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Purchased on Ebay an Asus which has a locked HD. I have booted it to USB stick with Knoppix. It has a 160Gb locked Western Digital drive. Is this a bios problem? Is it a HD firm ware problem. I'm not very familar with Asus laptops. Will replacing the HD solve the problem. I do have drives I can install and I'm quite capable of this op. I have replaced screens and HD's but is this going to solve the locked problem?

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The Power on Password and hard drive password is used to protect the laptop and hard disk from unauthorized access.
The hard drive password is setup in the BIOS, you need the hard disk password to remove the password.
I'm afraid you may have purchased a stolen laptop. It is impossible to remove a hard drive password, there are no backdoor passwords and if the Asus has a Power on Password then this laptop cannot boot up.
If the hard drive is password protected then remove the existing drive, replace it with a new hard drive, install Windows plus the Asus device drivers and programs to get a working laptop.

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You have to erase the motherboard memory. However this is extremely difficult. Even if you esase the cmos memory and put in a whole new hard drive, the lock may still be there. Your best bet is to contact the seller to see if they will give you the password. If they dont want to help you then you should leave a negative feedback on their account.

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