Question about Hitachi TravelStar 80GN 80 GB Hard Drive
Have removed the HD from my notebook, and put the same HD in again. And now the computer asks for a drive lock password.
I have NEVER set this password (didn't know it existed).
Have tried to call HP support, but they couldn't help me. Said there's nothing else to do, than bying another HD.
The HD is a Hitachi ic25n080atmr04-0 and my computer is a HP Pavilion zv5466ea.
Can anyone help me?
Probably a little bit late but I think I found a solution ...
1.pull the hard drive out of the laptop
2.boot computer into bios settings
3. set a new bios password and check lock computer
4.while the computer is on slide the HDD in the laptop again.
5. save and exit bios
6.fortunately in the next boot you will get your hdd back
Posted on Jan 16, 2010
This is called a ATA-password. Also known as HDD Password, HDP, Security lock, HDD Security feature. It is a standard included in the ATA Specification. (read the ata-spec) If a drive is locked it (to be precise the controller on drive pcb) will reject all read/write operations and some other operations. Thus it is impossible to use any software-tools to read/whipe the password.
It IS possible to unlock the drive using extra hardware. This hardwarecan READ OUT the password in cleartext (as i understand). Visit http://www.vogon-forensic-hardware.co.uk/password-cracker-pod.php for proof.
There are however other way's:
1 Brute force the lock
2 hack firmware
3 in case of laptop: read out the password from the chip of the laptopmotherboard.
4 buy the required hardware yourself: very expensive. Vogon charges30,000 pounds!
So buy a new drive!!
Posted on Jul 05, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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