I am using one of those hardware-encrypted disks that have a keypad on it and need you to enter a 8-digit keycode before they show up as disk on the computer… Should be fairly simple, but somehow I managed to destroy the disk multiple times.
The behavior is that neither Windows nor Linux or Mac OSX even recognize that the disk is attached to the computer (no entry in the syslog, no lsusb entry, nothing). Tried USB and eSATA. Same result. On multiple machines. How to replicate? No idea, it somehow just happens.
So if this happens, here is how you reset the disk (but be aware, all your data will be gone!):
- Press the red “x” key while attaching the drive any power source. The LED will flash blue and red.
- Press and hold the red “x” + the green “lock” + “2″ for 10 seconds – until the LED will turn green for 3 seconds.
- After the drive has been reset the combination to unlock will be 12345678.
That worked. But what’s scary – the drive is now sometimes detected *once* so it can be repartitioned and reformatted, but as soon as it is plugged in somewhere else it is not being detected. Same on the computer that just formatted it. But as I said, only happens sometimes…
So be aware, those disks might have some bug that might eat all your data…. but you have a backup, right?
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