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I finally got round to trying this with linux. My first attempt was with a SATA to USB adaptor on my laptop. This was unsuccessful as the USB adaptor wasn't passing the security commands to the SATA drive. On my second attempt I plugged the drive into the motherboard SATA on an old dell running Lubuntu and it worked first time, no problems. The commands I used were:sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdbsudo hdparm --user-master m --security-erase "PACE FRANCE Master Security PWD2" /dev/sdbsudo hdparm --user-master m --security-unlock "PACE FRANCE Master Security PWD2" /dev/sdbsudo hdparm --user-master m --security-disable "PACE FRANCE Master Security PWD2" /dev/sdbThanks for the linux suggestion!
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I never even thought of doing this with Linux! That would be so much easier. I'm definitely going to try it when I get some time. Thanks for the info.
Glad it worked for you.
I had a quick Google about. From what I've read I'm guessing that the drive isn't password protected. It will be formatted with a Linux filesystem. Did you try plugging and trying to format it from your normal operating system? Let us know how you get on.
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