Help! SOS my HDD

my 40G seagate HDD (ST340823A) is password-protected by a malicious program of some sort. I cannot boot to my windows environ, can you help?
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Need more info.  What happens when you boot up the computer? Does it get through the BIOS check? Where in the boop up does it ask for the password?
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What were you doing before this started? Did the system crash? What error messages if any?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
my 40G seagate HDD (ST340823A) is password-protected by a malicious program of some sort. I cannot boot to my windows environ, can you help?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
I was trying to connected to the internet. I powered up the system but forgot to plug in the LAN cable and while still booting I immediately plugged the cable while the system was still booting. I then noticed that the system hanged. I then reset the CMOS and after a long while the CMOS was able to recognise the HDD, but it would not boot to the Windows environ, it also says IDE-0 not found (behaving like a new HDD). I then Slaved my HDD using my cousins system and for the first time, I saw after the password-protection, demanding I type the correct password (given me 5 chances). This message appears after the CMOS check. I have also used a password tool like ATAPWD, which also confirms the HDD is password-protected, and the security level indicates HIGH and not maximum.
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
I was trying to connected to the internet. I powered up the system but forgot to plug in the LAN cable and while still booting I immediately plugged the cable while the system was still booting. I then noticed that the system hanged. I then reset the CMOS and after a long while the CMOS was able to recognise the HDD, but it would not boot to the Windows environ, it also says IDE-0 not found (behaving like a new HDD). I then Slaved my HDD using my cousins system and for the first time, I saw after the password-protection, demanding I type the correct password (given me 5 chances). This message appears after the CMOS check. I have also used a password tool like ATAPWD, which also confirms the HDD is password-protected, and the security level indicates HIGH and not maximum.
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Why the points?  Did you get it going? If no, here are some known passwords that might help.

The following is a list of known factory-set passwords for different BIOS manufactures:
AWARD BIOS:
AW
AWARD
AWARD_PS
AWARD_PW
AWARD_HW
AWARD SW
AWARD_SW
Award SW
AWARD PW
_award
awkward
alfaromeo
J64
j256
j262
j322
01322222
589589
589721
HLT
SER
SKY_FOX
Syxz
aLLy
CONCAT
TTPTHA
aPAf
HLT
KDD
ZBAAACA
ZAAADA
ZJAAADC
djonet

AMI BIOS:
AMI
ami
bios
setup
cmos
AMIDECODE
A.M.I.
AMI SW
AMI_SW
BIOS
PASSWORD
HEWITT RAND
Oder
A.M.I.
AMI!SW
AMI?SW
HEWITT RAND
alfarome
efmukl

Phoenix:
phoenix

Compaq:
compaq

Tinys:
Tiny

Other known defaults:
LKWPETER
lkwpeter
BIOSTAR
biostar
BIOSSTAR
biosstar
ALFAROME
Syxz
Wodj
PASS
PASSOFF
CONDO
J64
BIOS
SETUP
CMOS
admin
system

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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
I tried the AMI BIOS passwords on my system using the ATAPWD program on DOS but still without success. Is there any other way out, or perhaps I need to mount the HDD using another system as I had done earlier on which normally bring the message "HDD Locked, enter correct password (5 left)?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
I tried the AMI BIOS passwords on my system using the ATAPWD program on DOS but still without success. Is there any other way out, or perhaps I need to mount the HDD using another system as I had done earlier on which normally bring the message "HDD Locked, enter correct password (5 left)?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
Hi,
  I have tried the passwords still without success. The manufacturer of my BIOS is AMI, perhaps the HDD password is different from that of the BIOS?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
Hi Coral47,
I have tried the passwords still without success. The manufacturer of my BIOS is AMI, perhaps the HDD password is different from that of the BIOS? Is there any other way out?
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OmodayoAuthor Commented:
Hi Coral47,
I have tried the passwords still without success. The manufacturer of my BIOS is AMI, perhaps the HDD password is different from that of the BIOS? Is there any other way out?
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Get Your HD diag programs from here:

www.seagate.com

Maybe able to help unlock the drive.


You might want to do a Google search for password cracking programs for HD's and see if one of those will do it.
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Don't think it will help, but have you tryed clearing the BIOS? ( CMOS )
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