Hard drive has been password protected - how do I fix it?
My laptop was stolen recently but unbelievably it got recovered during a police raid of a gang headquaters!! Anyway, I got the laptop back but when you try to start it up it asks for the hard drive password - the thieves put one on - the police couldn't crack it so just wondering if there is anyway it can be broken? Can't even format the hard drive.
Failing that, can you tell me what are compatible hard-drives for an HP Pavilion ze4300 laptop?
Re: Hard drive has been password protected - how do I fix...
This is a bios password u will have to when you start your pc enter into the setup by pressing f1 or f8 or what ever your system is setup to and see if you can change it back or to where it says to eather enable password or disable it if it is locked by the system administrater then u will have to call microsoft and they will have to give you the unlock code over the phone to unlock your bios
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Power On password The Power on Password and hard drive password is used to protect the laptop/computer and hard disk from unauthorized access. The hard drive password is setup in the BIOS you need the hard disk password to remove the password. I'm afraid you may have purchased a stolen laptop/computer. It is impossible to remove a hard drive's password there are no backdoor passwords because the password is stored in the hard drive's firmware. If the laptop/computer has a Power on Password then this laptop cannot boot up. If the hard drive is password protected then remove the existing drive, replace it with a new hard drive may fix the laptop/computer r BUT it may also set a password on the new hard disk and lock it with the same password. If it does not password protect the new hard drive, then install Windows plus laptop/computer's device drivers and programs to get a working laptop/computer.
Hard Drives do not have a built in password. Hard drives are password protected by the original owner to keep thieves from getting into sensitive data. If your hard drive has a password on it and you don't know the password, then 99% of the time it means you have a stolen laptop. The original owner might have always had it password locked on the hard drive or once it was stolen they may have had the ability to lock it remotely. The only way you'll be able to use that laptop is to get the original owner to key in and remove the password from the hard drive or purchase another hard drive and get it installed, load the operating system, load the drivers, load the application programs.
Your computers boot up has password protection enabled or you hard drive has been encrypted for security.
This is very difficult to fix as it's meant to protect your personal information in the event your PC is stolen or lost.
It looks like you activated a hard drive security feature or you acquired a stolen laptop. Without the password, this is a "over and out"... nothing, not even the drive manufacturer can recover your data or make the drive work again. You need to replace the hard drive with a new one.
That happens because the BIOS uses a SATA controller that is not included in Windows XP install disk.
Usually you can solve the problem going to BIOS settings and changing SATA/RAID settings.Check your BIOS settings, and disable SATA RAID mode.This is done in different ways depending on the BIOS.
On HP/Compaq computers for example you press F2 on startup to enter BIOS, then disable SATA mode on bios settings. On other makes the procedure can be slightly different. Another way to fix the problem, is by creating your own XP setup disk with SATA drivers included, see: Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows .
Did you contact DELL. As long as you have the police report, they should be allowed to help you. That is a security issue. We can not tell you that because you could be someone with a stolen laptop. We have no way of knowing this. You would not want us to explain to someone how to break into your laptop would you?
Never heard of a 'hard drive code' before.. You don't mean a BIOS password, do you?? If it is a bios password, there is most likely a switch or 'jumper pin' on the motherboard, that will reset the bios to default. That will get rid of the password. If this is not helpful, please describe what happens when you try to start the pc..? Maybe more info will help sort this out. Go to the website of the manufacturer & look for your model of pc. It will tell you how to reset the bios password, if you need further info..