Solved how do i reset a HDD password for a gateway solo windows 98

Gateway / Solo pro 9300
April 28, 2016 at 22:46:05
Specs: Windows 98, Pentium III/64K
A guy gave me a legacy machine, 6gb hd, 64k ram, it has all the old swap out cd, floppy drives, networking cards and zircom cards, etc. My desire is to get into the machine to read some of the 200 3 1/4in floppy disks that I used in one of the first digital cameras on the market. I took a lot of pictures in the Navy. Anyway it is a laptop Gateway Solo Pro 9300, Dell Machine, Windows 98,Pentium III 600Mhz. The warranty start date was 11/10/00....would make a great legacy machine because it has a super drive I can swap out for the floppy drive as well.
Thank you, James S

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#1
April 29, 2016 at 07:38:42
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You can't reset a password unless you know what the existing password is, so you'll have to ask the guy who gave you the machine.

We definitely won't show how to circumvent password requirement, wouldn't be ethical to do that.

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#2
April 29, 2016 at 08:13:52
Search for and delete any and all *.PWL files (probably in the \WINDOWS or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder, it's been a while since I had to do this) from the system. Files should be named for the User Name, i.e. "username.pwl"

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/1...
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

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#3
April 29, 2016 at 09:15:05
LoneCrusader - the OP asked about the hard drive password, not Windows password.

jhspriggs - is this what you're seeing? If it is, there's no way around it...you must know the password.

Primary HDD Password exists
Enter Primary HDD password [______].


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#4
April 29, 2016 at 13:03:14
I am not reading anything about a hard drive password. SDD MAY be that, but no way should a Win98 machine have a Solid State Drive, which I think riider may have thought the computer has.

jh, I suspect the CMOS battery is dead because of the date you are reading. Change the battery.

Have you simply tried hitting enter when prompted for a Windows password? If the password in question is NOT a Windows 98 password then please clarify.


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#5
April 30, 2016 at 09:53:29
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"I am not reading anything about a hard drive password"
Title seems to say that, if that's what you mean:
"how do i reset a HDD password"

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
April 30, 2016 at 11:51:09
Derek, Perhaps I am dense but What is SDD?

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#7
April 30, 2016 at 11:55:55
You mention 3 1/4" floppy disks from an old digital camera. Regular computer floppy disks are 3 1/2". I don't know if you're mistaken about the size or if they're proprietary disks just for that camera. It's also possible if they are 3 1/2" they may be formatted in a way windows doesn't recognize since they were made for use in the camera.

As already mentioned we need more info about the password. I wouldn't think a computer that old would use a hard drive password but it could be a windows password or bios boot password.


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#8
April 30, 2016 at 12:30:40
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SDD - never heard of it. Typo for HDD maybe?

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#9
April 30, 2016 at 22:55:29
SDD is a complex error in misunderstanding repeatedly misquoted until it no longer looks anything like it started out to be.

He said super drive - he meant to say Super Disk which is a LS 120 Super Disk floppy drive option for this model that barely worked right when NEW. I consider it about the largest non-event that ever happened. Who was he going to trade these floppies with?

He also said Dell Machine - it's Gateway. Now it might have a Dell sticker on it but who's fault is that? An actual legacy machine would have 98 drivers for it and this one didn't ever have those. XP yes, 98 no.

I have an old Sony camera that uses standard floppies, they are in/out readable with any decent 3.5 floppy drive. It even sets up an html page to view the .jpg pictures with on the floppy. Resolution stinks of course.

It's a BIOS password deal with possible dual/default Gateway password but you'll need to send it in to have it cleared back to none state if you don't want to spend you days playing guessing games like 9300Pro or 9300PRO or PASSWORD or... Or one can try to remove the CMOS battery and the main battery overnight and even throw a hard drive at it if those two don't work. Some say it can't be done, others say I did it.

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#10
May 1, 2016 at 08:11:07
Still don't see where the OP states they are up against a hard drive password. I also thought the SDD MAY have referred to the Super drive.

If the original poster ever comes back maybe we will finally know which password is needed.


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#11
May 1, 2016 at 08:29:47
Agreed. The text part of the original post doesn't mention it.

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#12
May 1, 2016 at 09:50:51
Well the OP probably has moved on and hasn't the courtesy to post back.

Probably truly is a hard drive password, in that case.

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#13
May 1, 2016 at 10:39:21
"Still don't see where the OP states they are up against a hard drive password"

It's in the title of the post: how do i reset a HDD password for a gateway solo windows 98. But in the tags it says "SDD password"? At 1st I thought it was a typo for SSD, but melee5 thinks he meant Super Disk Drive. I did a quick search & one of the only digital cameras I could find that used SDD was the Panasonic PV-SD4090.

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Panason...

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#14
May 2, 2016 at 05:30:23
riider, I do understand what the OP said. They also called the brand, both a Gateway and a Dell. That led me to think there may be something else going on instead of a hard drive password.

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