hard drive problem

jd1008 jd1008 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 17:57:07 UTC 2015

On 06/24/2015 09:36 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?
Of course there are.
In fact, Seagate has a 4TB 2.5" external drive, selling anywhere
from 200 to 600 bucks.
They are available on Ebay.

The password is not for encryption, and the drive is not  Self 
Encrypting Drive.
The pAssWord is only for permitting the secure erase function and for
changing other drive parameters.

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