|You are only allowed to enter the wrong password a small set number of times. When a message appears like that, usually you can reboot the computer and you will be able to try other passwords the same max number of times. |
If this is a laptop, if you must enter a password to access the hard drive, the password info is stored both
- on a data area on the hard drive that cannot be accessed with almost all programs,
- and, if the laptop is less than about ten years or more old, also on a soldered in chip on the mboard that is not the bios chip that cannot have it's user data erased from it by removing the power to it.
If you're telling the truth, your best bet is....
Contact someone who used to work at the company you worked at to see if you can find out whoever would know the password that was used - e.g. the network administrator or another technician.
If you can find that out, then you can remove the password.
If you can't find that out
- you can't re-format the passworded hard drive on any computer. Even if you could, the password info is stored on a data area that is not erased when you re-format the drive.
- if you were to use a hard drive with no password in the laptop that had a passworded hard drive previously and that password is unknown and was not removed, you won't be able to access the new hard drive
- if you were to use a hard drive with no password in the laptop , AND replace the mboard with a used one that has no passwords enabled, then you can use the hard drive and the laptop , no problem.
There are companies that can remove the password info from the harddrive, but their services don't come cheap, and you would still need to replace the mboard with one that has no passwords enabled on the subject laptop.
A company in the UK that can remove hard drive passwords from certain laptop hard drives for 49 pounds, or any other laptop hard drive for 149 pounds. The drive must be shipped to them. It appears that the rate does not include shipping charges.
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There are other illegal ways to remove the passwords, but the rules of this web site forbid us from telling you about those.