remove hard drive password

Ibm Travelstar 20gb hard drive
July 2, 2010 at 12:24:27
Specs: windows xp
I have an IBM travelstar 20 GB ATA/IDE
has a password that I need to remove - How do I do this

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July 2, 2010 at 12:44:28
Put the drive back in the original computer it came out of then go into the BIOS and turn off the Drive Lock.

If you can't do this and you have to get the data off then you can send the drive to a data recovery company to get it. Other wise you have to reformat it.

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July 2, 2010 at 12:47:16
You can't, at least you can't legitimately, remove the hard drive password
- from hard drives in laptops made in the past ten years or more unless you know the password
- even if you do know the password unless it's in the laptop the password was installed with, or in a small group of models made at about the same time by the same brand.

If you still can access the bios and the system without needing to enter a password, most technicians just replace the hard drive.
Also ...
See Response 3:

In addition to that, the info about whether there is a hard drive password is stored both on the chip on the mboard you can't erase the user contents of, and on the hard drive in an area that is not accessible by using any commonly used program.

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July 24, 2010 at 09:38:31
i have found a company that can remove the hard drive passwords, which i know cannot be done by changing the boards, any software or any other means
but they have two services,

one is for certain drives only

the other more expensive one is for all drives

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July 24, 2010 at 11:12:41
Thanks for that info.

Perhaps I should have stated....

You can't, at least you can't legitimately, unless you're willing to pay a fair chunk of money to some company, remove the hard drive password .....

I suspect the vast majority of the people who post Topics we see here, and that I've seen on another web site I used to answer on, regarding unknown laptop bios access, system access, or hard drive access passwords probably either have a stolen laptop, or are trying to access a laptop that is not theirs, they want a free solution, and are not likely willing to pay more than a small amount of money.

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July 24, 2010 at 11:28:07
The thieves may know there are issues with accessing these laptops but they don't disclose that to buyers that are eager for a bargain.

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