|I have a Gateway NV5378u " NV53 " Laptop that somehow has Locked it's Hard Drive and Requires a Password. |
This has Nothing to do with Any Version of Windows or the BIOS Password. It is a new " Pain in the ASS " feature of hard drives that you can Password Protect the Hard Drive in the bios to prevent data theft and makes the drive unusable. The Drive is UN-Formatable, Unlock able without sending it in for a Fee. Unfortunately Gateway must have put this lock password on the drive because the laptop has never been Serviced and no one has had access to the BIOS. Gateway Does NOT Deserve any more money for this stupid crap. From what I read some laptops will do this after setting for some time? " I don't know the truth to this? " But Whatever.
I have tried ZU.EXE, and ATAPWD.EXE and no luck with either. So I guess all Files are lost.
New Question is "which I can't seem to ask Gateway without Paying them" can I just install a new hard drive in this laptop and install Linux on it without the BIOS locking the new drive?
I had to completely remove the old drive to even get the system to boot off a CD or USB drive.
Linux Mint 12 ran perfectly off a USB Pendrive after that.
I just don't want to waste $60 on a new 500 gig drive only to have this laptop lock me out of it.
Will it give me the option to Password the new drive? or will it auto lock it?
Anyone with any experience on this? I would appreciate there input.
Compaq Presario SR2010NX
Athlon X2 6000+ 3.0Ghz
4GB DDR2 800
nVidia 512mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW
Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon