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By flalenpeel ·
i bought a hard disk off f---in e-bay because im a cheap *** and its password protected. I cant get any help from the seller.The computer is a dell latitude C600 -IBM Travelstar 20.gig. could anyone offer me some ideas on how to get aroud the password.I dont want any files off of it I just want to wipe it and reinstall my op. system

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by nazil dsouza In reply to help!!!

try formatting it thru partition magic or any partition software it should wipe out the data if not let me know and i think even a deleting all the partition in it will help u out

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by 3xp3rt In reply to help!!!

I don?t understand. Your Bios is password protected or your HDD?
If the problem is the BIOS, you have two solutions.
1. On the motherboard you must have near the battery some jumpers, with CMOS clear function.
2. If you are not sure about the jumpers, remove your battery for a while and the result is a cleared CMOS.

If the HDD is protected with password, is other story.
Probably the first solution resolves your problem. If not, you run fdisk utility and recreate the partitions.

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by SystemsAdmin In reply to help!!!

You could download a a program called Darik's Boot & Nuke available from http://dban.sourceforge.net/
it permanantley removes everything from the drive.

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the problem is that the computer isnt reading the hard drive without the password "hard disk 0 not present"

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by hozcanhan In reply to help!!!

cool off peel . stop cursing yourself ! A Dell - IBM Travelstar ..himmm . A weird "melange " . Anyway , remove the batteries on the motherboard or desolder one pin for the bios to "forget" the paaword . Wait for 2 hours , resolder or put back the batts . Brand new bios start ! For the disk , go into the bios and do a auto detect. Format the thing if bios has it or boot with a dos diskette even(with format command ) and format the drive . And don't buy from e-shi.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to help!!!

Well firstly I've found from experience that what is sold on E Bay generally is nearly as expensive as new hardware but if it's just the HDD that you need to wipe you can use a Boot Floppy from a 95 on wards or a Boot CD to perform a FDISK of the HDD but I would recommend using a wiping utility like the one described above to write 0 to every sector so you will not run into any possibility of having existing data adversely affect your new installation.

Now as you have a NB which is not supported by Dell it makes things a bit more difficult to clear any BIOS passwords but what you basically need to do is wipe the BIOS by removing the power to the CMOS chip so you'll need to unplug it from the mains remove the battery pack and then disconnect any CMOS battery that is attached.

Being a NB there may be what is called a "Smart Socket" involved here where the CMOS chip plugs straight into a self powered socket which holds the CMOS instructions when the unit is turned off. To clear the BIOS you'll need to remove the CMOS chip from this socket but as they are a more expensive option you will most likely find some form of battery attached which you can disconnect leave disconnected for at least 30 seconds and then refit and power up you should then get a BIOS Error message that will mean that you have to go into the BIOS and reset things you can get away with just setting the time & date for a starting point and then you should be able to load the system up like a new one.

Once you have this done you can then go back into the BIOS and make any changes that you need to, to speed up the system to enable ports or other hardware that you need.

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