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Dell Latitude - forgot the HDD password

By vasilelucaciu ·
Hi,

My wife has modified the HDD password on she's Dell Latitude CPx Laptot and does not know it anymore. Is there a method to reset it . I have all Bios Password : Primary password, Admin Password, Configure Setup (BIOS version is A08).
Thank you for help

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HHD password

by da07228 In reply to Dell Latitude - forgot t ...

Seems to me that if you login using the Admin Password, you'll be able to change or remove the HDD password. If not loggin using the Admin Password and remove the Admin Password, then you should be able to reset.

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HDD Password

by vasilelucaciu In reply to HHD password

Thak you for replay. It is not possible to remove or reset the HDD password even if i know all bios passwords. I have to call DELL but i need the laptop asap , furthermore I think the HDD is not the original one so not sure if DELL can help here.
Thank you again for help

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this might help you

by bgates In reply to HDD Password

There are a couple of sites that offer programs and other info for getting around Dell passwrod issues.
http://www.pcdoc.bz/service/dell.htm
or
http://www.theonlypcdoctor.com/dell/dell-prod.htm

these two sites have a lot of info available to get it working for you.

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You now have a paperweight

by BobHo In reply to Dell Latitude - forgot t ...

If the Admin password does not allow you access to the drive then you MUST have the hdd password. Even if you put the drive in another pc you won't have access to it (a hdd password is encoded on the disk). You can't even format it and use it again.

There are some companies that claim to be able to recover hdd passwords and data but they are very expensive and do no guarantee their work. If you really need the data do a search on the net and pick one out.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Doc.

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There are programs

by zlitocook In reply to You now have a paperweigh ...

That can access and clean any drive. As long as it is a good drive. I use two programs that use ether Dr Dos or a low level format. It will clean and allow you to reuse the drive. There is a way around almost every thing and I have had to use most of them in the contracting jobs that I have had.
You can try Bartpe to boot and fix things or Kopix not sure if the the proper way to say it but it can do wonders.

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Programs

by vasilelucaciu In reply to There are programs

Thank you for help. Can you please indicate some programs, just in case Dell not able to help (the problem is the HDD seems to be not the original one delevered with the laptop)

Thanks

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Bartpe

by zlitocook In reply to Programs

Is a great tech utility that can access any Windows O/S, like XP,2000 OR ME. It boots to it's own on CD O/s and let's you fix any problem.

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There may be a solution here

by bgates In reply to You now have a paperweigh ...

There are a couple of sites that offer programs and other info for getting around Dell passwrod issues.
http://www.pcdoc.bz/service/dell.htm
or
http://www.theonlypcdoctor.com/dell/dell-prod.htm

these two sites have a lot of info available to get it working for you.

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Dell Password

by mr_plainkey In reply to There may be a solution h ...

I think it?s better to take the original one and no bad copy

The only original is available at http://www.dellpassword.net.ms/ all other sell fakes.

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WAIT!!! ERD Commander 2002 and HDD Password Protection 3.0 can help

by bubbaonthenet In reply to Dell Latitude - forgot t ...

It is expensive but how important is your Data? Here is what it does: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,57950,00.asp

I have not tried installing this utility on to a PC then slaving the protected Disk but it also may be worth a shot: http://www.finaldownload.com/utilities_security_encryption_hdd_password_protection.html

You can add/remove HDD Protection using this. I do not know how effective it is with removing the Dell HDD Password but it is affordable enough to give it a try.

Another low tech and cheaper way of recovering files when you do not know the password to the OS is to take out the hard drive, put it on another machine which has NTFS (like your desktop.)

This is effective when you do not know the OS password only. You can buy latptop hard drive adapters for like $10 and put them on a regular IDE Cable (like the kind in your Desktop.)

Using the Desktop you are now able to set security on the disk by taking OWNERSHIP over the disk (which replaces all security to the disk.)

::note it does not remove the internal password from protected files like Word Documents and Excel Spreadsheets::

After your Desktop finishes taking over OWNERSHIP of the new hard drive you are able to browse your wife's disk's contents. Hopefully she erased the stuff about that one crazy weekend with the Case of Wiskey, Donkey and the Priest --kidding.

If that fails, there is another way: http://qasimtoep.tripod.com/dell/dell.html

RELAX AND NOTHING IS LOST, JUST REALLY SECURE FOR NOW. [Mike Dupris]

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