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November 10, 2012 3:11:37 AM

I want reuse a hdd it is locked, legacy ata encrypted. I want this hdd wiped clean. A fresh start. Any advice?

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November 26, 2012 1:38:29 AM

fzabkar said:
Try an ATA Secure Erase:
http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/hughes/SecureErase.html

Still no luck on the hdd. I have more info if someone can help,
hitachi HTS545025B9A
When the computer displays - enter unlock password - it also displays (key:60714117)


I don't want to throw this thing away. The SMART shows it's in good health.
Any info is welcome.
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November 26, 2012 2:27:09 AM

It appears that you may have an Acer laptop. If so, then you would need to supply the key to Acer Tech Support. They have a tool to unlock your laptop. It does this by using the key to generate the original password.

See http://www.allservice.ro/acer/
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