On 17 May 2014 06:44, "Ronald F. Guilmette" <email@example.com> wrote:
> In message <CAFE24U2wx=_zR1_WXRCvcCoAi5GcaknX6-r2_vSa4vvXJu+mHg@mail.gmail.com>,
> Weedy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >On 16 May 2014 21:07, "Ronald F. Guilmette" <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> What are the steps I should use with smartmonctl in order to remove
> >> an unwanted Host Protected Area (HPA)?
> >Password protect the drive and then issue an enhanced security erase.
> I'm sorry. I was insufficiently clear about my question.
> Yes, I have a program that I can use to perform the secure erase
> operation, and I am aware that this will eliminate the HPA, however
> running that (secure erase) operation can take many hours.
> I would like to know how to eliminate the HPA *without* having to
> spend hours and hours performing a pointless secure erase operation.
As far as I know no one has written an application to allow this.
There are more general purpose debugging/recovery tools like mhdd that let you send raw ata commands but you still need to figure out what to send to your particular brand and drive.