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My BUFFALO External Hard Drive is used as my back up hard drive and after my computer crashed, i couldn't retrieve any information from the external hard drive as i can't remember my password. Please help

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  • philips_matt Feb 07, 2010

    Dear All Guru,



    i have contacted BUFFALO and they advised that they cannot open it. they advised i should contact password unlocking companies to do this.



    Their default system cant open it

  • philips_matt Feb 07, 2010

    I need an Expert in Unlocking to help me unlock my locked Buffalo Technology 320GB Hard Drive

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Most external HDs can be reset without losing any files saved in it and only the password and configuration will be erased.

Check your HD if there's a reset button then verify with the manufacturer if you would lose any file after the reset. If not, the reset it. If there's no reset button, ask the manufacturer if there's a jumper that you may need to short so that the password would go back to default.

Good luck and have a great day!

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Hi there,

Well you can please follow the below link and contact to buffalo to get your password -

http://www.buffalotech.com/select-your-region

(Just copy and past the above link in your web browser)

Good Luck!!

Thanks

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