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This is found I think in its Bios which is pressing whatever key gets you in there like F2 or Delete etc just after powering it on but before system boot up and would be under security tab.
Though this would require knowledge of its original password to remove and replace it.
The only way I have done it is a bit "rough" it involves the removal of the back up battery and not switching on for (or leaving it with any power at all) for say 24 hours or longer (depends how resiliant it is) this will cause the Bios data to "forget its settings". You can of course write down settings before you do this but there is a default entry at the last settings to restore some back to a working normal.
It should also forget passwords stored, when you power it up after battery removal and powered it down and it then wakes up in a "mood" like saying it needs to be reset by you, power off and refit the back up battery
power on and enter its Bios to reset what is needed like the clock etc which will have gone back to 00:00 plus a date which will tell you how old its Bios basic program dates from out of interest. Any settings you do will be remembered for next time.
How to Reset Your BIOS
Start with this to see whats needed look into other versions as one may be nearer yours. Read up on it before you start so you get an idea of things to do but the "default settings selection" will get you out of trouble if a panic sets in.
Hope this helps.........
Posted on Jan 04, 2018
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is a protection feature on the system and i'm guessing one of the users on this system set it up - intentionally or accidentally. Best resolution to this (apart from replaceing the Hard drive) is to contact the vendor of the product and get the master password for the system.
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
write wrong password three times. it wil lgive you a password. give me to it and i will give yout the right one.
Posted on May 30, 2009
SOURCE: hdd pasword for gateway mt6451
There is no way to get around a hard drive password as the password is not in the BIOS it is stored on the control board for the hard drive itself.
The only option is to send it off the a Data Recovery company.
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
After much searching on the web for many unhelpful answers, I finally discovered what the actual issue is, so then I was able to fix it. I will be posting this in as many places as possible so that future people having this issue won't have to struggle with it for hours like I did.
First of all, as much as I love Samsung drives, avoid them for this model. There is some sort of "brain-dead incompatibility" (as one guy put it) that prevents them from working correctly. Western Digital costs more and is slower, but it at least will work correctly in this unit.
The size issue is not the BIOS at all. I discovered this by accident. The issue is that Dell's software engineers are stupid......or at least were. Dell customized the boot loader in the MBR, which gives the www.dell.com bar upon bootup. The issue is that this is not the only thing this weird bit of code does. Programmed into this odd bit of code is the size of the original hard drive. Upon executing, this boot code then sets the hard drive HPA to that size. For people unfamiliar with HPA, it tells the hard drive what size it should report itself to be. If you had put the hard drive in the machine blank, you'd see that the BIOS correctly reported its size. However, once you clone the old hard drive onto it and boot it, that funky MBR writes an HPA to the drive, telling it to report the old size, which it dutifully does.
The solution is as follows:
1. Remove the HPA with a utility like MHDD (Maysoft's Hard Disk Utility), which can be downloaded as a bootable CD. Other utilities provide this functionality, but I am most familiar with MHDD's implementation. Once you boot MHDD and select the drive, type "hpa" to launch the HPA utility. It will show you the native maximum addressable LBA, which you will then tell it to apply persistently (1), type in the native address, and confirm with y. It will say "done."
2. Reboot, but this time boot from the Windows XP CD. DO press a key to boot from the CD, when prompted. After it loads the text-mode Windows, select "R" to repair with the recovery console. Select your preferred keyboard layout if it isn't US, and select the Windows partition to log onto by number. You will need to know the Administrator password for the Windows installation. On many of these units there is none; simply press enter when prompted on these machines. If you don't know what it is, NTPASSWD is a great utility to clear them--do your own research on that one. Once you are logged in, type "fixmbr" then "fixboot" to replace Dell's weird bootloader with the standard Microsoft one. You will get a warning that the computer has a non-standard or invalid MBR......which we already knew, so tell it to go ahead and fix it. In spite of its dire predictions, I have never had fixmbr lose partitions, no matter how non-standard the MBR may be.
3. If you adjusted the partition smaller to make Windows boot, you can now expand it to fill the hard drive. Windows will boot normally, without that Dell bar or a BSOD.
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Posted on Mar 27, 2012
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