Unlock Western Digital WD80EB Drives

I have a few of these Western Digital WD80EB hard drives and understand there is a tool to unlock such drives. The tool is ATAPWD.EXE and may be found using your favorite search engine. I also understand that the master password is WDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWDCWD. However, the master password gave me error messages. I found this technique (using the ATAPWD.EXE and the known master password) in a forum and it worked for me. Successfully tested June 18, 2008.

  • Connect the hard drive as primary master (remove the jumper)
  • Create a bootable floppy with ATAPWD.EXE on it.
  • Boot from the floppy and launch ATAPWD.EXE select the WD80EB drive and press ENTER.
  • Select ERASE PREPARE and then ERASE UNIT.
  • It will give you a Busy error, that means it is erasing the drive so please don’t turn off the computer.
  • After 30min press F5 to refresh the list and you will see that the drive has become unlocked

Note: For the final step, I pressed F5 almost immediately after the Busy error. The result, the drive disappeared from the menu. After about 10 minutes, I pressed F5 again, the drive was back and unlocked. The time frame outlined above may be the worst case scenario.


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