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16-Oct-2011, 02:53 PM #1
Removing locked HDD password
So I sent off my netbook to be repaired, and because of the crappy warrenty Asus offers it too 6 months to get back, my this time I've forgotten my HDD password. I changed the master and the user password in the BIOS when I was using it before it broke. So now I have it back and I'm trying to get my HDD unlocked. I don't care about the data on the hard drive anymore, so if I need to erase it to get it working, so be it. I've booted into an MS-DOS disk, and run ATAPWD and nothing I'v read seems to have helped. I've clicked "Set password" then typed the supposed master password for Western Digital drives: WDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWD. and it says: "Error: command rejected by drive"
I also have MHDD on the boot disk but have found no clear instructions on how to use it. So both tools are open for use. Please help!

Also, I read that I can issue a security erase prepare command, which is probably my best shot, I've tried Gordon Hugh's MS-DOS program to no avail, I issue the "Enhanced security erase" but it tells me the drive is locked.
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16-Oct-2011, 03:00 PM #2
We can't help you. Please read the rules about passwords. We have no way to determine who owns that drive.

The drive is locked by its own electronics in most cases like this and you will just need to use the correct password.
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