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Cracking a HD Password

By wmillerv ·
I am trying to crack a password a student assigned to the hard drive on a Gateway 450 ROG. Tried the battery tricks and prayer wasn't that successful either. Any suggestions?

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by gralfus In reply to Cracking a HD Password

I'm not sure what a hard drive password means, do you mean a BIOS password? The user manual for that notebook says that you have to return it for service to have the BIOS password reset. The specs do mention a hard drive password, but the user manual doesn't talk about troubleshooting it.

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by dmiles In reply to Cracking a HD Password

Most laptop manufacturers have provided additional safeguards for their computers. We are not aware of any simple BIOS recovery program that works on laptops, nor are we aware of any simple backdoor passwords for these machines. BIOS passwords in most laptops are stored in a special chip on the motherboard and the only way to bypass this password is to replace this laptop security chip. Laptop BIOS passwords cannot be bypassed or reset by removing or shorting the CMOS battery. Further, doing this may cause other system errors and complicate the recovery or your system.

We offer a full-range of replacement laptop security chips. These chips will allow you to bypass the laptop BIOS password. Note that these chips will require soldering on the system board (a hot air soldering kit is also available.) Since these chips store the laptop BIOS passwords, replacing the laptop security chip will remove the BIOS password. However, if a hard disk lock password has been set, it will remain. Passwords can be recovered from the original chip removed from the system board using our Password Recovery Service (PRS) for an additional fee. Since the BIOS password and hard disk lock passwords are usually the same, recovering the BIOS password from the old chip may allow you to access the hard disk. However, this is not guaranteed, since these passwords can be set independently. All replacement chips include detailed instructions. Password Crackers, Inc. cannot take any responsibility for damage to system boards, computers or data. More information about our security chips and our chip password recovery service are available on our security chips page.

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by wlbowers In reply to Cracking a HD Password

I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the drive manufacturers will not remove a password.

The good news is there is a company that has a device that will remove a hard drive password. The problem is that it cost over $1500.00.

Be glad it is only the hard drive.


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by OTL In reply to Cracking a HD Password

Boot off a bootable floppy/CD, this should put you at A:> then type;

DIR/S C >> <a text file name>

edit the text file and search for all PWL (password lists) filename extensions.
Systematically go through each directory that has a .PWL file and delete these (you may need to use attrib -h -r -s *.pwl to be able to delete these), this should clear out the password for the HD and ALL other passwords currently stored for the OS.

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by jwright In reply to Cracking a HD Password

Sorry, The BIOS password has nothing to do with the harddrive password. Laptops are built so that a password can be set in an EEPROM on the harddrive itself. It does NOT allow the user to boot from a floppy, so that remedy is out.

I am told that you can power up the HDD, and then short out two pins on the EEPROM marked J11 and J15, after which you shut off the power, reboot with a floppy and you can FDISK the drive then.

I haven't tried this yet, but that is what some research has come up with.

There is another solution at

But I can't verify that either.


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