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Subject: ATA..


From: Nicolas Sauzede <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 12:45:43 +0100 (CET)

And I also found :

In a Seagate PDF :

"3.5 Drive Security Commands
The drive security commands provide a password-based security system
to prevent unauthorized access to a disc drive. During manufacturing,
the master password, SEAGATE, is set for the drive, and the lock
function is disabled. The system manufacturer or dealer may set a new
user password using the Security Set Password command (F1H) without
enabling the lock function. Before a user password is entered, the
rejects all security commands except Security Set Password.
When you set a password, the drive automatically enters lock mode (lock
mode is enabled) the next time it is powered on. When lock mode is
enabled, the drive rejects all media-access commands until you enter
the correct password, completing a Security Unlock command.
The drive supports two levels of security: high security and maximum
security. In high-security mode, if you forget your password, you can
access the data by entering the master password. In maximum security
mode, if you forget your password, you cannot access the data. In
maximum security, you can erase all data on the drive and reinitialize
drive using the Erase Unit command (F4H). You must enter the master
password to complete an erase Unit command.
The Freeze Lock command (F5H) prevents you from changing security
features. If, during normal drive operation, the Freeze Lock command is
executed, all normal commands are implemented, but the security
commands Disable Password, Erase Unit, Set Password, and Unlock
cannot be completed.
For additional details on the Drive Security Commands, see the ATA-3
specification (document X3T10/2008D)."

I hope You have a seagate, and you can use the master password to
unlock the beast !! :)


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