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James
12-02-08, 03:33 PM
can anyone link me to a free dos ata password utility. e.g.: atapwd 1.2? (i
already have v1.1)

(this is for a pc...not for xbox)

thanks
-james

nemo_outis
12-02-08, 04:09 PM
"James" <*.*> wrote in news:gh49io0bis@news2.newsguy.com:

> can anyone link me to a free dos ata password utility. e.g.: atapwd
> 1.2? (i already have v1.1)
>
> (this is for a pc...not for xbox)

Version 1.2 is a little hard to find as a standalone, but it's included on
any recent version of Hiren's CD (which is widely available on the
torrents, web, etc.) Let me know if you have any further trouble getting
it and I'll post it.

There is a much more powerful alternative to ATAPWD and that's MHDD
(version 4.6 or 4.5). Its power makes it easy to shoot yourself in the
foot, but you can do a lot of low level stuff including messing with the
ATA passwords. You can find it at:

http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/

Regards,

James
12-02-08, 08:39 PM
"nemo_outis" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message:

> Version 1.2 is a little hard to find as a standalone, but it's included on
> any recent version of Hiren's CD (which is widely available on the
> torrents, web, etc.) Let me know if you have any further trouble getting
> it and I'll post it.
>
> There is a much more powerful alternative to ATAPWD and that's MHDD
> (version 4.6 or 4.5). Its power makes it easy to shoot yourself in the
> foot, but you can do a lot of low level stuff including messing with the
> ATA passwords. You can find it at:
>
> http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/
>
> Regards,

Thanks! I just tried out MHDD4.6 and I agree...it looks like a foot killer,
for sure.

James

nemo_outis
12-02-08, 09:02 PM
"James" <*.*> wrote in news:gh4rgf076b@news7.newsguy.com:

> Thanks! I just tried out MHDD4.6 and I agree...it looks like a foot
> killer, for sure.

If you still want ATAPWD v1.2 the site I downloaded it from back in the
mists of time still has it:

http://dwl.xbox-scene.com/~xbox/xbox-scene/tools/harddrive/atapwd.zip

Yeah, it's on an xbox site but's for the PC. (The program is getting
pretty long in the tooth, though - 2002!)

Regards,

nemo_outis
12-02-08, 09:27 PM
"nemo_outis" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in news:Xns9B68C1A6340FApqwertyu@
69.16.185.250:

Hell, while I'm at it I may as well share a few more of my secrets. A few
shops have figured out how to bypass the ATA password mechanism and release
a drive - and even recover the data! - from a password-locked drive. Not
free but not that expensive and well worth it if, say, you come into
possession of a notebook with an "accidentally" locked drive :-)

http://www.hddunlock.com/ [drive released but data lost]

http://www.hdd-tools.com/products/rrs/ [drive released & data recovered!]

The client diagnostic/submission program is free but all the real work
happens "back at the ranch" at their shop. You won't learn how to do it
yourself but you will free the drive (and data!).

Regards,

James
12-04-08, 08:18 PM
"nemo_outis" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message:

> Hell, while I'm at it I may as well share a few more of my secrets. A few
> shops have figured out how to bypass the ATA password mechanism and
> release
> a drive - and even recover the data! - from a password-locked drive. Not
> free but not that expensive and well worth it if, say, you come into
> possession of a notebook with an "accidentally" locked drive :-)
>
> http://www.hddunlock.com/ [drive released but data lost]
>
> http://www.hdd-tools.com/products/rrs/ [drive released & data recovered!]
>
> The client diagnostic/submission program is free but all the real work
> happens "back at the ranch" at their shop. You won't learn how to do it
> yourself but you will free the drive (and data!).

You're a good man. Thanks.

James