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ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

September 9th, 2008, 2:12

Seen many problems with MHDD fasterase, so I reviewed the posts.
When I posted the step by step procedure I typed LOCK instead of PWD in step 1 ( the other arre correct ) , I should not post after doing some hard work :) (I have mixed-up on my mind the procedure of two different programs I use, call it habit)
I apologize for the inconvenience. Here is the CORRECT procedure.

0) Select correct port and - for security - check with EID that you are working with the RIGHT drive (will display drive model and SERIAL NUMBER!)
1) Issue PWD
2) MHDD will respond "Type USER pwd max 32sym (empty line for cancel)"
3) type a password es. 1234 and remember it.
4) Issue EID command to verify the locking. PWD will lit and the warning "drive is locked with ATA password" will appear
5) at this point issue FASTERASE
6) type the user password in this case 1234
7) wait a few seconds and MHDD will show "OK FASTERASE STARTED"... otherwise the entered PW is incorrect.
wait until BSY turns off. You can be warned with a beep issuing WAIT command (the pc wll beep when the drive is not busy anymore)
9) the drive is erased.

Most drives unlock automatically after fasterase, other have to be UNLOCKed (issue UNLOCK command and type user or master pwd.) then DISPWD.
Turn off then on the drive and you'll see the drive is not locked anymore.

FASTERASE uses internal security functions so is much faster than erasing the LBAs . It took me about 40 min. for a Maxtor 160GB. , may vary depending on brand and capacity.

NOTE : if you get "This drive does not support security features...." when you issue PWD, either the security features are turned OFF or the drive DOES NOT support at all the security features. Nothing to do in that case except ERASE .

NOTE#2 : I have experienced drives that refuse the FASTERASE command while the password locking works.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

September 18th, 2008, 8:58

It tried the instructions you posted, but it will not accept the PWD password I type in. My daughter got a hold of my laptop and accidently locked the hard drive.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

September 18th, 2008, 9:01

I have a Seagate ST980911AS hard drive- that is locked.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

September 19th, 2008, 16:41

This procedure is for use of FASTERASE not for unlocking the drives. FASTERASE is a function for ERASING the drive. I repeat : ERASING. Please READ carefully before doing damage. If you have a locked drive, without known user or master PWD you can't unlock it - or you need very expensive HW diagnostic equipment to deal with the security subsystem of the drive.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

September 20th, 2008, 10:10

thank you.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

November 22nd, 2014, 2:36

Seen many problems with MHDD fasterase, so I reviewed the posts.
When I posted the step by step procedure I typed LOCK instead of PWD in step 1 ( the other arre correct ) , I should not post after doing some hard work :) (I have mixed-up on my mind the procedure of two different programs I use, call it habit)

shami

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

November 22nd, 2014, 4:08

interesting, I wonder what the next step is going to be....

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

December 19th, 2014, 8:24

shamiawais wrote:Seen many problems with MHDD fasterase, so I reviewed the posts.
When I posted the step by step procedure I typed LOCK instead of PWD in step 1 ( the other arre correct ) , I should not post after doing some hard work :) (I have mixed-up on my mind the procedure of two different programs I use, call it habit)

shami

??? seems a copy/paste of my 1st post on thread. Anyway if help was needed just re-read the thread... everything IS in 1st post.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

January 1st, 2015, 2:27

Well,
:mrgreen: BlackST howdy mate long time no see ,no chat .Anyways I am looking for The fastest way for erase my self drives that i use for DR recovery .Does anyone have a experience whats the fastest was to do this .I plan to use a Custom Cabinet + Computer Motherboard with 2 IDE + 4 SATA Ports .

PS : Let me know if anyone wanna see the custom cabinet for cloning :D

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

January 2nd, 2015, 13:37

Internal erase (ATA security erase) in most case is the fastest and most secure (for internal deployment/reuse) way and you don't have to bother, just give power and let it go leaving the I/F free...

@Amarbir - Fine, thanks... I'll PM you.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

January 2nd, 2015, 13:53

BlackST wrote:Internal erase (ATA security erase) in most case is the fastest and most secure (for internal deployment/reuse) way and you don't have to bother, just give power and let it go leaving the I/F free...

@Amarbir - Fine, thanks... I'll PM you.


Well,
Sure But i Was Still Thinking Might Be Something is Faster .Anyways Great To Know Are All Well .Mostly All Drives Once Data Is Given To User Have to be erased sector wise and as capacities have surpassed 1tb in india and reaching 2,3 and 4 i wise thinking likewise .

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

February 15th, 2016, 17:05

:oops: taking advantage , I wonder if someone could explain me about MHDD 4.5 scripts sent by ATA commands? and how to create them I did a search and found nothing

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

February 15th, 2016, 17:18

Tutorial: Using MHDD to send ATA commands to a HDD:
http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php? ... 987&p=4307

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

February 15th, 2016, 18:51

Not MHDD related but i would also recommend you to read this :

"Playing" with ATA passwords and HRT ATA Terminal :

http://www.hddoracle.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=1214

Same commands/principals can be applyed with MHDD scripting.

Regards.

Re: ERRATA : MHDD FASTERASE

February 18th, 2016, 9:21

Thank you , removed the doubts and great topics , thank you !!
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