wd2500yd hdd password locked???

March 21, 2008 at 11:40:37
Specs: xppro sp2, 2.8 p4
my brother and i were given a couple of 250 gig hdd's
and tried to install them into our systems and found that we could not manage them in any way
we went thru the typical venues by downloading the diags from the manuf website and tried to init them
we finaly called wd and found that the hdd's were password locked
is there a way of retrieve the password or wipe the hdd
w/out the orig software from the packaged hdd's we do not care if the data is wiped out.

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March 21, 2008 at 11:48:51
If the harddrives are 2.5" laptop drives then there is no method to use those drives. That is an anti-theft feature and is by design. That may be why they were given to you.

If they are desktop drives then read below. This spec would apply to other brands as well.

Do Western Digital EIDE drives support hard drive locking?

Current Western Digital ATA/100 EIDE and SATA drives support the ATA/ATAPI-6 specification, including the security mode settings. Some vendors use the security feature to ensure the usage of only specific drives in their system. The drives can also be locked by a third party utility. When a drive is locked using the ATA security mode settings, the same utility and the original code used to lock the drive are necessary to unlock the drive. If your drive has been locked, we recommend that you contact your system vendor or the manufacturer of the software utility that was used to lock the drive for assistance.

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March 21, 2008 at 14:48:57

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March 21, 2008 at 17:08:06
Thank you for the replies.
The info that OtheHill gave is the same as the info on the wd website.
We were just looking for a trick or two that someone else may have experienced.

The links that XpUser4real gave were for a hard drive that you could access windows with.
And the hdd's that we have were locked by third party that did not need the hdd's anymore.

We thought of adding them in as slave but they are sata 3.5 inch drives
and sata not supporting master slave config did not work

Does microsoft have licence control over our hdd's as well???
don't they know that this kind of action might just make people want to use apple computers.
They are not far from turning the market now as it is.

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March 21, 2008 at 18:49:55
Those disks can be used in Apple computers too.

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