Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Vejeta77, Dec 8, 2010.
jazzy, are you trying to use it for pc purposes & if yes then does it show in device management?
Sometimes it does, but it won't format, sky have done something to the hard drives, as I have 3 .1 works perfect, but the other 2 don't. So hdat2 must be the only way to take the settings off the hard drive.
Hi can you help please. Thanks
I think the issue to the steps is the version of hdat2 as the new version doesn't have these options.
does it show in disk management in control panel & did you delete the partition, make a new partition then format the drive?
Doesn't really show in disk management, it did once but hangs, and become unresponsive.
could then be the drive is dying,
I would try the hdat2 but I don't know the steps as the dco option is not there on the new version.
check the site that you got the software from as it might have that info.
Hi do you have the steps for the new version?
This procedure didn't work for me exactly as written. I have a Seagate ST3500312CS that I removed from a DirectTV DVR. The drive was setup to start in idle so it would work inside the DVR. For some reason Partition Wizzard 8.1.1 was able to spin up this drive so after exiting partition wizard I followed your procedure to unlock the drive. I followed the following procedure:
Boot computer from Partition Wizzard 8.1.1
Select Direct TV Hard Drive
Delete all partitions
Create new partition and format the drive
Exit Partition Wizard. Very Important, keep the computer on. Do not turn it off.
Insert the HDAT2 Boot CD and re-boot the computer
Select option 1 from the Win98 boot menu
Select the correct drive and press <enter>
Select “Drive Configuration Overlay (DCO)” from the menu
Now Select “Restore” and press <enter>
Answer Yes when prompted
When finished hit the escape key to go back to the previous menu.
Select the “Commands Menu”
Select “Commands/Features Set”
Select “Power Up in Standby (PUIS) and answer Yes when asked if you want to run.
If all goes well PUIS should be disabled. The drive can now be used in a PC.
Note: I deleted all partitions and then created a new NTFS partition. You may not have to do this. When partition wizard boots up it automatically retrieves information on all drives connected to the computer. At that point the drive may already have been spun up. I'm not sure of this because this drive is very quiet.
If I had saved the DVR I could have activated the drive by turning on the DVR and then hot swapping the drive with my PC while keeping the DVR power supply connected.
Select “Drive Configuration Overlay (DCO)” from the menu is not on hdat2 version I have.
Hdat2 what version do you have?
I found that this can be done without the DVR power.
1. Download and burn a cd of gpartd 0.4.1-2 or comparable version.
2. Install the DVR HDD in your PC.
3. Insert gpartd cd on power on. Let the pc error out, and boot from the cd.
4. select option 1
5. next screen select the second option to not load keyboard options
6. it will ask you language info, then graphics info. Use option 1 for graphics info, then "enter" 3 times.
7. once you are in the screen that shows hdd info, double click the red "X" in the top left corner, and select reboot. Once it starts to shutdown, the gpartd disc will eject, replace the disc with the hdat2 cd, and it should restart normal
8. boot into the hdat 2 cd and follow wvtimberwolf's procedure from here, excluding the DVR box in the procedure.
Worked like a charm.
Does anyone know if it is possible to format a write protected hard rive?
who makes the hard drive?
Its a Western Digital HD
I presume the motherboard & windows sees the drive?
Yes they pick it up but look for a boot password to continue boot. I have a few Lenovo Laptops that have been decommissioned if I can't wipe the HD then I will have to purchase new ones.
have the drive connected to your desktop as a secondary drive so you can delete the partition, make a new partition then format it.
So if I connect drive via USB to a desktop will it see the drive so I can delete the partition even though its protected?
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