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 Post subject: How to unlock a locked SSD?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:32 pm 
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A friend of mine bought some used Dell notebooks and they came with solid state drives (SSDs). But one of them was password locked and he didn't want to hassle with trying to figure out how to unlock it. We don't want the data on it or recover it, we just want to erase it, repartition it, format it, whatever, basically start over. He asked me for help and I've found some websites that talk about how to try and unlock drives using the 'hdparm' command in Linux, but I've had no luck with these. Do you know of a way to unlock a SSD so we can erase and re-use the drive? I hate to just throw away an otherwise perfectly good 250GB SSD!! Many thanks for helpful replies.


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 Post subject: Re: How to unlock a locked SSD?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:33 pm 
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As I suspect you know that lock is built into the ATA drive's firmware (not the drive proper) and may not be possible to remove. Installing or updating the firmware does not remove the password. Since you don't want to access the data you maybe able to wipe the entire drive resetting the password to nothing if the app will wipe the firmware registers as well.

If the password is on the HPA it may be easier to do particularly if you have an identical accessible drive to copy that HPA to overwrite the locked drive.

I would try Secure Erase (read documentation) and if that didn't work HDAT2. This is older but then so is the ATA password method: http://www.rockbox.org/lock.html
--- Found on The UBCD.

http://forum.hddguru.com/viewtopic.php?t=9993&start=

http://translate.google.com/translate?j ... -hard.html

Let us know how things turn out.

A commercial app that looks like a test demo to tell you whether it can unlock the password and for $20 it will do it with a wipe. Or another promises to unlock data intact. Or another.


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 Post subject: Re: How to unlock a locked SSD?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:47 pm 
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I wonder if this is something that DBAN could remove?


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 Post subject: Re: How to unlock a locked SSD?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:00 pm 
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nsvander wrote:
I wonder if this is something that DBAN could remove?

No its not.


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