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Thread: Hard drive locked so unable to re-format disk.

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    Hard drive locked so unable to re-format disk.

    I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 for some months, till I realised that I had some serious security issues, which involved, for example, being unable to install any new programs, seeing files unable to open even as root in my directories etc. So, I tried to format the machine and, although at first it was unable to see my hard drives, after a few tries it got successful. Then, I had a new installation, but as soon as I connected it to the internet and tried to get a new application from it, a program started auto-downloading itself and blocked downloading of the application selected by me. So, thought that something was wrong and tried to re-format the machine, although that was a too fast and useless move, eventually. So, on trying to re-format, I get stuck to the same infinite loop with all linux distributions I have tried (all of them workable and tried before), which results in the machine being unable to even run a live cd. So, no OS installed and nothing running on it anymore.

    Could this be a security issue? Is there anyway to get a way to have a hard drive locked to a situation where nothing new can be installed on it or even run on it at all? Is there any way to fix it, since nothing can run on it now?

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    Re: Hard drive locked so unable to re-format disk.

    It sounds like the hard drive has died or is dying. Have you tested the hard drive to verify it is physically ok?

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    Re: Hard drive locked so unable to re-format disk.

    Quote Originally Posted by fedine View Post
    Is there anyway to get a way to have a hard drive locked to a situation where nothing new can be installed on it or even run on it at all? Is there any way to fix it, since nothing can run on it now?

    10 years ago on an old IBM THINKPAD, there was a feature in the bios that somehow allowed you to password lock the HD. I forgot the password, and I was never again able to use the HD. I tried formatting the HD many times with different utilities to no avail.

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