The hd vendor is responsible for the usability of the drive. The hdd pw info is written on what used to be called the CE (custom engineering I think) cylinder and normal tools will not change, read or reset that info.
If you bought the drives from a reputable vendor, get an RMA and return them. If you bought them from e-bay, your are probably SOL.
On the other hand, compaq had a bios update to fix sudden driveLock initialization:
Specific models are listed in the link.
I just got a supertalent SDD drive with the hd password set on it as a replacement on an rma. I had to send it right back since they could not use the algorithm on a Dell machine since they are third party suppliers and not dell hardware partners. I suspect it was a Chinese recycler pull since it took them three weeks to replace it the first time.
BC mods: Sometimes the hdd password problem is not a stolen laptop issue and the user can be referred to their computer vendor (or hd vendor when it is a replacement) which will help them if the customer ownership chain is clear and the device is under warranty.