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Just put in a new 320gb westerndigital hard drive and did not partition it when i had the chance and now it gives me a disk read error. Any help on how to fix problem without spending more money would be greatly apprciated. Thank you, Jason

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  • jasonelder97 Dec 12, 2009

    The dirve is to large as the bios only sees 137 gb. The bios is locked and i dont have admin password. Any other suggestions. thanks



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Hello, I'd try a few things (non-money-costing).

  1. Check the BIOS. The drive may be too large. You may have to change the 'compatibility mode'.
  2. You need your BIOS set to CDROM first and HD second.

Hope this helps a bit. Let me know the results.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

  • Braunson Y Dec 12, 2009


    Have you tried the default backdoor password Dell ? Try giving Dell support a call for a pasword, they're pretty helpful!

    Yet there is yet another way -- If you have the previous harddrive and it has a working operating system, you can use the program Christophe Grenier has written a program that will calculate the master BIOS password for Dell Latitudes from the Service Tag number. That program is available at

    Go into a command-session (or DOS-box) in any OS you like.
    Go to the directory with the LATITUDE.EXE program in it (size is only 5,467).
    Type in latitude 12345 and hit enter. You have to substitute 12345 with your 5-character service tag number. The program then gives you the password.Simple (if you know how to).Attached is a working version in a zip-file

    If you do the above, continue onto #2 of the previous post, and then try using your new OS cd as right now your computers booting from the harddrive not the CDrom, and as the Harddrive is empty, it returns a disk read error. You need to boot from the cd, and there from the cd install the OS to the harddrive.



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