can not format hardisk and put windows on it saysdrive lock

September 30, 2012 at 01:28:32
Specs: Windows 7
I have a 250 GB hard-disk and want to add it to my 80 GB ,but when I switch on the computer,before the start up, a small window pups up saying Drive-Lock with a small key symbol in front,I have tried all that I can,but will not give me access.
Please help me out.

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September 30, 2012 at 03:13:14
Try removing the CMOS battery from the motherboard and leave it off for at least 10 minutes. Then put it back. make sure you put the battery back the same way up as it was ( the '+' symbol should be face-up).

Information: the CMOS battery is usually a little, silver-coloured coin-shaped battery.
Disconnect PC power cable and touch the bare metal chassis to remove static electricity from your body before touching any motherboard components!

Re-assemble the PC and re-connect power cable.
On power-up, press the correct key to enter BIOS Setup.
Select "Load BIOS defaults"
Save & exit the BIOS Setup.

Your PC will reboot and the drive lock should no longer be active.

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September 30, 2012 at 04:02:03
Hi Phil,

I am unsure your advice is good for Modtech's problem, who has provided skant details, such as pc make/model, disk origin etc.

Here much is explained:-

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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October 1, 2012 at 05:52:51
What is the history of the 250GB hard drive? Sounds like there may be a hard drive password on it. Is this a 2.5" drive by chance?

I agree that removing the CMOS battery probably won't help.

When you introduce a new hard drive into a system the BIOS assumes you want to boot to that drive. You need to change the boot order to return it back to the original boot drive. That may require accessing a second screen in the BIOS. Hard to state the exact procedure without more information.

Once you have restored the settings to boot to the original drive you should be able to boot into Windows. Once in Windows you can try accessing the drive in Windows Disk Management. IF there is a hard drive password on it you will not be able to access it.

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