How do you unlock a SATA Drive
Posted on 2006-05-07
I pulled 24 SATA Hard Drives from our Fileserver (WD2500JD) they were connected to 2 X 3ware SATA raids controllers (3ware 9000 series). I replaced the 24 250GB drives with 24 500GB drives. The raid is up and operational with the new 500GB drives and is in production.
My problem is with the remaining 250GB SATA hard drives. I intended to reuse them in our linux and windows PC workstations. When I intall one in a linux machine it ask for a password to unlock the drive.
On windows systems, it see them but will not allow access. I cannot format these drive.
It appears that the 3ware raid controller locked the drives to prevent them from being over written.
I can not replace them into the fileserver with the raid cards, due to it is in production.
Has anyone been succesfull in unlocking and formating SATA's that have been locked by 3ware controllers?