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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:33 PM
Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:42 PM
You have to change the sata operation (in bios) to ATA, Compatibility, or IDE to use MHDD or for MHDD to see the drive. it is probably currently set to AHCI or RAID. Write down the current setting, you will need to change it back to that setting when MHDD is done.
I have never seen a hard drive password: is the drive data encrypted? Is it the windows boot password? Is it a bios password? Unfortunately I can not provide any help in removing passwords. If you would like to format the drive you can do that from MHDD, or you could do that from a windows oem disc when re-installing.
Edited by zingo156, 01 April 2014 - 02:44 PM.
Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:12 PM
If the hard drive is password protected, you are pretty much out of luck in regards to formatting and getting data off of it.
I have no experience with the following company. They will remove the excryption for a fee depending on the capacity of the drive but the data is erased when the password is wiped.
Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:19 AM
Edited by Flexatek, 02 April 2014 - 11:19 AM.
Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:04 AM
If the computer is manufactured then the CD key that was used to install Windows will not match the sticker on the machine. Additionally the key on the drive will allow you to install, but it will not activate. (Voice of experience here).
zingo156 I don't know what machine this came from, but HP calls this feature Drive Lock. This is a password that is stored on the drive that will not allow you to access the drive, even if installed in a different machine, without the password. It isn't encryption as you can turn it on and off and the effect is instant. You may be able to wipe the drive by reinstalling in the original machine and wiping it from the BIOS.
Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:15 AM
I have never used a hard drive password, nor have I run into anyone using one. I learn something every day.
Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:52 AM
The drive is still locked. Tried a handful of things, and didn't want to waste anymore time on a 160GB drive. I was just really curious out of experience to see if it were possible. I've ran into this issue before, but usually just replaced the drive and moved on. As far as I have figured out, the Password is built into the firmware and won't let the drive "Spin-up" until the correct password in entered.
It's really a pointless feature to the average consumer, if you even forget one character of the password, they are nearly impossible to get back (for free).
That being said, I was able to figure out the CD Key with a couple trial & error of using different characters. The drive now sicks in the stock of other useless drives. Computer is up & running perfectly.
Thanks for everyone's help. BUT If you guys ever figure something out, please post here. I will always have that curiosity on how to do it.
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