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Stu
02-17-2010, 03:23 PM
I had a client drop off a laptop today, he has inadvertantly enabled a HDD password on his laptop throught the BIOS. He has no idea what it is, and none of his regular passwords work. This is the first time I have seen this issue and I was wondering what my options are?

NYJimbo
02-17-2010, 03:25 PM
Some characters on ebay seem to have a good reputation with solving this, for a price. You might want to check it out and then add some $$ to it and charge the customer.

lgtechcomputers
02-17-2010, 05:04 PM
I don't do a lot of laptop repairs, and I have not needed to do this before, but is this not something you could reset by resetting bios?

Please post back if it works...I'll add it to my list.

Also these are tools to reset bios psswd.
http://www.syschat.com/download120.html
http://www.syschat.com/download121.html

Dave
02-17-2010, 05:11 PM
I don't do a lot of laptop repairs, and I have not needed to do this before, but is this not something you could reset by resetting bios?

Please post back if it works...I'll add it to my list.

Also these are tools to reset bios psswd.
http://www.syschat.com/download120.html
http://www.syschat.com/download121.html

I think once a password is set there is no real way of removing it. If I remember correctly there was a similar thread on here in late 2009, and as far as I know they tried almost everything to remove it with no luck. I might be wrong though. But HDD passwords are there for a reason.

usacvlr
02-17-2010, 05:15 PM
What brand is the system.

I had a client drop off a laptop today, he has inadvertantly enabled a HDD password on his laptop throught the BIOS. He has no idea what it is, and none of his regular passwords work. This is the first time I have seen this issue and I was wondering what my options are?

iisjman07
02-17-2010, 07:13 PM
I think this is one of those things that only the FBI know, doing things like shorting the circuit, etc...

MobileTechie
02-17-2010, 07:34 PM
Try http://www.hddunlock.com/

NYJimbo
02-17-2010, 07:35 PM
I think this is one of those things that only the FBI know, doing things like shorting the circuit, etc...

No, there are people out there with access to legitimate programs that can tell you the passwords for the HDD. I know because I have used a couple of them. Typically its only for a few brands and models or a specific run of hard drives and its something in the HDD, not the BIOS.

As I said, Ebay has a few of these guys, some with good standing from happy customers. Just throwing that out there.......

iisjman07
02-17-2010, 07:37 PM
Ebay has a few of these guys

What surprises me is that they're not plastered all over the net. Once I found a keygen for a Dell Latitude (just once specific model) but other than that nothing. It would be really useful to have one sure fire way, as this is probably one of the few things I can't do... BIOS passwords are less of an issue, but HDD passwords are bi-yatches.

lgtechcomputers
02-17-2010, 10:54 PM
Try http://www.hddunlock.com/

This looks like it might work! Please post back with results and let us know if you used this.

Ciaran
02-17-2010, 11:06 PM
I'm sure it will work but it will also erase the data on the hard drive:

While unlocking, HDD Unlock Wizard will erase and re-certify the drive.

This is the one to get rid of the password and keep your data:

http://www.hdd-tools.com/products/rrs/

A good bit more expensive I'm sure it would be worth it to the client to keep his data

OnSiteSolutions
02-18-2010, 02:14 AM
I recently had this same issue. I was able to get an unlock code from Rahim Daud for 10$ paypal. The site is http://www.acersnoop.co.cc/.
My thread about the problem is here -http://www.technibble.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12903

He will be able to give you a master ata password based on the system hash found in the bios.

This is th only way to unlock and save the data.

B Trevathan
02-18-2010, 08:30 AM
@OnSiteSolutions

I still don't understand why they aren't charging more. With everybody else charging so much.
I keep remembering that old saying "if it sounds to good to be true". But if it worked.
Maybe they will write some kind of program that you can download and run to unlock the HD

My post to your thread: http://www.technibble.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12903 I have been able to find or bypass most types of passwords but from what I have read about this hard disk password problem is right now it is basically impossible to fix unless you pay someone a lot to find it for you, AFF Repair Station from hhdunlock.com wants 49.95 for 1 recovery, if you use their regular program and not the repair station it will erase your data. It is hard to believe that someone is doing it for only 10.00 why aren't they charging more.

Most computer manufacturers won't help you because they will think you stole the computer and you will have to prove ownership of the computer. So beware if you buy a used computer and the hard drive locks on you and you want the manufacturers help you will have to have the ownership transfer to you from the person you bought it from

From what I've found out so far about the hdd password is it can't be reset by clearing the CMOS by using the jumpers or removing the battery or by jumping the pins on the 24C02 chip on the motherboard or by updating the BIOS. If you salve the drive it will still be locked, you can't access it with a boot or recovery CD and you can't format the drive. The drive has to be in the computer that it was lock in for it to be unlocked.

Most laptops now and some newer desktops have the ability to set a hard drive password. The password is stored in the drives firmware. The password may or may not be encrypted in the firmware. Now I am wondering if you use one of the programs that reads the drives firmware can you see the password and also I was wondering if you did a firmware update on the drive would it erase the password?

iisjman07
02-18-2010, 10:59 AM
The drive has to be in the computer that it was lock in for it to be unlocked.

Really? I didn't know this, might come in useful one day :rolleyes:

dakotadan
05-09-2010, 02:31 AM
I'd pay $10 just to see them do it. I'll take a 64bit system, password the HDD and we'll see. Will give another $3.33 for each of the following 1. If all data is saved 2. HDD fully functional and unlocked 3. tell me the password I used. I'd have to see it to believe it.

gabak
05-09-2010, 04:01 AM
get hirens cd it has something for that.
version 10 is good

PcTek9
05-09-2010, 04:04 AM
I think there is a cd in the technicians cd list (bryce wrote a big article about the cd list at some point in time) anyway. The cd list has a cd that will do this... Further I believe I may have written an article on this very thing, search for "multiunlocker".

morr
05-09-2010, 08:16 AM
What brand is the system.


I had this issue on a Dell recently, and their tech support was able to generate a master password based on the service tag and model etc of the machine.
Entering this supplied master password not only allowed access to the system (HDD) but also removed the previously set password.

NeutronTech
05-09-2010, 09:53 AM
I recently did a job for the US Army base nearby. They have 7 laptops come in for refurbishing though the HD wasn't locked, the BIOS was. Fortunately they were latitudes and they carry lifetime phone support. I hit up the chat and gave them all the service tags and he gave me reset passwords for them. Also, since latitudes are business machines, you only have to know the company name in order to get support. Inspirons and other home class machines have a limited warranty and require that you know the name, address, and phone number of who registered the machine.

PcTek9
05-09-2010, 09:08 PM
Stu,
I still highly encourage you to look for a software on this very site in the large cd list called "MultiUnlocker". I was able to get back into my drive with it. ;) It is probably in the large cd list in the TEO.

Stu, the tool he is talking about being on HIRENS cd is known as MHDD or Victoria. Both are russian softwares but they are freeware. My only caution to you with those is that they are fairly complicated.

I think anybody using MHDD or Victoria need to understand a great deal about the MBR, the manufacturer's protected space on the drive for firmware updates, and quite a bit of other low-level drive information. You can totally wreck a drive using MHDD or Victoria if you do not take the time to read the manual. Only problem... They're in Cyrillic alphabet and in the russian language. I started translating them, but never got around to finishing them.

Perhaps if there is any interest, I will finish that project sooner.

rahimhd
08-18-2010, 06:52 PM
I'd pay $10 just to see them do it. I'll take a 64bit system, password the HDD and we'll see. Will give another $3.33 for each of the following 1. If all data is saved 2. HDD fully functional and unlocked 3. tell me the password I used. I'd have to see it to believe it.

OMG... no more $10. Bios is $10 now. HDD pass will cost $20 (customers complaint that $10 too cheap and cheap = fake services. Dont know why they dont believe in cheap services that works!)