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    James
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    looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    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


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    nemo_outis
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    Re: looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    "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,

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    James
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    Re: looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    "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


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    nemo_outis
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    Re: looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    "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...ive/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,

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    nemo_outis
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    Re: looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    "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,

  6. #6
    James
    Guest

    Re: looking for a free(?) hdd/ata password utility

    "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


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