un write protecting a hard drive

April 5, 2011 at 12:01:25
Specs: Windows XP
I have an HP slimline my kid found and I have finally been able to diagnose the root of its evil. Who ever left it to rot write protected the dang hard drive. Can undo this synister act I am currently at the x:\sources> black screen and have not been clever enough to beat the devil. Please help

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#1
April 5, 2011 at 12:35:32
How is it a sinister act? Out of curiosity where did your son 'find' the PC? In any event, you can format & do a clean install. Try F11 in case there is a recovery partition.

I found a PC once. I booted it & 20 new emails arrived, automatically.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
April 5, 2011 at 14:08:48
he found in in abandoned control looking station, its synister cause its causing me a mygraine and I'm way past f11 and am in the command screen. so all that being said any suggestions

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#3
April 5, 2011 at 16:05:17
I'm sorry that it's giving you a headache. I might have been part of the problem. Try F10 instead.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#4
April 5, 2011 at 20:35:16
Out of curiosity was there or is there a bios password??

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#5
April 5, 2011 at 20:48:11
After reading all of your posts I am still not sure this hard drive exists and if by chance it does you most certainly do not have access to it in anyway but to physically touch it as it is not recognized in your bios. Until it becomes recognized you can not un encrypt or write protect or do anything else computer relaited. According to this post http://www.computing.net/answers/ha... the only drive this computer sees is the cd/dvd combo drive. Has this changed and if so how? At best the hard drive is not connected properly from what you have given us so far. " he found in in abandoned control looking station" This sounds like some sort of business to me and most do not want their files left to the public. The easiest way to do this is to remove the hard drive.

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