well for the last week, i had a problem with my 250 gb hdd it said it was locked with master pass and cant read the 0 0 part of the drive or the MBR. :S This HDD was totally dead
so i was stuck! windows wont pick it up either :(... so i downloaded hirens boot cd 9.6 and ran a utility called HDDerase and when it asked me if i wanted to secure erase the drive it came up with options..like... this drive is locked, do you want to create a password for the hdd from our database... I said "yes!"
1.5 hrs later it finished erasing and guess what?! it works properly now
so guys/girls please try this before you consider paying for the HDD to be unlocked.
My HDD is the 250 GB Barracuda family "ST3250820A" the pass it gave me was "idrive" without the quotes. I hope I've done the leg work, so you don't have too.
If you restart the P.C or the power goes whilst running HDD erase your HDD will be stuck in LOCKED MODE
Read before committing yourself.