How to Unlock a Western Digital 160GB Drive

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How to Unlock a Western Digital 160GB Drive
It is possible to unlock the hard drive of your Windows system. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

When using a Western Digital 160 gigabyte hard drive, you may run into the issue of the hard drive locking up. This is often caused by an incorrect boot or a system crash. However the lock occurs, you are not allowed to access data on the drive. You must use a few commands to unlock the Western Digital hard drive back to normal.

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    Click the "Start" button on the desktop, then choose "Run." Type in "CMD" and press "Enter." This loads the MS-DOS command prompt onto your screen (a black screen with a blinking cursor).

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    Type in "Unlock Drive:." The "drive" option is the letter of your drive, so if the Western Digital is the "C" drive, type in "Unlock C:."

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    Press "Enter." You are given a prompt stating you are able to unlock the drive. Press "Enter" and the Western Digital 160GB drive is unlocked.

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