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post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by fapestar View Post

It's like BIOS password protected. I"m not sure what to name it.
It's one of those passwords where it wont POST to windows until you put in the correct password

1. Encrypted, maybe TrueCrypt.
2. Windows OS on the HDD is password-protected

Think it's one of these. If it's a Windows password it couldn't be too hard, as nothing's encrypted. If it's encrypted, well... how long was the password?!?!

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/password-recovery-gpu,2945-6.html

Good odds if it's only 8 characters. If you're trying to crack someone's state secrets (or something like 16 characters long..), better get quad-7970's and a couple Xeon 8-cores.
 
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I'm just going to go ahead and ask at this point. Why can't you just ask the owner what the password is? Thanks
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It's a spare part from an Old PC. In esscence, it's worth 50 bux to me, because next time I need a working HDD i'll have one.

If you wan't to know why I need a method.

I'f i remember right...I believe it was only 4 characters long, probably numerical only.

The loadup screen comes on and immidiately it ask for a password
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post #14 of 22
IIRC, there are a few different passwords.

BIOS passwords- easily resettable through clearing CMOS & pulling BIOS battery for a little bit.
Pop it back in, and should be good to go.

Windows passwords- very easily cracked using a variety of different tools, primarily OPHCrack, or Windows NT Offline Registry PW.

HDD Passwords- where the password resides on the firmware of the HDD, and cannot be reset/cracked unless with very special tools.
I believe on some drives you can short two pins out with a paperclip, and it will reset.
Other times, if you send the drive back to manufacturer, they can/cannot reset it for you.

This is all info I've learned off a few podcasts, so I may be wrong, but I've heard this same info across 3 different ones, so I can only assume it's correct.
Good luck.

Brand/Model of drive is better.
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can you upload a screen of what you are seeing? Maybe one of us will recognize what it is and can advise accordingly
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post #16 of 22
You said it is just the hard drive and you just want it so you can have a working drive. You don't need anything on the drive.

So, wipe the drive, done.
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post #17 of 22
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HDD Passwords- where the password resides on the firmware of the HDD, and cannot be reset/cracked unless with very special tools.
I believe on some drives you can short two pins out with a paperclip, and it will reset.
Other times, if you send the drive back to manufacturer, they can/cannot reset it for you.


It's That one. I don't know if wipping the drive will fix the problem. It's a Firmware Password.

I don't believe that a Format will clear the password.

I'm sure the best thing to do is to short it, but I don't know what to short.

I was thinking of unscrwing the circut board and reseting it and seeing if that cleared it.

I've bee looking all over the internet and the answers aren't very clear...and i'm almost sure formating it wont help. Also, i'm kind of curious what was on there....but i'll try to format it first.
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post #18 of 22
Didn't bother to read through the entire thread but if you don't need the data on the drive just dban it.

Boot and nuke ftw.

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post #19 of 22
Pull the cmos battery out for a few mins.like already stated wink.gif
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Okay, so Cmos is not going to fix the problem, I already tried that. IT is a password specific to the Hard drive...a Firmware password.

Unless somebody knows how to short the board so it looses it's password information....I have to try to see if these programs can crack it
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