Forgot Windows 7 safe mode password for laptop

July 2, 2012 at 14:01:31
Specs: Windows 7 & XP, intel core 2 quad 2.6/2.8 (one of the two i think) / 6 gigs
I guess my situation is the exact reason why one should back up information often.
I have forgotten my safe mode password for my laptop. I havent used it in a while and cant remember any of the passwords on it. It only has one user and I can easily enter the Bios but dont know of any way of using it to reset user passwords if there even is a way. I was told my only solution is to re-install OS but that is not an option as i NEED the information stored on that hard drive (I know i should have made a backup, doh).
I have heard mention of using a second hard drive to reset passwords on the first and it just so happened i had a spare one, so I attached it and came across another issue...
My original hard drive is using 7 where as the one i added is XP I have no way of changing the new harddrives OS short of buying another copy of 7 (kinda poor) :/
I dont know if the different OS situation is an issue when relating to my problem as the hardrive recognize each other and I can access files from my original hardrive through my XP hard drive. problem is I have no where to move that data to, thus need to find a way of making that hard drive usable again without losing the info.
I also do not know if password reset programmes run from one hard drive can effect the other.
I am working on borrowing a friends external hard drive to temporarily copy the files to, but it could take months before I can get my hands on it (overseas friend + must move his data off it to make room, also actively using it at the moment so i have to wait).
Sorry I know, a bit wordy. So to sum up my issues:
-safe mode admin pass forgotten
-have second hardrive but is running xp and not 7 like the current
-need way to reset passwords on original hard drive
-I am a fail at computing :(
(Don't expect anyone to fix that last one)

I am using what resources I can here (know a lot of tech loving people), but I figure if I am gonna get a possible solution I had best ask online too. Thanks ahead of time for your suggestions.


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#1
July 2, 2012 at 14:09:11
If you have access to another computer, buy a hard drive caddy from a computer store, take out the hard drive from your laptop, put it in the caddy, connect the caddy via usb to the other computer, and you should be able to access your files by going on users then going on you account's documents and copy them on to the computer.

Tell me if any of that didn't make sense.

A caddy or hard drive caddy is like a usb enclosure external hard drives use except you can put your own in.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
July 2, 2012 at 14:14:44
your suggestion is very sound and would have been the approach i would have taken from the start, but unfortunately I do not have access to another computer with enough free space on it (400gb I know not that much but like i said before im poor) Thanks for the advice anyway :) maybe I can find a friend with the free space for a temp transfer I will give that a look.

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#3
July 2, 2012 at 14:14:45
not to be rude...BUT...yet another verse in the book I'm writing...excuses for forgetting passwords...getting near publication...LOL
Unfortunately we don't know if you rightfully own the laptop and we DON'T help in cracking passwords in this forum...sorry...

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#4
July 2, 2012 at 14:20:58
Reading over my post again I can see what you mean. I dont believe there is any way I can really prove its my own laptop considering i forgot the most important password on it :/ ah well thanks for the help anyway. If i do figure out a way though should I still post up the solution or is that not a good idea?

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#5
July 2, 2012 at 14:27:47
ONLY if it doesn't include hacking or anything like that.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#6
July 2, 2012 at 14:30:41
understood :) until then I guess wish me luck

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#7
July 2, 2012 at 20:05:38
Do you have any installation/restore disks for the laptop in question?

If so, you could use the other hard drive internally and use the disks to install Windows 7 to the second drive. This assumes the other drive is compatible.

Then either get a caddy or better yet product linked below to access the original hard drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#8
July 2, 2012 at 20:43:49
Safe mode admin is the same as the normal admin user password.

Hang up and live.


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#9
July 2, 2012 at 21:05:53
Yep. Must be talking recovery console not safe mode.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
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#10
July 3, 2012 at 06:55:59
the problem is i dont remember the admin user pass :( I had stopped using the laptop in favor of a comp i built almost a year ago. Now I am moving country and had to fedex said comp over there so I have no computer besides the laptop and the really weak mac im typing on now.

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#11
July 4, 2012 at 08:33:31
I've got good news and bad news. good news is I managed to get into the hard drive and finally get past my password issue. bad news I had to do it to hacking myself self, so I can't tell you how I did it is that would just not be right, but afterwards I did hear something about turning the locked drive to a slave drive to be able to deal with the password. I'm not sure if that would be considered similar to hacking but if not then it might be something worth looking into if you have a similar problem as I did. considering the fact that I did not find a responsible way of getting through it would it be ideal to have this thread removed?

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#12
July 4, 2012 at 17:43:26
#7 above states that you can recover files by connecting the original drive as a secondary. That is NOT hacking, as you are not using a password at all.

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