Question about Gateway NV55C03u Laptop
Removed power cord, and battery and took BIOS battery out and let it stay like that overnight for at least 8 hours and still the HDD is locked. Ordered system disc & recovery discs 1 thru 3 and tried to restore back to factory settings but still failed.
Take the battery out of the laptop and then hold the power button on the laptop for 2 minutes.
This should reset the BOIS and erase the unlock password.
Posted on Dec 06, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
From my experience there is no way to retrieve or remove a unknown hard drive (HDD) password. The bios passwords and windows passwords are no problem to remove, but the HDD password cannot be removed. Only option I know is to replace the hard drive. I have done this on about a dozen PC's
Posted on Dec 06, 2009
So who put the password on it? 99% of the time if there is a Hard Drive Password and the person in possession of the laptop don't know the password, the laptop is stolen. The original owner put the password lock on the hard drive to keep thieves from getting to sensitive data. The owner could have set the password remotely once the laptop was stolen. Your system is toast. The only remedy is to get the original owner to remove the password.
Posted on Apr 08, 2012
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Detach the CMOS battery from the metal holder. Some Gateway CMOS battery holders have tabs on both sides, while with others you can lift the battery out. Press down on the tabs and the battery will pop out. Wait two minutes, then push the battery back in. This will change the CMOS settings back to default and reset the Gateway BIOS password. Replace the panel and cords. Turn on the PC and enter the BIOS menu by pressing F2 repeatedly to create a new password. To bypass creating a BIOS password, boot to Windows normally.
Then everything will be just fine.
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