|Modern laptops are very well protected because it's easy to steal them. |
You would be much better off if you could figure out what the password you used was, if in fact that's the truth. You're supposed to use a password you can easily remember.
I / we have seen hundreds of posts where someone claims they or the former user don't / doesn't remember a system access, bios access, or hard drive password for a laptop, and in the vast majority of those cases, especially if it's a system access or hard drive password which would have to be known every time the computer was used, I / we suspect it's actually someone who knowingly or unknowing has a stolen laptop, or is trying to access someone else's laptop they shouldn't have the right to access.
The password info on modern laptops (those newer than ten years old or possibly a bit older) is NOT stored on the bios chip - it's stored on another chip that cannot have it's user data contents erased by removing the power to it.
If the password is for hard drive access, the password info is stored both on that chip that you can't erase, and on the hard drive in an area that is not accessible by using any normally available program.
Flashing the bios won't remove the password info on that chip.
If you can't boot the computer from a bootable disk in it's present passworded protected state, you can't flash the bios in any case.
If your only problem is the Boot Order or similar settings are not set right, e.g. you can't boot from a CD or DVD, on a laptop , you usually have the option of pressing a key while a certain line is displayed on the screen, that pops up a list of drives or devices you can boot from - you choose one of them, and you will be able to boot from that if it's bootable, despite the fact the Boot Order or similar settings are not set right. However, if the password you can't remember is the system access password, you probably won't be able to do that.
There are a small number number of experts that can remove passwords, but, of course, that will cost you money.
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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