View Full Version : western digital hdd smart lock?

03-23-2006, 04:50 AM
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
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

03-23-2006, 05:10 AM
So are you just trying to reformat it?

03-23-2006, 05:19 AM
but with the smart locked i cant access the drive to modify the data

03-23-2006, 05:29 AM
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.

03-23-2006, 05:38 AM
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

03-23-2006, 05:45 AM
Can you get the exact model number of the drive?

03-23-2006, 05:48 AM

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

03-23-2006, 06:02 AM
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 (http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/mhdd_manual.en.html) as well. They have cd isos and floppy boot disks. This command (http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/mhdd_manual.en.html#password) might be what you want.

03-23-2006, 02:24 PM
it needs the password for the unlock/ disable to work
i do not know the password

03-23-2006, 03:00 PM
Then I think the disk is as good as dead my friend.

03-23-2006, 03:09 PM
I'm wondering why its locked in the first place. How did you get to be locked? Was the disk given to you?

03-23-2006, 05:58 PM
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

12-22-2006, 01:12 PM
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. :thumbsup: