Unlock school pc drive

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  1. Sir Eagle
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    A few months ago, some guy at my school had cracked open one of the empty school harddrives. We installed all sorts of games and programs on it to use in breaks, which the teachers never noticed. However, since a few weeks this drive has been put on read-only. We can still launch programs that were already there, but we can't delete nor install nor edit stuff that was already there. Is there a way to re-open this drive?
     
  2. Scorpei

    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

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    Study on how to do that. Also, how what where the drive and the locking mechanism.

    Code:
    mount disk mountpoint -w
    mount
     
  3. Sir Eagle
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    err, in techn00b-terms please?
     
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    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

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    then, go study until you're no longer techn00b
     
  5. Sir Eagle
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    Why do you think I came here. Because I don't know how to. If I did I wouldn't have asked.
     
  6. Scorpei

    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

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    And you think that without any information given, such as what kind of drive this is, what the locking mechanism used is, how you are accessing the drive or what your rights (as I assume a regular user) are we could help in any way. Also when advice would be given on how to do this you would grasp it's meaning and go out and use the information.

    Short of someone coming over then and helping you, possibly via a live stream telling you exactly what to do, I don't see it happening without you studying a bit on the subject [​IMG]. Now if you are willing to learn, perhaps people here would be kind enough to teach you a thing or two or give you a starting point.

    Also fun fact, why would the drive be in read-only? Assuming there is a logical reason for the admin to do something to the drive, would it not be logical to assume he/she knows what's on there and who did that. At the very least perhaps now monitors who utilises the drive --> making a list of who's naughty and nice?

    I suppose the easiest way would be to become a user with rights (possibly a teacher) or try and see if the (version of) the protocol has any (known) vulnerabilities (as is often the case in school used systems due to lower versions being used then latest greatest, at least in my personal experience).
     
  7. Originality

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    There are software locks (OS locking included), firmware locks (similar to what was used in Xbox) and hardware locks. Software locks can be cracked, firmware locks can't be, and hardware locks are difficult to even find let alone unlock.

    That just about covers it. Find out what specifically is locking the drive, then you can find out if it's possible for non-technician to unlock it.
     
  8. melkor42x

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    Hiren's Bootcd
     
  9. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

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    He just gave a linux terminal command to mount a drive adding the condition of it being write-able.

    tbh I'm surprised the school's been dumb enough to leave it read only and not wipe the thing. The smart thing would've been to format it.
     
  10. PettingZoo

    PettingZoo yesss

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    in the trap
    uhhh
     
  11. jamesaa

    jamesaa The Prince of Insufficient Light

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    Unless they are using windows and the admins had updated the students group policy settings to prevent access to certain drives, the admins may not have even known that programs had been installed on any particular drive.

    When i was in college what all the IT students did was bring in USB HDDs with portables apps and unreal tournament installed (UT can run from USB [​IMG] ) and we would do network games between my class and another IT class, it was great fun, afaik the admins never caught on to it [​IMG]
     
  12. I2aven's_Sag

    I2aven's_Sag GBATemp Otaku

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    You can also boot a Linux OS, such as Ubuntu from a USB stick and run the USB stick as a Live-CD, then using that LiveCD ~ you can run the mount command etc.
     
  13. Scorpei

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    Dead and silly thread revival. Mod please close [​IMG].
     
  14. Fudge

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    My schools drives aren't write protected [​IMG] me and a friend downloaded a bunch of stuff the other day.
     
  15. ferdi-t

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    I don't want to sound like an ass here, but aren't you supposed to be studying when you're at school? I hardly believe the computers were supplied for your gaming needs.
     
  16. Originality

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    You're right, but many kids have pseudo-ADD, and find it mentally impossible to concentrate on their work, or anything at all that resembles "education" for that matter. That and they revel in getting away with any rules they can break. The amount of porn I found through hacking school computers..... at least the teachers didn't have any - only the students.