00000020: 31 30 30 34 32 32 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 10 3f   1004221........?
00000030: 03 0a 80 7f 7f 00 be 0f 00 0f 01 84 60 1f 08 00   ..........`...
00000040: 78 00 00 40 00 02 00 30 05 03 f8 01 64 32 00 3c   x..@...0....d2.<
00000050: 00 19 00 01 fe 01 80 04 32 00 32 68 00 05 19 0b   ........2.2h....
00000060: 2d 0f 10 0b 00 0a 15 06 15 08 05 0a 02 08 01 04   -...............
00000070: 60 50 28 18 03 02 03 02 01 00 01 00 00 01 60 00   `P(...........`.
00000080: 01 28 ff 01 20 10 05 00 07 01 00 00 00 00 1b 0b   .(.. ...........
00000090: 00 00 00 00 32 03 00 01 28 00 03 14 10 00 04 00   ....2...(.......
000000a0: 03 00 00 03 01 01 00 05 05 0a 32 0c 01 00 00 14   ..........2.....
000000b0: 80 00 20 00 0f 00 10 00 00 0f 88 97 00 00 00 05   .. .............
000000c0: 00 00 a0 0e a2 0f b2 0e b2 0e 62 0c d0 d4 c4 c4   ..........b.....
000000d0: d4 0f 3c 0b 88 89 82 83 80 01 08 00 00 00 08 00   ..<.............
000000e0: 30 30 30 30 30 30 20 00 ff ff 10 00 00 01 64 03   000000 .......d.
000000f0: 0e 00 c8 00 fa 00 50 e1 fb ff 59 25 08 01 00 00   ......P...Y%....
00000100: 00 00 ea 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000110: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000120: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000130: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000140: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000150: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000160: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000170: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000180: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000190: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001a0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001b0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001c0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001d0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001e0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000001f0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000200: a0 0e e2 ac e2 ac e2 ac 22 0c d0 c7 c7 c7 c4 00   ........".......
00000210: a0 0e 02 0c 02 0c 02 0c 02 0c d0 f7 f7 f7 c4 00   ................
00000220: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000230: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000240: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000250: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000260: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000270: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000280: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000290: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002a0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002b0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002c0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002d0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002e0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000002f0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000300: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000310: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000320: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000330: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000340: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000350: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000360: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000370: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000380: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
00000390: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000003a0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
000003b0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 64 c5 85 87 9d ff 5f 5b   ........d....._[
000003c0: e2 10 68 ec d6 33 33 74 9e 61 78 40 00 00 00 00   ..h..33t.ax@....
000003d0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 57 44 43 20 57 44 32 30   ........WDC WD20
000003e0: 30 42 42 2d 30 30 43 43 42 30 20 20 20 20 20 20   0BB-00CCB0     
000003f0: 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20                  


Am I doing something wrong? I don't see a password?

The CS.BIN Solution posted above did not work, I got a "drive" error message.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 1:47

how did you make the cs.bin file? If you used a text editor that would not work.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 2:57

Could it be used form Seagate drives? example st380011A

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 3:08

Shuky, not a chance $57 $44 $43

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 13:11

Problem Solved - Hard Drive will not power on any longer, no need to unlock a dead drive. Yeah! That's one way to fix it.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 14:36

Shuky wrote:Could it be used form Seagate drives? example st380011A

You will need terminal to read/write seagate firmware , so it can not be done by MHDD .

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 27th, 2009, 20:42

Hello.
How do I get into Terminal in MHDD?
Do I need a special cable?
I've done a batch file with the instructions, to unlock the disk, but it says "Unknown command"

Thanks,

Rodrigo

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

January 28th, 2009, 13:21

Yes u need a special cable use the search function on this forum to find about it .

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

June 22nd, 2009, 6:42

Nirvanowiec, you are awesome!

The script worked perfectly! While the ones at this page didn't work for much:
http://yura.projektas.lt/files/wd/mhdd/index.html

Some hitches:
Had to set BIOS to IDE->Enhanced -> Native, and things worked. Didn't like IDE in flat out compatibility mode, and AHCI bombed horribly. (Board is non-public Intel 975x chipset w/ very weird BIOS options for IDE/SATA)

Also, after much tearing out of hair, I just got to the point of booting off CD (which sadly is PATA) and running the older MHDD off a usb flash drive (seen by system as C:, heh).

The end result was that I was able to very happily remove a password on a drive; this drive I've had for a long time. No interesting data on it; just kept in case 'some day' I found a way to deal with it. (Actually, figured from what I'd read before, that at some point, I could just reformat the drive and have a spare, but this was way more fun.)

For people interested, the first post is with a password (NOT the original: I set this one, and it'll be exactly obvious, especially if anyone happens to enjoy the movie reviews from spill.com (watch on youtube, less annoying than loading their site!) but even if not, it'll be absolutely obvious):
Code:
00000000 FA 00 00 01 0E 00 00 00 02 02 00 0F 32 0C CA FA ............2...
00000010 0A 32 0A 01 41 46 05 01 00 00 20 00 64 00 00 01 .2..AF.... .d...
00000020 60 02 12 00 22 00 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 `..."...........
00000030 00 00 00 01 E0 01 0F 0F 01 02 02 0A 01 02 00 02 ................
00000040 02 06 01 00 FF FF 02 03 50 01 1E 01 01 01 04 40 ........P......@
00000050 0B 00 01 00 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF 00 ................
00000060 00 00 00 12 0A 12 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 1E ................
00000070 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4D 00 24 00 07 00 12 .........M.$....
00000080 00 00 00 00 0E 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 ................
00000090 00 00 00 07 00 01 02 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000000A0 00 01 03 00 03 01 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000000B0 00 00 00 00 00 01 57 44 43 20 57 44 36 30 30 42 ......WDC WD600B
000000C0 45 56 53 2D 32 32 52 53 54 30 20 20 20 20 20 20 EVS-22RST0     
000000D0 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20                 
000000E0 20 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 53 7C 42 7C 4C 7C   ........S|B|L|
000000F0 50 4D 4D 53 48 47 43 55 52 48 56 42 4B 47 55 4A PMMSHGCURHVBKGUJ
00000100 00 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 30 35 .             05
00000110 2D 30 35 2D 32 30 30 37 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 -05-2007........
00000120 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000130 00 00 00 00 00 01 07 00 53 4F 4D 45 4F 4C 45 42 ........SOMEOLEB
00000140 55 4C 4C 53 48 49 54 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ULLSHIT.........
00000150 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 ........WDCWDCWD
00000160 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 CWDCWDCWDCWDCWDC
00000170 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 00 08 00 FE FF 00 00 00 00 WDCWDCW.........
00000180 00 01 30 00 00 05 00 64 00 14 20 32 00 00 00 0F ..0....d.. 2....
00000190 00 01 02 00 40 00 2C 01 32 00 20 00 55 FF 00 00 ....@.,.2. .U...
000001A0 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000001B0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 58 58 58 58 ............XXXX
000001C0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
000001D0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
000001E0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 01 01 01 01 XXXXXXXXXXXX....
000001F0 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 0A 00 31 00 00 01 ............1...

Note byte at offset 137, now look at password cleared:
Code:
00000000 FA 00 00 01 0E 00 00 00 02 02 00 0F 32 0C CA FA ............2...
00000010 0A 32 0A 01 41 46 05 01 00 00 20 00 64 00 00 01 .2..AF.... .d...
00000020 60 02 12 00 22 00 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 `..."...........
00000030 00 00 00 01 E0 01 0F 0F 01 02 02 0A 01 02 00 02 ................
00000040 02 06 01 00 FF FF 02 03 50 01 1E 01 01 01 04 40 ........P......@
00000050 0B 00 01 00 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF 00 ................
00000060 00 00 00 12 0A 12 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00 1E ................
00000070 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4D 00 24 00 07 00 12 .........M.$....
00000080 00 00 00 00 0E 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 ................
00000090 00 00 00 07 00 01 02 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000000A0 00 01 03 00 03 01 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000000B0 00 00 00 00 00 01 57 44 43 20 57 44 36 30 30 42 ......WDC WD600B
000000C0 45 56 53 2D 32 32 52 53 54 30 20 20 20 20 20 20 EVS-22RST0     
000000D0 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20                 
000000E0 20 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 53 7C 42 7C 4C 7C   ........S|B|L|
000000F0 50 4D 4D 53 48 47 43 55 52 48 56 42 4B 47 55 4A PMMSHGCURHVBKGUJ
00000100 00 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 30 35 .             05
00000110 2D 30 35 2D 32 30 30 37 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 -05-2007........
00000120 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000130 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000140 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000150 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 ........WDCWDCWD
00000160 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 44 43 CWDCWDCWDCWDCWDC
00000170 57 44 43 57 44 43 57 00 08 00 FE FF 00 00 00 00 WDCWDCW.........
00000180 00 01 30 00 00 05 00 64 00 14 20 32 00 00 00 0F ..0....d.. 2....
00000190 00 01 02 00 40 00 2C 01 32 00 20 00 55 FF 00 00 ....@.,.2. .U...
000001A0 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
000001B0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 58 58 58 58 ............XXXX
000001C0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
000001D0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
000001E0 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 01 01 01 01 XXXXXXXXXXXX....
000001F0 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 0A 00 31 00 00 01 ............1...


To make it very clear, as far as I see, the only changes, are these (first password, than unlocked):
Code:
00000130 00 00 00 00 00 01 07 00 53 4F 4D 45 4F 4C 45 42 ........SOMEOLEB
00000140 55 4C 4C 53 48 49 54 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ULLSHIT.........

Code:
00000130 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000140 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................


This might be useful to someone else to do something? I wish I knew a lot more, like how to dump the whole firmware; none of the tools like marv_fl.com work when the drive's attached to SATA (on this system, anyway) and it's been too long since I did a COM file to quickly fix it. (For that system, port 0xFC00 for beginning IO, and 0xF882 (I think) for control). Would really love to know what the bytes in the feature register do in the mhdd script for this, and if there's a way of specifying reading more than a sector at a time.

Anyway, this forum rules... thank you to the people here who post helpful stuff, instead of just telling people they don't need to know. For me, I didn't have to have this drive's password cleared, but it's really neat to have done so!

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

June 27th, 2009, 8:52

but without any result

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 26th, 2009, 21:48

So ive been working around with the scripts in this post for a couple of hours now to no avail. Im thinking it might be my type of HDD, which is a WD Scorpio WD1600B EVT (SN: WXE808CN3140). If anyone has the ata commands for this hard drive, Id would love you forever. Its my girlfriends laptop and we really dont have the money to shell out for a new hard drive or to even get it fixed. Anyone feel like helping?

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 27th, 2009, 1:37

There are free services that will unlock drive AND ERASE EVERYTHING ON IT. Otherwise, live with it. I won't help and I say it clear because : 1) it's proprietary info and 2) there is a specific legal issue - imagine what...
Nevertheless, maybe someone else doesn't care so sit and wait.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 27th, 2009, 2:09

Honestly we dont care if we lose all the data on it, we just want to be able to use her laptop, since its a pretty decent machine and its the only one she has. Mind sharing some details on said services? I did a google search and can only come up with ones that require an OS to be open, which I cant do considering its a laptop.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 27th, 2009, 2:32

http://www.hddunlock.com/

You have to connect the drive to another PC to use it. Read very carefully and BE CAREFUL. Perform everything on a PC where there is no critical data, so a wrong action can not destroy anything valuable.

Probably this is the solution you're searching for.

AGAIN, THIS IS A DESTRUCTIVE PROCESS, YOU WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING ON THE DRIVE AND YOU'LL HAVE TO PARTITION THE DRIVE AGAIN AND REINSTALL O.S. , DRIVERS, APPLICATIONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE SO BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE ONLY RECOVERY PARTITION ON THE DISK AND NO O.S. MEDIA !! I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCIES.

Note : if the drive has been locked by internal failure and not by forgotten password, hddunlock won't help and the drive has to be serviced.

Let me know if it fixed the problem.

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 27th, 2009, 7:16

Alterative just buy a new laptop hard disk

Either way you are going to have to reinstall WIndows and all applications

and if you retain the old disk, you can get it unlocked or recovered, for a fee, if you suddenly remember something you need

Re: Unlocking ATA Password for Western Digital

July 27th, 2009, 13:11

Or search for the scripts that work on your drive ;)
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