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Password removal for successful forensic data retrieval

Quick and easy password removal

Hard drives locked with ATA passwords can pose a big problem for forensic and data recovery experts. When a hard drive is locked with an ATA password, there is no way to gain access to the drive without entering the correct password. And there is no way to crack the password using "brute force" style methods. The Atola Insight's automatic password removal function is able to extract the original password from the hard drive's firmware area. It unlocks the password in under 2 minutes with just a few mouse clicks.

Note: Unlocking the hard drive does not affect its hash value because the password is stored in the hard drive's firmware area (which is never included in hash calculation).

Identify HDD security status

Before proceeding with forensic data retrieval, Atola Insight Forensic automatically checks the hard drive's security status when the drive is first initialized. The security status is displayed on the main screen for the operator's convenience. The operator can also re-check the status with a click of a button.

HDD locked status

HDD locked status

Automatic password removal

If a drive is locked with an ATA password, the operator can choose to unlock the drive. Or just extract and view the password without unlocking the drive. This entire process takes under 2 minutes and works for both High and Max security levels. Extracting the password and unlocking the hard drive has no impact on MD5 or SHA hash values because passwords are stored in the hard drive's firmware.

Automatic password extration and reset for subsequent forensic data retrieval

Automatic password extration and reset for subsequent forensic data retrieval

Extract the password

Insight is a forensic data retrieval tool that can extract the unknown password in under 2 minutes. The password security level (High or Maximum) does not impact the procedure in any way. The password is listed in both HEX and alphabetical form. Like all Atola Insight functions. This entire process is automatically logged in the Case Management system.

Unknown password automatically reset

Unknown password automatically reset

Watch unknown ATA password removal in action

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do hard drives become locked with ATA passwords?

2. Does this function remove BIOS passwords?

3. What hard drives are supported?