Solved Laptop password and hard drive security bypass.

June 10, 2012 at 00:19:41
Specs: Windows 7, 2.394 GHz / 6143 MB
First off NO I am not looking for help carcking any passwords. Recently my daughter that lives several states away now calls me and says she has this laptop that they don't use anymore and wants to know if I want it. I thought sure I'll play with it a bit. I'm not much of a laptop guy I like my desktop systems. I figure though maybe I can get a little learning done with it for my repair business.

A few days later it shows up via UPS. I called her to let her know it was here. She tells me they haven't used it in over a year and if I could would I send her back any pictures I find on it. I finally got around to messing with it the next day. Guess what. A system password, a hard drive lock password, and a login password. So I called her and she can't remember it's been so long. She rattled me off several things she thought might work but no dice.

Now I know the system password isn't a problem. And the login.......well if I can get that far I can get around that too. I am after all going to reformat anyway. Now the hard drive lock? This posed a big issue. I called HP and they basically said that I would have to replace the hard drive as the password for this was stored on a chip on the integrated board on the drive not in the cmos on the motherboard.

When I was ready to box it back up and call it spare parts the wife, that has the worst memory in the world, asked me what was wrong with it. After telling her she gives me the passwords she used when she got on it while visiting our daughter two years ago. Of course they were right.

Go figure.


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June 10, 2012 at 04:07:53
That must of annoyed you.

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June 10, 2012 at 05:58:57
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I really think that all those security measures are more trouble than they are worth. I personally don't store ANY personal information that I am worried about on any of my computers. I bought a laptop about 6 months ago. I am not using any passwords on it other than the Windows log in.

I guess if you used a laptop with company information on it then those features would be useful.

My wife works for Blue Cross and they have strong security on her laptop. Of course the same information is available on their servers too.

The average home user might be better off avoiding them for the above reasons.

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June 10, 2012 at 08:52:43

I had a password on one of our computers a few years back because of the kids. Not that I didn't want them accessing anything but so I could control when they got on. Four kids one computer and they were all to willing to forget they had homework.


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June 10, 2012 at 17:26:53
Boot EBCD will let you change the password to "Blank"

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June 12, 2012 at 14:54:31
The truth is i love cracking passwords, not long ago i cleared Win7 Admin password on Alienware Laptop. The owner refused to give the password so i can tweak it. I used 3MB image then boot from my 30GB external hard drive.

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