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Format hard drive without access to bios

How do i format my harddrive if i cant get my laptop to boot from disk, the bios are locked by config password

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Is there an option when you boot up to go to a boot menu other than the bios, with dell's if you press F12 it will take you to a boot menu and you can select to boot from cd

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    2dcapcom Feb 17, 2009

    well you can pull the hard drive out and set it up as a slave drive in another computer and format it that way, or use an external sata or ide connector to usb whichever technology you have, the config password i believe can be reset by pulling out the cmos battery from the systemboard (looks like a small watch battery), if you dont have a battery then there is a jumper that will clear the cmos but that requires finding the manual for the systemboard, there are always options but you start with the easiest one first


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