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How to Remove Hard Drive Password with Atapwd


How to Remove Hard Drive Password with Atapwd




If you have a hard drive that is locked with a password and you want to remove it, you may be interested in using Atapwd, a software tool that can unlock ATA passwords. Atapwd is a DOS-based program that can be run from a bootable floppy disk or USB drive. It can access the hard drive's security features and reset or disable the password.




Atapwd - Remover Password De Hdd.zip



In this article, we will show you how to use Atapwd to remove hard drive password in a few simple steps. However, before we proceed, we want to warn you that this method may not work for all hard drives, especially those that use encryption or hashing algorithms to protect the password. Also, you should only use this method if you know the user password of the hard drive, as the master password is usually not accessible. If you don't know the user password, you may need to contact the manufacturer or use a hardware-based solution.


Step 1: Download Atapwd and create a bootable disk




The first step is to download Atapwd from this link [^1^]. The file is a ZIP archive that contains two versions of Atapwd: 1.2 and 1.3. You can use either one, but we recommend using 1.3 as it has more features and supports more hard drives.


After downloading the file, you need to extract it to a folder on your computer. Then, you need to create a bootable disk that can run Atapwd. You can use a floppy disk or a USB drive for this purpose. If you use a floppy disk, you need to format it with FAT32 file system and copy the Atapwd files to it. If you use a USB drive, you need to use a tool like Rufus or UNetbootin to create a bootable DOS disk and copy the Atapwd files to it.


Step 2: Boot from the disk and run Atapwd




The next step is to boot your computer from the disk that contains Atapwd. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS settings to do this. Once you boot from the disk, you will see a DOS prompt. Type atapwd and press Enter to run the program.


Atapwd will scan your IDE channels and detect any hard drives connected to them. It will display a list of hard drives with their model numbers and security status. You need to select the hard drive that you want to unlock by using the arrow keys and pressing Enter.


Step 3: Unlock the hard drive with the user password




After selecting the hard drive, Atapwd will show you its security features and options. You will see something like this:


+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+


Model: FUJITSU MHV2080AH


Serial: NW95T48261K4


Firmware: 0084000B


-----------------------------------------------------------------------


Security supported


Security enabled


Security locked


Security frozen


Security count expired


Enhanced security erase supported


-----------------------------------------------------------------------


Master password revision code = 65534


-----------------------------------------------------------------------


User password:


[ENTER] - input user password


[ESC] - return


+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+


You need to input the user password of the hard drive by pressing Enter and typing it. If you enter the correct password, Atapwd will unlock the hard drive and show you something like this:


+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+


Model: FUJITSU MHV2080AH


Serial: NW95T48261K4


Firmware: 0084000B


-----------------------------------------------------------------------


Security supported


Security enabled


Security not locked


Security frozen


Security count expired


Enhanced security erase supported


-----------------------------------------------------------------------


Master password revision code = 65534


----------------------------------------------------------------------- e0e6b7cb5c


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