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Re: unlock utility for linux

--- On Fri, 3/13/09, Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel infinity-ltd com> wrote:

> From: Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel infinity-ltd com>
> Subject: Re: unlock utility for linux
> To: "Community assistance, encouragement, and advice for using Fedora." <fedora-list redhat com>
> Date: Friday, March 13, 2009, 3:41 PM
> Antonio Olivares wrote:
> > 
> > I wish it was that simple. The hard drive is locked,
> has a
> password. Someone locked it. Linux sees the device but it
> returns IO
> errors. Windows sees it but asks for the password. I want
> to get rid
> of that so that I can make use of the hard drive. Gparted
> did not do
> it, system rescue cd did not do it, someone has suggested
> Ultimate
> boot cd so I am likely going to give it a try, but after
> the holidays.
> > 
> > Thanks for responding. Also to Alan I will see what
> hdparm
> returns, I have checked man hdparm, but that does not help
> me much :(
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Antonio 
> > 
> I don't think hdparm is going to help if you do not
> know the
> password. I did a Google search, and came up with a link
> that may
> help - but it is a windows program.
> http://www.hddunlock.com/
> It is supposed to destructively unlock the drive - is other
> words,
> you lose all the data on the drive. But that should not be
> a problem
> in this case.
> The problem you have run into is that the password lock is
> done by
> the drives firmware, and blocks access to the drive until
> it gets
> the proper password. So moving or trying to re-format the
> drive does
> not help.
> Mikkel
> -- 
>   Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
> for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
> -- 

Those guys charge for it.  :(, it is not an "OPEN SOURCE" solution.  

I looked in the tools within ultimate boot cd



If it does not work, I'll just throw away the hard drive and buy a new one.  Why kill brain cells?  

Thanks though for the suggestion.  I thought that by doing an erasing or wiping, I could have access to the hard drive, but I guess I got excited too soon :(




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