How to Unlock log file

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  1. bluwing

    bluwing Senior member

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    Hi,

    I bought 2 2.5" WD Hard drives. They are not reconised by any computer. Found out that one drive has a locked log file and the other one has a closed log file.

    I found free software to unlock them, but use finish the process you have to buy credits.

    The credits would cost more then a new drive.

    Anybody have any links to free hard drive unlocking software?

    TIA,
    bluwing
     
  2. 0800peter

    0800peter Junior Member

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    I assume you want to format the drive anyway later on, then

    Remove all your Harddisks from Computer. Connect the locked drive. Boot from CD a Live Linux http://knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html
    and apply on console
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
    or
    dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sda


    see
    http://maarten.lippmann.us/?page_id=116


    WARNING: Do NOT try these examples; they will cause data loss! The following examples are provided to warn about the dangers of dd, if used incorrectly. Trying any of these commands with the proper privileges will almost certainly result in major data loss, and may make the system unusable. In order to prevent accidental copying and pasting, "dd" has been replaced with "[dd]" here.
    This overwrites the complete first hard disk with null bytes, erasing it (though not in a manner that is as secure as overwriting with random data):
    [dd] if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
     
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  3. bluwing

    bluwing Senior member

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    Hi,

    I will give it a try and let you know how it goes. I want to acces the drives and Wipe them. I don't care about the data on them.

    Accessing them is the main thing so that I can do a full wipe of the drives. I hate to be burned buyin 2 laptop drives and not being able to use them.


    bluwing
     
    #3 bluwing, Feb 1, 2013
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