How can I run HDD Unlock Wizard if I cannot boot my PC/laptop with the locked drive?
HDD Unlock Wizard requires a fully functional operating system; therefore you would have to remove the hard drive off from the non-functioning PC and attach it to any working PC as a secondary drive.
Please also see the next two articles.
Can I unlock a USB/FireWire hard drive? Can I use a USB adapter to unlock my hard drive?
HDD Unlock Wizard requires direct access to the hard drive; it is impossible to unlock a hard drive via USB or FireWire adapter or enclosure. You would have to remove the hard drive out of the enclosure and attach it to any working PC as a secondary drive.
How should I attach a locked hard drive so that HDD Unlock Wizard will recognize it properly?
For Serial-ATA drives, you can just attach the drive to any SATA port, and HDD Unlock Wizard should work just fine.
IDE drives might need some additional steps.
First of all, please switch the drive into Master mode, which can be done by switching jumpers. There are different settings for different HDD manufacturers, and usually you can locate this information on the HDD (on the main sticker). Please note that for WD drives you have to remove all jumpers from the drive.
Second, attach the drive to a dedicated IDE cable. By dedicated we mean that there must be no other devices attached to the same IDE cable, such as: CD/DVD-ROM, other HDD, etc. If your system has only one IDE port, and you'd like to boot from an IDE drive, this might be a problem. In this case you have to boot from a S-ATA drive or use additional PCI IDE controller for your boot drive.