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Hard drive password

My daughter forgot her password. I brought the laptop into the Geek Squad at Best Buy last night. They told me the only way to fix, is to remove the small battery which will be 2 hours labor and $120. Do you know any other way to do. I've tried f-8 does not allow me to go into safe mode. I took another suggestion from this site and went to a web-site and purchased software for $4.95 which I have not received yet. The software was suppose to be a download-I might have to get my money back from pay-pal. looking for an in expensive solution.

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John Barry

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  • johnbarry83 Nov 27, 2008

    when I start up in goes right to enter hdd password

  • johnbarry83 Nov 27, 2008

    I dont care about loosing data

  • johnbarry83 Nov 27, 2008

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  • Ricky Ostrom
    Ricky Ostrom May 11, 2010

    Is the system displaying a user name and prompting you for the password, or as soon as the computer boots you are prompted?

  • Ricky Ostrom
    Ricky Ostrom May 11, 2010

    What is the make/model of the computer?

  • Ricky Ostrom
    Ricky Ostrom May 11, 2010

    What BIOS shows on the screen when the computer turns on?
    AMI, AWARD, PHOENIX, etc....



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If it's a HDD Password, there is no way around it. You might try pressing F12 and look for a System Recovery option. Other than that you might have to replace the drive or send the notebook into Gateway.

If it's a CMOS Password, then you will have to take the notebook apart to find the CMOS battery and remove it to drain the system for an hour and then rebuild. There may be some third party software to help find the password.

Best to pick your daughters brain on what she might have used for a password. Also, check for Upper and Lower case letters.



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1. do you have another user, which is an administrator, on that laptop, enter it and move all you need to this profile.
2. Can you reinstall OS and afford to lose data.
3. reinstall a parallel OS on this laptop on another disk fragment
4. Use these free tools
Here are 5 of these free tools:

  1. Windows Password recovery - Can retrieve forgotten admin and users' passwords in minutes. Safest possible option, does not write anything to hard drive.
  2. Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - A great boot CD/Floppy that can reset the local administrator's password.
  3. Openwall's John the Ripper - Good boot floppy with cracking capabilities.
  4. EBCD – Emergency Boot CD - Bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults.

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