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Toshiba notebook HDD problem

I have a toshiba satelite 2410 S185 notebook,i tried to turn it on and somehow i dont know what happened it wont boot up.. it keep asking me for a HDD password, which i never wont let me goes to the bios and anything.. is there some code i have to type in for the Hardrive or so?

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  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2007

    my problem is very similar on a toshiba m105-s3041, all though iam able to access the hard drive without a problem. At first i was prompted for passwords, I did manage to clear them. I ran a XP install disk to attempt a repair begining w/ a chkdsk, it stopped early and said that 25% of the disk could not be read or had bad sectors. Also in the bios on the same password page the status of the hard drive is "frozen". This model came w/ a feature which allows playback of cd/dvd's without having to load windows @ boot. Attempting to boot now goes as far as an Intel(r) Boot Agent FE v4.1.18
    PXE_E61: media test failure, check cable
    PXE-MOF:Exiting Intel Boot Agent
    Oprerating system not found

    Please help i have tried nothing and iam all out of ideas

  • alicepalice Dec 10, 2007

    how do i get into the bios on this laptop

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    how to removed the harddrive

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    My password was changed another member of the house tried to log on to windows under the old password and now the bios says password frozen hdd, any way out of this problem without buying a new hdd?

  • Jen64 Jun 13, 2008

    I am receiving the same message when trying to start up that my operating system is not found. I have already replaced my hard drive twice after different problems so obviously there is some other issue. Any help is appreciated!

  • saguaro Oct 15, 2008

    my little frankenstien laptop (lcd screen broke cuz a **** won't pay to fix it cuz his speaker fell on top of it during a move...) finally decided to give up. I was on fine and then I went to reboot my computer one day and when it came it back up it went to a boot prompt. i would try to boot it in safe mode or any of the other modes it asks for and every time it looks like it trys then stops and starts over. I got to the bios and it says hdd password froze. I lost the cd that had the drivers on it. is there anywhere i can download a new drivers cd?

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    My password was changed another member of the house tried to log on to windows under the old password and now the bios says password frozen hdd, any way out of this problem without buying a new hdd?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Just had new HDD installed,problems from before HDD was insalled still happening. Trying to boot, solve the problem! Most of the forums I come-across, are close to my problems. Anyway password not showed,black screen now.



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I think you may find your hard drive has failed? I suggest that you replace the hard drive with a new one. But, just to check.. remove the hard Drive from the machine... (usually acessable under the machine via a couple of screws and usually just slides out etc) Then try to "Boot" the machine from CD or floppy.. (on say ya Windows XP CD, choosing Boot from CD from PC menu) if it does.. then it IS ya HD, if not then ya may have a Motherboard fault. So do NOT change the drive.. at this juncture I would suggest ya go to a reputable PC repairer and ask for a "Quote" for the fix, and an explanation of what is/was wrong.

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Nope, I have two harddrives with the same problem. I know both harddrives work fine just keeps asking for the HDD password no matter which i put in but the origional failing drive dose not ask for this HDD password it may be the formatting I'm going to try re-partitioning, and look on toshiba's technical site for more and try and post it back

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