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WD Disk Locked [SOLVED] Fix in first post. Great for SSD's also

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Something very strange has happened to one of my hard drives tonight.. I started up my PC after coming back from dinner and when i opened up My Computer one of my hard disks were missing.

I rebooted and the Intel Matrix popped up stating press CTRL-i if i want to make a raid and it listed my hard disk as "Disk Locked"

During post my ssd's and both of my HDD's show up but when i log into windows it is there, not even in device manager!

Any ideas guys? I've tried to unplug it for a few minutes then back in, but no cigar mad.gif



Anyone who encounters this problem, download Parted Magic, and make it a USB bootable drive.

Run secure erase on the drive (if password pops up leave it as NULL)

When you click erase it may ask you for an enchance erase (do not do this and simply click no)

Let the HDD secure erase (can take some time depending on your HDD my 500gb took around 1 hour)

And your problems will be fixed.

Also this is a great way to rejuvenate your SSD back to defaults speeds like it was fresh out of the box

Tool to create a bootable Parted Magic usb drive
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Parted Magic ISO
http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads#.URbtuaXry51
Edited by z0ki - 2/9/13 at 4:53pm
post #2 of 18
Does HDTune pick it up?

Edit: Sean is here I'll leave it to the experts! tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spacedinvader View Post

Does HDTune pick it up?

Edit: Sean is here I'll leave it to the experts! tongue.gif

I do not have HDTune installed.. Though crystal disk mark didn't pick it up, just the other WD black 500gb i got in there and my SSD's..
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Yeah doesn't show up im afraid frown.gif
post #6 of 18
Dunno if this still exists but try cmd and type unlock driveletter:
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does the drive show up and you just cant access it?
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post #8 of 18
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It shows up in post and in Intel Matrix utility but in Matrix it shows it as "Disk Locked", but actually in BIOS i only see one WD drive and not this one that is "Locked" and it doesn't show up in device manager.
post #9 of 18
POST shows it, but not windows. He kinda says that in the OP...redface.gif

did you try cmd unlock drive: (obviously the drive letter that it was not driveletter!)
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Not at my PC atm.. Turned it off cause i was getting a massive headache lol.... just watching tv with the wife before we go to bed wink.gif
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