Reset hard drive password

October 12, 2011 at 13:41:35
Specs: XP, 1.8 ghz/ 1G
I have the password. When my Gateway 7730 boots up I get asked for the hard drive password. I type the password in and it continues to the OS. I've gone to the BIOS and the function to let me not get asked is grayed out. Other than removing the Cmos, what can I do to have it just boot to the OS.

If I still have to remove the Cmos is there anywhere I can get detailed instructions as I am as far as removing all the screews from the bottom, CD, HD, battery and so on. Something else is holding it together and I just don't see it. I have spent, this time 2 hours with and I can't remember how much time before.

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October 12, 2011 at 14:09:44
Read the instructuon manal for how to remove the hard dsik password. It is slightly different for each laptop. Removing the CMOS bettery will not help as all that will remove is the BIOS password if one is set.

The hard dsik password is stored in a seperate flash memory chip and cannot be removed or reset unless you already know the password.and use the correct proceedure.


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October 12, 2011 at 14:42:22
Thanks for getting back so quickly

I have the password and I just want to stop the delay during boot up when I am asked for the locked hard disk password. I don't know how I did it but I am the only one who operates this computer so I had to. In the BIOS there is no option to stop it as it is grayed out.

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October 12, 2011 at 18:35:55
Some of the security software use a password. Again the owners manual should make it clear how to remove this security feature. Some have to run a windows application to remove it. Some need a F key at boot to run a security suite. I rather doubt it is in the bios.

The password is there to help prevent crooks from stealing your computer. Not only might your very personal data be protected in a theft but the thief may not be able to profit from the ill gotten gain.

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