Blow Up password-protected WD HD

July 3, 2010 at 08:45:44
Specs: n/a, 1.8 GHZ / 512
I have seen lots of questions here regarding password-locked disk drives, but none asking what I require.

I was given two 4-year-old 500GB Western Digital drives that suffered that random mysterious password lockup that others have written about. I don't care what's on these drives, I don't want to recover any data, I am not interested in applying military-level security ... I just want to club these babies over the head and reformat them to a completely blank state. No clandestine or malevolent intent here -- its just that these drives are still in superb shape and I want to get them back in action.

Boot n Nuke from the Ultimate Boot CD hasn't helped. Is there anything out there short of an acetylene torch that will only perform a big dumb wipe, password and all?

Thanks very much.

Al Peterson
Washington DC

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July 3, 2010 at 09:41:01
The torch will work, but before you do that try Killdisk.

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July 3, 2010 at 13:03:29
Thanks for the advice Grasshopper, but I'm afraid it wasn't successful. I got about 10 mins of beeps, write errors and 0% progress before I derailed the process. These drives are baked.

I'm just going to harvest the magnets, save one platter as a camping mirror and recycle the rest.

Al Peterson
Washington DC

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July 3, 2010 at 13:20:15
I never thought about using it as a camping mirror. Good idea. Well, at least you tried. Good luck.

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