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this laptop most probably belonged to someone else who put a password on bios. Removing the back-up battery did not erase bios protections, only the date and time. To erase bios is necessary specially equipment and is not cheap.
HDD passwords are designed to be 100% secure and there is nothing available to reset or remove the HDD password whether the password failure is caused by human error or HDD defect. Users must ensure they have regular backups.Unfortunately,a new HDD will be required and is not covered by the standard warranty.
The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a Compaq SATA drive on a disk etc and can install it when XP asks for a hard drive driver, then XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive, this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then install XP normally, and all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
That could be the BIOS password. If you have any idea who could have set it up ask them. If not you have to ask hp to reset it. NOTE: This service is not covered under the standard warranty. It's a high possibility that they will charge you. The BIOS is a kind of software and hard ware at the same time. Its a software because it provides instruction to the devices to your notebook. (hard drive, processors etc). It is also a hard ware because its embedded to the motherboard. So to reset the Bios password. they will replace this part
you may need a bios update. if a password has been set for the BIOS then you need to use it in order to do the update. BIOS updates are usually available from HP website and depend on the model of your laptop.
Hello Oldnovii This Toshiba notebook has both a BIOS and hard drive lock on it. The client has already paid $ 25 to the Toshiba depot to have the BIOS lock removed now they want $ 100 to remove the hard drive lock. The hard drive lock cannot be removed by trying to bypass it using a boot cd or disabling the hard drive boot option in the BIOS. Any help will be appreciated since my client has now had the notebook for 2 weeks and cannot use it. Thanks
If you set the hard drive password yourself and forgot it, you out of luck. I don?t know if you would be able to recover it. After a quick search on Google I found a utility called A-FF Repair Station. They support a lot of drives and license for 1 recovery will cost you about $50. I have never tried this software myself.
If you didn?t set the hard drive password and the laptop still asking for it on start up, then I have a suggestion. Check the version of BIOS installed on your laptop. Three wil be some fix in the latest version like: ?Prevented the message asking for HDD password when there is a problem with the HDD?. In other words, if there is a problem with your hard drive, the laptop might ask you about the hard drive password even if you didn?t set it up. Go to Toshiba tech support website, update the BIOS on your laptop and see if you can bypass the HDD password message.
According to the BIOS fix in v.1.50, the HDD password message might indicate that you have a bad hard drive. If after the BIOS update you can bypass the hard drive password message and access the data, I would recommend back it up as soon as possible.