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Re: Hard Drive Password protected
It's 50/50. With some hard drives you can reload the system, with some you can't. If it's one that won't allow you then you will need to replace the hard drive. One little trick you might try if the hard drive won't allow you to reload is place the hard drive on the speaker magnet in your car overnight. Open the trunk, and you should see the magnet at the base of the speaker, just stick the hard drive directly to it, and leave it. A speaker magnet is strong enough to scramble a hard drive. This doesn't always work, but it has worked a couple of times for me with hard drives I've picked up at auction that were password protected.
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That's the idea of HDD passwords. You can't access the data on it at all. Either by boot cd or physically removing the hard drive and connecting it to another pc, you still won't be able to access the drive. Two options, replace the hard drive and reload a clean o/s. Or, there is a service available that might remove the password and retain the data. There are also services that will remove the password and wipe the data, as a security measure. But at the cost of either of these services, makes better sense to replace the drive and reload the o/s. You can goole HDD Unlock and find the software easily. You would need to connect the drive to another working pc. Download and run the software on that password protected drive. It will tell you if it is unlockable. To bad it's not a Dell, I may be able to provide you with a p/w to unlock it.
Power On password The Power on Password and hard drive password is used to protect the laptop/computer 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/computer. It is impossible to remove a hard drive's password there are no backdoor passwords because the password is stored in the hard drive's firmware. If the laptop/computer 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 may fix the laptop/computer r BUT it may also set a password on the new hard disk and lock it with the same password. If it does not password protect the new hard drive, then install Windows plus laptop/computer's device drivers and programs to get a working laptop/computer.
The hard drive may be compromised, if you have a cd installation disc load in dvd tray and shut computer off, now power up! when logo appears press F12 to set the boot order, toggle up and down using the arrow keys on the keyboard, highlight cd/dvd drive and press enter, this will reload your operational system with a fresh install of windows from scratch, just follow the prompt.
See if the password is on the hard drive by removing the hard drive and try to boot windows setup in the cdrom drive (note, since the hard drive is out you can run windows, but, it should at least start setup). If it starts setup, then you need a replacement drive, or a utility than can reformat the drive.
if you can access the bios and boot from floppy or cd you might try making a linux cd or a bootable usb using knoppix. the only thing is you would need perhaps another pc to download the actual knoppix distribution and make it bootable. there are resources available in the web if u just type google. this is actually how i accessed my computer after a master boot record fail. what happens is even if you have a password on your profile in windows, knopix actually bypasses that because its a different architecture. knoppix begins from root folder and plugs your hard drive on to a subfolder mount automatically. knoppix is also similar to use to windows and it would basically allow you to backup your files, or whatever u deem important which are usually located in my documents folder. my documents can be accessed from your drive, to documents and settings, to whatever your profile name is, to my documents.
I had the same problem. This is how I reset my password on a compaq or hp nc6320. 1. unplug the power cord 2. unplug the battery 3. take two screws from the ram cover on the back of the laptop (see youtube for this step) 4. open the keyboard 5. unplug the cmos battery cable (very easy to do) 6. plug power cable and turn on the laptop 7. laptop would erase passwords. 8. put everything back together.