hdd password

Dell Latitude e6400 laptop computer (int...
May 11, 2010 at 13:11:14
Specs: vista business
bought laptop from pawn shop as is no warranty and
can't get pass the hdd password or bios password to
program it please help.

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#1
May 11, 2010 at 13:31:41

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#2
May 11, 2010 at 13:33:20
Contact the computer manufacture and with proof of ownership, they may be able to help you.

Hard disk passwords on laptops are impossible to remove as they are tied in with the hardware. A security measure as laptops often get stolen which is probably how this laptop ended up in a pawn shop in the first place.

Your only other option is to install a new hard disk and bin the old one.

Stuart


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#3
May 11, 2010 at 14:53:32
Usually once you reset the BIOS you should be able to reformat the drive and Install Windows.

To reset the BIOS password you can find the Flash jumper under the keyboard depending on the model.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JqB...

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TEAR THE HOLE THING APART LIKE THE GUY IN THE VIDEO DID BUT IT GIVES YOU A GOOD PICTURE OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

Here is another video without tearing the hole thing apart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx5H...

Note: The Drive will be Encrypted still so you will need to get a Windows Disk to reformat and reinstall.


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#4
May 11, 2010 at 19:29:15
Yeah, be gentle, don't tear up the hole.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
May 12, 2010 at 05:49:46
ace

Have you personally performed the operation described above?


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#6
May 12, 2010 at 10:19:25
Not on a Dell but on an HP and a Toshiba. Some laptops you just simply pull the BIOS battery for a day and it wipes.

I always recommend you take it to a professional to get it done.


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#7
May 12, 2010 at 10:25:43
I don't believe BIOS/ hard drive passwords on any laptop newer than 4 or 5 years old can be wiped so easily.


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#8
May 12, 2010 at 10:39:29
Our laptops are only about 2 years old and it is not hard to wipe a BIOS password on them. It all depends on the manufacture though. There are always ways to wipe BIOS passwords with shorting out the power connectors but this may cause damage to the laptop and I never recommend it unless you have no choice. Most OEMs will do this for you for a cost. You just mail them the laptop and they will reset the BIOS and Reimage the drive to bring it back to factory state but it is not covered under warrantee.

This still does not give you access to the info on the drive though because it is encrypted but some data recovery companies can get data off of drives that have been drive locked if you pay them enough.

The best solution is to never buy stolen laptops and to never forget your BIOS password but we had some employees who got laid off who forgot their drivelock password and I had to do this.


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