|It's amazing, in fact overwhelming how many of you so called experts missed the boat again! All of your answer's about the "bios" & battery idea's have NOTHING to do with the question! And those comments will NEVER fix the problem.|
The question deals with the HARD DRV password problem which as some of you do properly say, is embedded in the "hard drv on board chips software" designed by the manufacturers to preserve the integrity of the data on the hd, due to theft. Unless it has been publicly released, there is no software to "breakthrough" the encryption to allow "deleting" the current password(s), whether they are the middle or high level security setting, without losing your data, or even access the drv
NO reformatting, trying to change partitions, none of it works because you can't get access. If you know the password(s), & if you can get into the BIOS settings, some of them do allow a way to change, or delete the existing password(s). BUT you have to know it/them 1st!
Sure you can request & with proper proof of ownership of a drv send it back to the computer manufacturer, i.e., DELL, IBM, HP, G/WAY, LENOVO, ACER, etc but it isn't cheap & you may or may not lose all your data!
Now there is a software that you can by, (hard to find), that will also do this, but again, you will lose all your data, & it MUST be loaded into ram BEFORE you can get access to the "password protected & don't know the password" drv.
But then is it really worth it? Another reason that "full backups" are critical. Compare to what you paid for that tiny little drv then, & a good used replacemnt today, or even much larger capacity, why bother? Besides all that my research has found that even changing the drv pc board won't work, HUMMMMM
I know some of these things because I do this for a living as some of the others do. So the next before some of you want to offer your opinions, READ THE QUESTION over & over until YOU understand what is being asked!
And that's all folks, gotta go