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04-May-2006, 06:57 PM #1
Hard Disk password???
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I have a Notebook, with a Fujitsu 80 Gb Hard Drive. turned it on, it asked me
for the Hard Drive Password. Why? I never set one!
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05-May-2006, 08:20 AM #2
Obviously, someone did. This is an anti-theft measure with some models of laptop hard disks. You'll need that password before you can proceed, and I know of no way to bypass it.

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Some laptops provide a utility to lock a hard disk with a password. These passwords are not the same as BIOS passwords. Moving a locked hard disk to another machine will not unlock it, since the hard disk password is stored in the hard disk firmware and moves with the hard disk. Also, adding a new (unlocked) hard disk to a locked machine may cause the new hard disk to become locked. Also, note that hard disk lock passwords cannot be removed by reformatting the disk, fdisk or any other software procedure (since the disk will not allow and reads or writes to the disk, it cannot be reformatted.) Usually, the BIOS password and hard disk lock passwords are set the same by a user and we can recover the BIOS password directly from the laptop security chip (after it is removed from the system board.) However, it is possible that the BIOS password and hard disk lock passwords may be set different. In this case the BIOS password will not unlock the hard disk. You can test to determine if your hard disk is locked by attempting to access it in another laptop.
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06-May-2006, 12:35 PM #3
Dell does this a lot, i hate them. hahaha.

Yes John is correct in this situation.
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17-May-2006, 11:25 AM #4
cant some bios passwords be removed by disconecting the battery from the proccessor?
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17-May-2006, 12:48 PM #5
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cant some bios passwords be removed by disconecting the battery from the proccessor?
In desktops you can take out the cmos battery to reset all setup passwords, if someone installed a 3rd party password program that is for your hard drive then you need to obtain the password.
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17-May-2006, 03:38 PM #6
The hard disk password we're talking about is internal to a laptop hard disk, there is no 3rd party program.
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17-May-2006, 03:39 PM #7
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cant some bios passwords be removed by disconecting the battery from the proccessor?
Not in laptops, either the BIOS PW or the hard disk password can not be removed that way.
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