I was checking out my BIOS settings and I saw that it had hdd, master and user passwords so I decided to set them. My cousin then tried to log in but he didnt know the password so he tried a couple of things. Now I didnt know that you only get three tries to get the hdd password right or else it locks itself. I unlocked the BIOS passwords with PC CMOS but I haven't found a way to unlock the hdd password. When I press f2 and f12 at boot it still asks me for a password. I want to remove the hdd password without having to loose any files from my hard drive. Anybody solutions?
Answer by Compucore · Aug 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The uickest way of removing it is to just clear the bios itself. By removing thebatery itself for about 30 seconds. Or by using a set of jumpers as well that is on the motherboard. If all else fails you might be up the creek without a paddle. I have ran into a similar proble where they had put a password for the hard drive. And couldn't get it removed outa there. Since there is a copy of it on the master boot record as well as one being stored in the firmware of the hard drive controller. Which in that case it's been hooched. Since you would need some speciality equipment to undo it that way. And those are expensive like the dickens and are only used for data recovery situations.
Answer by jadtechnic · Aug 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
need to pull the cmos battery for a bit this will cause everything to be forgotten in flash memory , how ever this is not something I recomend , how ever the tech says if your getting into bios the HDD is not locked ..
if what you cant get into is recovery try makeing a windows recovery disk to enter the recovery partition , this is what sound more likely you are locked out of the recovery partition not the hard drive , or it could be that the recovery partition has been damaged ..
beyond this all you can do is completely format all partitions and re install everything from scratch from CD ,even going to the manufacturers site and getting any bio updates
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Aug 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Check you BIOS settings and make sure plug and play OS says yes beside it. Get back into your startup options and chose command line. When it asks for the password type in the master password. If it gives you access type exit and let it reboot. From there it should be back to the the way it was before.
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