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i need help trying to format laptop hard disc wiped with "wave"


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#1 ozart1

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:17 AM

i have a 250gb and 320gb laptop hard disc that was wiped using something called "Wave". not sure what that is and cannot get drives to read and format. can anyone help?



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 03:12 AM

How are you accessing the drives, and how do they appear in Disk Management?

If they have been zero filled they should be able to be initialized, partitioned and formatted in DM.

If they have been Hardware Full Disk Encrypted by software from seemingly defunct computer security company Wave Computing, then the drives go in the nearest bin unless you can obtain the passwords.
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Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:31 AM

thank you for the response. i've had success formatting a few of these drives, others show about 129mb, still others get started in the process and reach a point to show an error. i'm hopeful that it is operator error rather than the drives being bad. i tried this forum thinking someone out there would have an answer (you did), or the software, or be able to point me in the right direction. based on your response, the password would be with the from whomever i got these from? or available from another source (drive manufacturer, online match, etc)?



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 06:16 AM

Depending on the brand of drives, they can be tested with the utilities supplied by the manufacturers:

https://www.hgst.com/support/hard-drive-support/downloads
http://www.seagate.com/au/en/support/downloads/seatools/
https://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?lang=en#downloads

The first from Hitachi might might be the most likely to be happy with other brands than the one they're supplied for.

If the drives you can't read at all are Full Disk Encrypted (FDE), they can only be accessed with the password used to encrypt them, so you'd need to source that from whoever encrypted the drives.
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