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    western digital hdd smart lock?

    i have a western digital 40 G hdd from 2005 that will not boot
    the bios dose detect it.
    under the atapwd it shows up locked
    i tryed to erase the drive
    with the master password WDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWD
    which worked before on the older drives
    it was the way around smart
    is there a new master password for the smart that will unlock the drive?
    thanks in advance

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    So are you just trying to reformat it?
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    yes,
    but with the smart locked i cant access the drive to modify the data

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    Will it not boot up with the win xp disc? The method of unlocking the harddrive seems to be pretty common. I don't see why they would change this.
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    the drive is locked
    no data can be accesed or sent to the hdd
    i for got the smart password
    atapwd will show the drive is there but needs a password in order to get the data off/on the drive
    the old western digital bypass passord was the wdcwdcwdc....
    tryed that in atapwd and says command rejected by drive
    which means that is the wrong one

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    Can you get the exact model number of the drive?
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    yes,

    mdl:wd400bb-00jhco
    date: 28 jul 2005
    dcm: hsbactjca
    s/n wmama5400063
    wd p/n wd400bb-00jhco

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    This software looks promising. http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/
    It basically examines your harddrive. It claims it can unlock it. It would wise if you read the documentation as well. They have cd isos and floppy boot disks. This command might be what you want.
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    it needs the password for the unlock/ disable to work
    i do not know the password

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    Then I think the disk is as good as dead my friend.

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    I'm wondering why its locked in the first place. How did you get to be locked? Was the disk given to you?
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    the disk was given to me a while back. I think now it was probily in a xbox but im not shure the person who gave it to me on longer lives in the usa and i dont know there adderss

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    Western Digital XBOX Hard drive Unlock

    I recently unlocked my Western Digital harddrive with the WDC password even though it gave me an error.
    I read this on some a website and ,yes, it works.
    (I did it and I'm using the HD right now)

    -put DOS on a floppy disk
    -add atapwd.exe to the disk
    -turn off the computer & connect your Western Digital hard drive.
    -turn on the computer and inset floppy
    -type atapwd.exe after A:\
    -when the menu loads click on your harddrive
    - >Prepare Erase
    - >Erase
    -enter the password " wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd "
    -It should come back with an error, press enter and the hard drive name will disappear from the list
    -DO NOT RESTART-...Your harddrive is being formatted.
    -Let it sit at that screen for 30mins
    -Afterwards, press the F5 key(refresh) and the hard drive should reappear on the list
    -restart...and it'll be unlocked.


    I don't know if that will help your problem but I hope it helps someone.
    Last edited by cubasterd; 12-22-2006 at 01:38 PM. Reason: edit.


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