Toshiba laptop thru the BIOS put a registered password

July 21, 2012 at 18:40:20
Specs: Windows 7, AMD
How can i remove the HDD password in toshiba laptop. This password was put there by the BIOS and is registered some how. This means i don't have access to the hard disk drive. Since the BIOS is read before the operating system is loaded It will not boot from any other devices because once it reads the HDD it wants a password. I've tried attaching the HDD to another computer as a secondary device and it does not show up at all......HELP!

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#1
July 21, 2012 at 20:43:34
Passwords don't appear out of nowhere, someone has to create it. Who is the original owner of the laptop?

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#2
July 22, 2012 at 01:43:14
The HDD password set by the BIOS is a knownToshiba issue for which they do not have a solution for the HDD. Their fix is to update the BIOS, throw away your hard drive and buy another one. Please try to provide solution responses to the post instead of useless comments.

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#3
July 22, 2012 at 05:34:59
If Toshiba has no solution then there likely is none.

Even if we know of a solution we would not post it on a public forum. This is due to the fact that it is virtually impossible to verify that you have legitimate access to the computer n question. A password is a security measure. If anyone could obtain information on how to bypass this security with an anonymous request on a forum what kind of security would there be ?


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#4
July 22, 2012 at 05:49:22
The HDD password set by the BIOS is a knownToshiba issue for which they do not have a solution for the HDD.

I don't believe that for one second. If the BIOS was setting password on the hard disk without user intervention then you could be certain that Toshiba would be pulling out all the stops to put it right.

What Toshiba are probably saying ins that once a HDD Password has been set by the original owner via the BIOS, there is no way to remove it. A very good security measure.

Stuart


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#5
July 22, 2012 at 17:17:45
As i mentioned Toshiba's solution is a fix to update the BIOS to prevent the message from appearing. However, this does nothing for the HDD that has a password on it, thus it must be replaced. Nevertheless, just what is the purpose of your reply since you obviously don't have a solution? Are you the self appointed security? If so then you need more training...... first of all i was under the impress this form was an exchange of ideas, a sharing of information, a pool of knowledge well if not then excuse me for breathing. When information is shared as it is in a form nobody expects or implies a warrenty or contractual correctness in the information shared. Just simple folks seeking a simple solution to sometimes complexing issues. When computers are traded, given away, sold by owners all the time and always will be the warranty is broke at that time. Why did you imply that it is stolen? Even if a computer is stolen do you think the theif will give it back if they can't get pass the password? Daaah, The problem for Toshiba is intermittent after a power down and they were stuck with third party issues as well...... The BIOS and the Hard Drives. So they did the best thing for them provide a fix the works before the problem occurs. and nothing afterwards, and move on.... and that's what i'm going to do for this conversation ..... move on. have a nice day.

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#6
July 22, 2012 at 23:11:48
Even if a computer is stolen do you think the theif will give it back if they can't get pass the password

No, they go down to the local bar and sells it to some poor unsuspecting sucker who things they are getting a bargain - till he gets home and finds out the hard disk is password protected.

When you have been around these forums a little longer you might start to think that laptop users all have defective memories, there are so many of them that seem to have forgotten passwords.

As Rider said, passwords don't set themselves.

Stuart


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#7
July 23, 2012 at 03:45:54
Bottom line. If toshiba admitted that their bios was faulty and causing this type of password problem they would be morally ( and possibly legally ) bound to rectify the situation by providing the replacement hard drive free gratis. Since you claim they are only prepared to provide a bios update that supposedly prevents the issue happening we would be interested in seeing the links to your information sources. And as to our reluctance to assist with bypassing such passwords I suggest you read the forum rules.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#8
July 28, 2012 at 02:58:05
Can you enter the BIOS? If so, try setting a BIOS Password then Save and exit (don't forget the password, write it down!) and when you enter the toshiba hdd password, use the password you entered into the BIOS.

There is a workaround whereby you use a program called "Morphix".
Details in the link - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mor...
but I'm unsure how it is used.


"HDD User Password and HDD Master Password: There are two levels of the HDD Password, the HDD User Password and the HDD master Password. If both levels of HDD Password have been registered, you can access the HDD by entering either of them. TOSHIBA Password Utility (TPU) only supports the HDD User Password. If you want to register both, open BIOS SETUP. If the HDD User Password has been registered, the HDD Master Password can not be registered."
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB6...


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