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post #1 of 11
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Hi,

I got an PVR receiver from my parents after they changed provider, it had a 500GB Western digital WD5000AVDS-63U7B1 drive in it.

I cant format it, as it appears to be locked with a master password.
Security is also set to maximum so I cant seem to unlock it in HDAT2 with the "WDCWDCWDC...etc" password.

I just want to be able to use it in my PC, Anyone got any tips?
post #2 of 11
Try gparted and format?

http://gparted.org/
post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HITTI View Post

Try gparted and format?

http://gparted.org/

It's locked on a firmware level.

I dont have access to any of the partitions.
post #4 of 11
I do not know the tools to do it today, but...

Once had to reflash the firmware, format, re-partition and image a Microcenter-purchased 250GB WD blue 2.5" drive for upgrading a 4GB XBOX 360 S. It's still in service today held in with bubble wrap, even managed to get xbox OG emulation working.
I digress.

Perhaps reflash a consumer model's firmware onto it? Will need to use a tool that will force the flash, and the too.

Warning: such a procedure has a high likelihood of bricking the drive if the consumer model's firmware is not 100% compatible.
ex. I've seen major control board variations even in the same model series.

I'd give Lord Xeb a PM if I were in your position. He knows a lot about HDDs in this regard, might be able to point you in the right direction.
Edited by DesertRat - 4/16/17 at 6:29am
post #5 of 11
That drive is wed locked and requires it to be sent out for advanced data recovery. It is a complex firmware issue.
 
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That drive is wed locked and requires it to be sent out for advanced data recovery. It is a complex firmware issue.

Sooo, Bin it? =/
post #7 of 11
It can be recovered but not fixed. Requires special tools because even if you fix it you cannot access the data unless you have something like a PC3K or something similar. If there is no important data you need, then yes, bin it.

Sorry, correction. The drive is SED locked. Not wed locked.

SED = Self Encryption Drive.

Have you tried using GParted to format the drive? If not then it definitely has a firmware lock on it. Data recovery companies are going to recover the data and not remove said lock.
Edited by Lord Xeb - 4/16/17 at 10:43pm
 
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by HITTI View Post

Try gparted and format?

http://gparted.org/
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

It can be recovered but not fixed. Requires special tools because even if you fix it you cannot access the data unless you have something like a PC3K or something similar. If there is no important data you need, then yes, bin it.

Sorry, correction. The drive is SED locked. Not wed locked.

SED = Self Encryption Drive.

Have you tried using GParted to format the drive? If not then it definitely has a firmware lock on it. Data recovery companies are going to recover the data and not remove said lock.

Not sure what I am doing wrong here, have tried 32bit and 64bit Gparted,

After 50-ish seconds I get a screen with a menu, but the keyboard doesnt work, unplug-replug doesnt help.

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post #9 of 11
Well, GParted is coming up with
DRDY - Drive Ready - Error
ABRT - I see this when there is an error with a drive. Command send but no response.

I think that drive may be failed. Or it could still be firmware locked.
 
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Well, GParted is coming up with
DRDY - Drive Ready - Error
ABRT - I see this when there is an error with a drive. Command send but no response.

I think that drive may be failed. Or it could still be firmware locked.

Thanks for your attempts to help atleast smile.gif

I'll put it on a shelf and maybe never look at it again.
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