hard drive problem

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Wed Jun 24 15:41:25 UTC 2015

On Wed, June 24, 2015 10:36 am, kpneal at pobox.com wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 08:57:20AM -0500, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
>> jd1008 writes:
>> > does anyone have a way to unlock the master pword in
>> > a recent WD 2TB  2.5" drive?
>> "Master pword?" Is this a firmware-level encrypted drive? If so, no. A
>> "reset" feature would defeat the purpose of having encryption in the
>> first place. If the drive is self-encrypting you don't know the
>> password, the drive's a brick.
> My guess is that you can tell the drive to use a new password, but the
> contents of the drive are lost. That's assuming a firmware-level
> encryption.
> BTW, are there really 2TB _2.5"_ drives on the market?

It may be an enclosure with two 1TB 2.5" drives either concatenated, or
RAID0 thus presenting itself as 2 TB. Just a wild guess.


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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