I have a friend who is the IT guy for a company. Recently he was tasked with disposing of several EOL (for them) laptops and company policy for them is to remove and destroy (big hammer...) the HDDs and then pass on the rest of the machine to the IT reseller company which the always deal with. I couldn't bear to see / hear about good HDDs being smashed so I gave him my word (which is indeed my bond, he's known me long enough to know that's true) that the data wouldn't be accessed at all, just wiped. So I became the proud owner of five second-hand Toshiba 120GB 5400rpm SATA HDDs. (Model MK1252GSX) However, when I dropped them in a USB dock and went to run my HDD scrubbing / over-writing software I got a message that the HDD was password protected. They all are. (I get a similar message when I put them in my ThinkPad HDD ultrabay only from the ThinkPad BIOS.) I've Googled but have so far been unable to resolve the issue. It seems that I may have to destroy them after all. That goes against everything that I believe in. Can anybody help me in my quest to keep perfectly good HDDs out of the landfill and do my bit for reducing needless waste? TYVMIA, -- Shaun. "When we dream.... that's just our brains defragmenting" G Jackson.