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Hard Drive Password

By xavier_rudolph ·
By Accident one of my close pals entered a password lock on my hard drive and couldn't remmember what it was. Please i am looking for a way to remove the password and use my hard drive.

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TR members do not assist password recovery. Do not respond to this thread.

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Or wipe the HDD with a Military Spec Wiping Utility

by OH Smeg In reply to Hard Drive Password

And reload your Computer. Boot & Nuke is a reasonable Wiping Utility that will destroy everything on a HDD and it's free.

http://tinyurl.com/4rfur

Just make sure that you charge your Close Pal for your wasted time & effort.

If you want to crack the password look above.

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I though his pal's name was 'By Accident' <N/T>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Or wipe the HDD with a Mi ...
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A very close pal

by seanferd In reply to I though his pal's name w ...

Goes with him everywhere. :)

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Your HDD is toast.

by seanferd In reply to Hard Drive Password

Manufacturers specifically prevent recovery from this situation. Your buddy owes you a new hard drive.

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removing a HDD PW

by The Scummy One In reply to Hard Drive Password

is likely not going to happen. Even with expensive tools, it will fail more often than work, and the HDD will self destruct and destroy the data on it.
If he cannot remember the pw that was put on it, you have a new paperweight and you will not recover anything from it (everything is lost).

If this is a stolen system -- ha ha ha!!!

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Hard Drive password security is part of the IDE Interface Specification

by robo_dev In reply to removing a HDD PW

Therefore it's not succeptible to any normal attack methods. The hardware will not initialize the drive unless the proper password is given, so the only attack vector involves specialized hardware and someone who is both well versed in controller microcode as well as advanced crypto.

So the short answer is no way any normal human is gonna get to use that drive.

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