how can I get rid of encryption on an external harddrive?
don´t know if this is a support question, but I don´t think so, that´s why I post it in the community section. I hope you can help me...
My brother in law bought an external USB 3.0 hard drive (IOmega). On this hard drive there is an encryption software which prevents access to the harddrive completely. My brother in law already knows that he has bought a piece of junk, but maybe it can be saved (and used) anyway? So... here it goes:
1. connecting the drive to a Windows computer (he just has Windows) results in that the system asks what to do... so you open the folder to see the files. You just can see one folder, where this encryption software is stored. This folder is 81.5 Mb. Thats it. You can not copy files to the drive, you can not do anything, besides looking at the icon of this stupid encryption utility.
Or you can run it... but then, nothing happens either. There is just one folder accessible: 81.5 Mb
2. I connected it to my Linux box and wanted to reformat it with Gparted. First to the openSUSE box. Suzy does not realise that there is an external harddrive connected. Nothing happens. Gparted does not see it.
3. I connected it to my old Xubuntu Laptop. Here we go: it mounts the drive. There are now two drives mounted. One drive is mounted as a CD and the other one as a harddrive. In the CD-part, there is this encryption software-thing and a file "autorun.inf". I can not delete these files. They are protected. I also can not remove this write protection, because there must be something to the filesystem in this CD-part of the harddrive.
Gparted can see the harddrive part of it, but not the CD-part. So I took my chances and reformatted the harddrive and also re-wrote the partition table.
But after that, it is still the same: there is one CD and one hard drive part...
So I thought to myself, that if it is mounted like a CD, then I could delete it with K3B, Brasero or whatever, as I would delete a CD-RW... Nope, Brasero or XFburn don´t see this drive.
The big question is now: how can I access the CD part? How can I delete this part of the harddrive? Or at least how can I delete this encryption-junk and make it accessible for a Windows computer?
some ideas on this would be great. Or maybe someone of you went through this mess before and could tell me what to do?
thank you very much!
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