I need to initialise a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green SATA (WD10EARX-00PASB0) hard drive in a Windows XP personal computer. The disk appears to be ATA locked with high security. It was previously running happily as one of four in a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ (RND4000v1) configured to use Netgear's X-RAID technology. I am trying to set it up as a secondary internal disk in a Dell Dimension 9200 (DXP061) running Windows XP SP3 Build 2600 (below). SysInfo does not report any conflicts or errors.
The PC hangs if booted with this disk installed and powered up so I connect the power once Windows is running. Windows does not automatically recognise it, but if I let device manager struggle for 15mins it will eventually add a "Hard disk" device. Disk Manager then takes another 15mins before it will, sometimes, identify the WD drive needs initialisation, but cannot initialise it. Western Digial’s Lifeguard app has been of little use, but does at least allow me to include screen prints of the errors it reports (below).
I have tried to use WD Acronis True Image and Alignment tools within Windows but these either cannot see the disk or report it as unspecified and cannot do anything with it. I have successfully booted from CD directly to DOS and used various utilities to examine the disk. WD’s own Lifeguard CD image does not support this disk. None can fix it but one, “HDAT2”, reports the disk has having a security level “high” and the disk being locked. The master password is reported to be changed. HDAT2 does offer a function to unlock the disk, but I must have the current password to do so.
I am guessing that the RND4000 X-RAID has put a password on the disk. Any guidance as to how I can prove/disprove this and discover what it is?