ATA Password

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Dre009, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    My laptop motherboard got fried Friday and my Hard drive had a HDD password on it.
    I want to access my hard drive but whenever i plug it into another computer and try to boot from it, it prompt to enter a password, typed the correct hdd password but it doesn't access it. it just goes back to enter password screen.

    It will install the drivers in Windows but that's it.
    it doesn't show in device manager in windows XP but it shows in Disk Management in Vista if my memory is correct it shows the drive as unknown and show the Disk Space
    I tried a Linux boot disc and i would not find the Hard drive anywhere.

    Is there a way to access my HD again without losing my files??
    Any help or suggestion is accepted
    My Hard drive is a Western Digital Scorpio Blue SATA Hard drive
     
  2. gabris[LT]

    gabris[LT] MDL Senior Member

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    Hi, set hard disk emulation in bios to ide, and try program named: ATAPWD 1.2, it can be found in hirens bootCD (it should be on any version of hirens starting from 10.x). hope problem gets solved. :)
    P.S. Emulation may not be neccesary, but have that in mind if program won't see the drive and you haven't changed hard disk operation mode.
     
  3. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    Will this method leave my files intact?
     
  4. gabris[LT]

    gabris[LT] MDL Senior Member

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    And for what reason this kind of programs exist? :) Saving files of course. :) Yes, it should leave your old files.
    P.S. In our days information sometimes is more expensive than hard disk itself.
     
  5. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    Ok thanks, i will try this tomorrow. I was reluctant to try this method today, even burnt the disc already just need someone to verify before I continue.

    Any other suggestions anyone?
     
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  7. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    #7 Dre009, Aug 18, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
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    Sadly didn't get to try it, was busy starting over back my projects and a friend had it from the night before. He's taking a wack at it.
    I won't be able to post a result til Friday or Saturday
    Thanks for being concern, I'll sure to post back a result as soon as possible.:cool:

    Update:
    Tried it in a Similar laptop to mine, it said the password was invalid also http://forums.mydigitallife.net/vb4_style/smilies_default/frown.gif
    also tried to use the ATAPWD program and the PC turned off as i try to access the program from the Disc http://forums.mydigitallife.net/vb4_style/smilies_default/eek.gif

    I contacted Western Digital and they directed me to the Manufacturer's website because Manufacturer are the one's that deal with the passwords and encryption for the drives (my drive not sure if this is for all WD)

    They said I should sent it in along with the laptop and they will take care of the password, for a price that is
    I guess i can call this solved
     
  8. sh00reg

    sh00reg MDL Novice

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    Did you password-protect your drive manually, or you have used some complex software, like HP's Protect Tools?