Solved Are HDD able to self lock?

April 22, 2015 at 10:48:18
Specs: Windows 7, i5 cpu 650 @3.20Ghz / 5Gb ram 64bit
I am a amateur on computing so just trying with fail and error.

Now my friend gave me his LAPTOP for repair. went to black screen and operation system not found.
Possible, yeah so went to the bios and placed boot from CD-DVD at top
Then booted with the windows 7 disk (not included with the laptop)
tried to install the new operation system. but the install program didn't manage to locate any drive.
So I started thinking, probably the HDD failed or anything inside the laptop might be loose.
opened the laptop and removed the HDD then plugged it into my desktop.

after booting my desktop i get a balloon pop up in the right corner Locked Hard drive found click here to unlock.
upon clicking Intel matrix storage console starts up and i can read all the info of the HDD

gate 2: TOSHIBA MQ01ABD050

status : locked
device gate : 2
Location device gate: internal
SATA transmission or something like that : generation 2
model : Toshiba MQ01ABD050
serie nr 528DF29YS
firmware AXF03H
intigrated gueue : yes
size : 465.7GB

rightclicking gives the dropdown menu to
activate gateLED
HDD unlock

so as soon as i try the unlock i am promped a password ... WT*

(ok well never been in this situation)

i tried some default passwords like admin ADMIN default and such... but no luck

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April 22, 2015 at 11:53:32
Hard disk don't self-lock. But owners can lock laptop hard disks to make the computer useless if it is stolen. Without the password there's not much you can do, but you could try contacting Toshiba with proof of ownership.

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April 22, 2015 at 12:23:18
The owner is a bit of a non technical person, I'm very sure he didnt placed any password on it so it's toshiba that placed an anti theft on the HD, but how come i cant boot its from the original device? my friend just told me he was playing a truck simulater and after a few hours the laptop went black.

I'll see what toshiba can do, but i have no idea if theres any warrenty or proiof of puirchase available anymore.

Thanks for the answer

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April 22, 2015 at 13:45:39
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HDDs don't just password protect themselves. "Someone" put the password in place. Maybe the owner did it by accident, not realizing what he/she was doing? or possibly someone else who has access to the laptop setup the password, also not knowing what he/she was doing? or maybe it was even done deliberately as a prank?

Regardless, the password protection used in laptops is almost impossible to crack. If you can't determine what the password is, and/or can't produce rightful ownership documents to Toshiba, you're out of luck. And if you buy a new HDD & install it, you run the risk of it becoming locked as well.

This service will unlock it for $100:

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April 22, 2015 at 14:45:03
I don't know anything about laptop password protection in particular,
but on general principles, if this drive was password-protected, then
the person using it had to input the password in order to play the
"truck simulator" and every other time he started up the laptop.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 22, 2015 at 23:47:56
Yeah thats what i guessed, but he didnt even had a windows password. he just booted his laptop every time.

I do know he did not have any virus or other protection, and like everyone you don't need to do alot of strange things on the internet to get infected by something.

Is there a possibility that its a hijack?
well don't wanne risk locking a second HDD. uhm i allready tried mailing toshiba for support but as the HDD was part of a sony vaio witch is really bad for customer support
I can't really proof anything i guesse.

Thanks for all the replies tho, still working on it, but 100$ is alot to pay for memories.

Oh yeah I also forgot to say, that when i put the hard disk in the original laptop i don't even get promped a password, the bios doesnt even find a hard disk connected :(

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