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Re: How can I open a locked hard drive ?
Unless you have special software, it is nearly impossible to unlock a hard drive. Some professional hardware repair stations have that ability, so look around. The alternative is to contact Toshiba directly and see if they will take you drive and unlock it for you.
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If a hard disk is password protected, you must get the password. There is normally no way around it.
However, if the user password has been set, the administrator password on the hard disk can be used to delete it. I am not talking about Windows accounts here, I refer to passwords stored in the firmware of the hard disk.
Maybe if you can format the disk-but you loose data, maybe there is a program that can do it, probably in linux, or bootable itself, maybe ask acer for master password or something, if you still own original laptop and it runs then try to remove disk encryption while the hdd is accessible with laptop (i think its in bios), otherwise the hdd may be unusable to prevent data theft. you can plug any sata hdd into any sata device if you can hook all the cables, no compatibility issues there. try googling and youtubing for more answers
The hard drive / optical drive have jumper settings, not the motherboard. PATA has jumper settings, but SATA do not require any. The diagram of the setting is drawn on the hard disk itself below the serial number etc. For SATA, look on the motherboard for the SATA ports. Each port will be named as like SATA 0, SATA 1 etc. If you want the hardd disk to boot first, plug it in SATA 0. and the next device in SATA 1. However, you can also set the first and other boot device from the BIOS itself, in case of SATA.