Acer Hard Drive D not working after Tech,used disk to erase passw
Ord.Tech used a disk to erase adminstrator password.It fired up okay on disk c but drive d no where to be found on click my computer where all drives are located this 9410 intel core processer T2450 Aspire 9410-4872.Question how do I retreive Drive D? The windows I have Vista Home premium.I have vista Home Basic can I boot from this Disk to get it back?
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Re: Acer Hard Drive D not working after Tech,used disk to...
First check your harddisk capacity.then check c driver size if it is full partion of harddisk then u cant create new parion d
but it has still press space on it u can create d.
go to my computer right clik on it then manage.then disk management.then go to hardisk then create new partion that free space.
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I doubt you can erase the hard drive unless you can enter the hard disk password. You can download the hard disk password removal program from these WEB sites, copy them to an USB memory stick and run the program on the laptop from the USB memory stick. HARD DRIVE PASSWORD UNLOCKING - Purchase http://www.hddunlock.com/purchase/ A-FF HDD Unlock Wizard (HDD Password unlocking - Free) http://www.hddunlock.com/download/ b>
Hello, it looks like somehow the master boot record was erased from the hard drive, maybe viral? You mentioned the hard drive was recognized in the bios correct? If you need data from the hard drive the easiest way would be to pull the hard drive out and use an external hard drive enclosure to remove the data before you erase everything from the hard drive. If you dont need anything thing you can proceed to do a new install of Windows 7. Turn the computer on then hold alt and the f10 key to perform a factory recovery. This will erase everything and reinstall Windows 7. If this doesnt work then you will need a new hard drive and a bootable usb drive with Windows 7 on it. Hope this helps.
Saw on a forum that this could be the default password.. wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd -put DOS on a floppy disk -add atapwd.exe to the disk -turn off the computer & connect your Western Digital hard drive. -turn on the computer and inset floppy -type atapwd.exe after A:\ -when the menu loads click on your harddrive - >Prepare Erase - >Erase -enter the password " wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd " -It should come back with an error, press enter and the hard drive name will disappear from the list -DO NOT RESTART-...Your harddrive is being formatted. -Let it sit at that screen for 30mins -Afterwards, press the F5 key(refresh) and the hard drive should reappear on the list -restart...and it'll be unlocked.
I don't know if that will help your problem but I hope it helps someone. :thumbsup:
How to remove and unlock hard drive password? Is there any software to recover hard drive disk password? Where to download hard drive password cracker? Is it possible to reset the hard drive password?
According to Lenovo and many other manufacturers' website, if you forget your hard drive or hard disk password, there is no possible way to reset your password or recover data in the hard disk drive. Basically the hard drive is unusable. Scary right? However, this is often not true.
Most people are not aware that most hard disk drives have the ability to set a hardware password, just like the Bios password for motherboards, thus making the drive completely inaccessible unless a correct password is provided during the BIOS POST test. Usually these features can only be found in laptops, this is when you set a password on your notebook, the hard drive together with the motherboard becomes locked.
Most experts would say if you forget the original HDD or Bios password, there is no way of restoring it by generic system tools. Unlike the Bios password where there is a master key or with the removal of the bios battery, the password is erased from the flash memory thus the settings is restored to factory settings without the password, however, this does not applies to hard disk.
The hard disk password is setup using the BIOS configuration, this password is stored on the hard disk and there are no backdoor passwords you can use except the password you created and if you know this password then you can remove it permanently using the BIOS configuration. Moving this hard drive into another laptop will not work either, it won't allow access to this hard disk.
Your only option is to purchase a new hard drive to replace the one with the password.
If you also created a BIOS password, you need this password to get into the BIOS configuration.
All these passwords are created by users to prevent unauthorized access into the laptop and hard disk.
There are three possible options ranging from free (if you are not afraid to open your laptop, locate and remove the bios battery) to $170 (for a new hard drive and a cloning kit).
Option 1: Here is a copy of an email from Acer Support:
Thank you for contacting Acer America. I apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry. In order to have the BIOS or hard disk password removed (This include any biometric security), the notebook will need to come in to our repair depot for password removal. This service is not covered by warranty and unfortunately there is no other recourse to remove a BIOS or HDD password from the notebook. The flat fee for BIOS password removal is $100.00 US dollars plus tax. If it is a BIOS or HDD password and you would like us to service it for you, please contact our telephone technical support line at 1-800-816-2237. Hours of operation are 7am-9pm CST Monday-Friday and 8am-5pm CST Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays.
Option 2: Resetting an Acer BIOS Password Using Hardware.
If you cannot boot the Acer and don't want to send your computer back to Acer for an unknown amount of time, you can try to reset the BIOS password via hardware. Tech FAQ Forum members have reported that they were able to remove their Acer BIOS passwords by simply opening their notebooks and removing the CMOS batteries for 30 minutes. Once your BIOS password is removed, you will need to press the <F2> key during POST (Power On Self Test) to enter the Acer BIOS setup.
Option 3: Possibly resetting BIOS Password using Hard Drive Upgrade Kit and a new Hard Drive.
A colegue told me that he used a hard drive upgrade kit and during the cloning process the hard drive password was erased. He can not recall providing the password when he booted from the bootable cloning CD provided with the Kit and when he replaced the hard drive with the cloned one and botted the laptop, the hard drive password was gone! He had to go into bios to manually enter a new hard drive password.
The kit he used was about $50 - APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit - Retail. He paid for a bigger hard drive separately, but he just needed bigger hard drive (and found out about the password erasure by accident).
If you are running Vista, You can System restore from your recovery disk or from the recovery options stored on your hard drive at start up. Restore far enough back as to ensure it was before you applied a password. Hopefully you'll get away without having to wipe an reconfig the OS.