08-11-2010 10:12 PM
Well here is the long story:
I have 2 laptops, one is very old (Acer Aspire 5610Z) and one that is new (Asus G50V).
One day I changed a setting in the BIOS of my Asus which caused it to only boot up to a black screen.
After doing research, I decided to take apart the computer and reset the BIOS.
This solved the problem but I damaged my graphics card, so the screen will flicker on my Asus and then just turn off.
So I salvaged the parts off my Asus and put them in my Acer, all succeeded besides the hard drive.
I had a password set on my Seagate Momentus hard drive on my Asus, I know the password, but whenever I enter it in on my Acer it says the password is wrong.
And I can't remove the password on my Asus because it is broken.
I already bought a USB to SATA/IDE converter and it works well and I am trying to use KillDisk to use my hard drive again, but I don't think it will work.
Seagate Hard Drive details:
+5V 0.62 A
PN: 9GE144 - 285
Bar code: AS NA1S8900050410
So I am asking for two possible solutions, preferably the first one. (Unless there are other solutions?)
1. Remove the password on my Seagate Momentus 7200.3 so I can use it again. (I don't care if I have to delete everything I just want to use the hard drive again.)
2. Buy a new Graphics card for my Asus G50V. (I know they are replaceable but not sure where I can buy one and hoping its not too expensive.
08-11-2010 10:42 PM - edited 08-11-2010 10:43 PM
Hmmm haven't checked if that drive supports HD security commands, but even so it should be solvable with a re-flash, or the utilities that handle security (there's a bootable CD - gparted-live-0.6.0-1.iso) that should probably do your stuff... also if the disk just seems encrypted... I'm pretty sure it wouldn't survive a "dd if=/dev/zero bs=512 count=63 of=/dev/sd_driveletter*"
To see what the sd_driveletter* is do a "cat /proc/partitions" and see what disk size seems like yours... better yet... don't have anything than this drive and the CD mounted...
Hope that helped!
PS: These commands/utilities etc are data destructive (I know you said you don't care... but I had to mention it)
08-12-2010 11:43 AM
Hi thanks for replying. It seems gparted does not want to see my drive. So far the only 2 programs to even actually see my drive were the Windows 7 Disk Management and Kill Disk. Which by the way finally got done finishing and it did not work. I will try running gparted again. Could you please explain "flash bios" to me please?
08-12-2010 11:58 AM
I never said flash bios... but I meant if there was a disk firmware flash for your drive from seagate... I tried finding one but I couldn't... but do ask their support for ideas on what to do... they are sometimes very helpful!
Also you can try this seagate utility: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US
Did you try booting with gparted and issuing cat /proc/partitions ? if you see the drive there you can try the dd command I told you about... (?)
08-12-2010 12:30 PM
Ok so the Seeagate utility gives me the error:
"To use the product, at least one Seagate or Maxtor device should be installed in your system."
As for the gpart, I am assuming I did the commands wrong.
I started up gpart, let it load.
Clicked on terminal.
Typed "cat /proc/partitions"
It brought up this list:
So since mine is a 320gb I am guessing that it is the 2nd to the last one?
What would the command be? I tried a few but I don't think they worked. (They did something about copying 100mb or 101mb or 99mb)
08-12-2010 10:13 PM
dd if=/dev/zero bs=512 count=63 of=/dev/sdc
the sda is probably your boot drive and sdb the gparted cd... so be VERY careful not to make a mistake (always re-do cat /proc/partitions at each reboot of that cd, don't assume drive stays the same!) because you will wipe your other disk, that's why I said to physically remove all other disks and only have the problematic drive and the CD on... that way you can't go wrong
if the command above writes data to the disk... then you CAN actually write on the disk... so it's a problem of other sorts... that you can't see it from any other utility... strange...
If you have a lot of time to spare you can also run the above command without the bs and count... to wipe the WHOLE drive with zeros... it will take a while though...
Also, can you post the output of your hdparm -I /dev/sdc ? (that is a capital i not small L... )
08-13-2010 01:02 AM
I know some methods.
1. The best and easiest method: Cloce OS and shut down the electricity power of computer. Open your computer box, take out the cmos battery from the mainboard. Then the bios password will be reset to blank. Put it back after a few minutes.
2. Follow some hard tutorials, it is difficult to do. It is better that you are a expert. For example this tutorial: Bypass BIOS Password or Crack CMOS Password?
So I would suggest you the 1st method. Hope it helps.
08-13-2010 08:46 AM
I don't know if you noticed but I think he states that he MOVED the drive out of the system and installed it into a new one... so it shouldn't matter if he resets the bios or anything...
08-13-2010 09:13 AM
I know the password but it only works on one computer. I contacted support and they said there is nothing I can do but I am going to try anyways.
08-14-2010 10:14 PM - last edited on 08-15-2010 10:59 AM by MrMatthew