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Old 09-19-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
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Maxtor Locked Hard drive and Linux


My dad has a pvr, that bit the dust the other day( not the first time). The pvr had a Maxtor 120gb ata/133HD in it. Well it seemed a waste of a hard drive to me, so instead of just throwing it away, we tried to format it with no luck. At first I thought maybe the drive was a locked hard drive, such as the x-boxes used, but that is not the case consitering this happened to him before and he had no problem formating the last drive. Now I am wondering if the drive is even functional. I pluged it in to my main computer and the bios detects it, but I dont know if its functioning. I was wondering with Linux f-disk if I could find out any thing ? On a second note, if it does have some inner encryption, is there any way you can get around it and just format the drive. Data loss doesnt matter I dont care for the contents I just wana be able to use the drive.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 05:25 PM   #2
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Unless the drive IS locked, you should be fine. To see the current partition table, you can use 'fdisk -l'. To unlock it, look at hdparm's --security-* options.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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yeah, with fdisk -l I can see all the partition tables ext. ext.. But I can even make new partitions and write them to the drive.


On the downside, with my windows xp profession installation cd I tried to format it. The format never left 0% after 3 hours .


one last thing, If i hold the drive in my hand while my computer is trying to access it, I can feel it spinning.
 
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If you can edit the partition tables, there should be no problem formatting the partitions. What happens when you try to format in Linux?
 
Old 09-19-2006, 11:00 PM   #5
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I haven't tried to format it from linux yet, I'll try that and get back to you on it.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 02:32 AM   #6
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As of right now what I have done is the following:
1. fdisk remade a primary partition
2. right now its trying to format it with mkfs I am setting the file system to ext3
the inodes are complete its trying to make the journal and has been setting there for a while....
 
Old 09-20-2006, 02:36 AM   #7
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how long is a while? is DMA enabled on the drive? if not, transfers will be VERY slow.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 02:45 AM   #8
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Okay, okay, after the format was complete i could mount it but could not write to it ?
 
Old 09-20-2006, 02:47 AM   #9
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An ext3 filesystem with default permissions will only allow root to write to it, just like any other ext3 drive.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 02:49 AM   #10
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I am logged as root atm..


i just tried running fsck on the disk and i get tons of errors all the blocks are short reads and the inodes are the wrong size, but i just formated the file system not even 10 minutes ago

almost forgot yes i unmounted the disk before this

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Old 09-20-2006, 03:02 AM   #11
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Have you checked the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive? (Use smartctl for this)
 
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Have you checked the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive? (Use smartctl for this)

not forshure what smartctl is or what the command is to use it. I tried typing it in at the command line with no dice .
 
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Download Maxtor's disk utility and clean the drive with it. I suggest using cfdisk because sometimes fdisk screws up.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 03:13 AM   #14
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with hdparm i get this as the information directly from the drive


Enabled Supported
* nop cmd
* read buffer cmd
* write Buffer cmd
* host protected area feature set
* look-ahead
* write cashe
* power management feature set
Security mode feature set
* smart feature set
* Flush cache ext command
* mandatory fluush cache command
* Device configuration overlay feature set
* 48-bit address feature set
* automatic acousation managment feature set
set max security extension
advance power managment feature set
* download microcode cmd
* smart self testing
* smart error logging

Security:
master password revision code = 65534

suported
not enabled
not locked
not forzen
not expired: security count
not supported: enhanced erase
check sum correct
 
  


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