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ATA erase: NULL error

Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:15 pm

I'm trying to get a hard drive working that has/had data on it. Tried OBCD's PartedMagic and 'Disk (External), writing 'dd' over all after I deleted the partition. Tried my 8.1 install disc but it gives Recovery error 'your pc needs to be repaired'.

Tried PM's secure erase 'Internal" w/writes zeros over all but get the error 'A password is to be used in conjunction w/this command.' Enter or use NULL, but when I try 'NULL' I receive 'In event of an unexpected issue ...' could brick the drive. I'm afraid other methods may also brick the drive. Should I try FDISK or some other method from UBCD? If I can solve this I'm sure my install will work. Alternatively, might there be something in the Bios that's causing problems, w/I can alter using UBCD?

Thanks in advance for any assistance,

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Re: ATA erase: NULL error

Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:34 pm

I believe "Darik's Boot and Nuke" might work regardless of the existance of a partition.
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Re: ATA erase: NULL error

Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:45 pm

What happened when you tried to use dd to overwrite the existing contents?

Does this drive support hardware encryption and (if so) do you know if it was in use?
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