Hey all, I am currently working as an intern for a public school district in their IT department and I was tasked with reformatting a 60 GB hard drive that a student had locked with a password. I tried moving it from the unit to my home computer to see if I could access it there, but the password is definitely on the hard drive itself.
I've tried Hitatchi's own hard drive software in an attempt to reformat this hard drive because I can't even initialize it in the state that it is in right now, and if I do try and initialize it, it gives me an I/O error, which I know isn't caused by the cable or the mobo because I took the exact SATA cable slot and cable from my CD drive.
I'm reaching my wits end, is there any way to reformat this thing without trying brute force number punching?
We cannot help you bypass passwords and that includes reformatting the disk.
Hard disk passwords are stored in the hard disk controller's non-volatile firmware. There is no way to remove one once it's been set.