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Locked HDD

By Zepployd ·
I have gotten into the BIOS, but the laptop that i am currently working on has a hard drive that is locked. I have tried just about every program and I cant get this computer to work. Any suggestions?

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How is it locked?

by jdmercha In reply to Locked HDD

Phsyically locked, or locked with a password that you don't have?

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Locked HDD

by Rustys In reply to Locked HDD

What has been tried?
Is the BIOS reading a drive there?
Have you tried putting the HDD into another system to see if it can be accessed there?

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Yes... And No

by NetForce.TX In reply to Locked HDD

Most likely the unit he is speaking of is a Dell Laptop, or other manf. who has a HD password lock setting in BIOS.

My searches over the years have not found any aftermarket software that can remove the lock.
Dell used to give its certified techs access to a couple of in-house tools that can unlock the drive... but the only ones Ive seen floating around only work on older units and are based on the serial number of the unit or the hard drive.

If it is a Dell, and you have legal ownership of the unit, contact their tech support. They have the ability to give you a code to unlock the drive.

Putting the drive in another unit will not work either. The drive is actually locked at the daughterboard level of the drive.

Good luck!

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simaler problem

by HansMassage In reply to Yes... And No

I have a NEC VERSA SX with a S.M.A.R.T. status bad notafication. I purchaed a used hard drive but I can not get it to format. It is recognized by the BIOS and by windows 98 & XP hardware profile and KD but I can not get it to be recognized on the desk top or be formated. It just comes up as an undivided partition with the cearial number of the disc and # of bites.
any suggestions

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by Zepployd In reply to simaler problem

The hard drive is password protected.

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Out of luck

by jdmercha In reply to Password

You need the password. Bring it back where you got it from.

On some machines you cannot even install another dirve. Both laptop and drive are useless unless you have the password.

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by bappy-m In reply to Password

hi how r u.i no how to open bius password.

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Similar Issue

by amin_nawfal In reply to password

I am having a similar issue with my IBM TP R40. I bought it used and it turns out that the HDD had a password set. I was working on DOS and i suddenly received a blue screen (IBM common issue). I forced a restart on the machine and then it started to get LOCKED HDD on startup. It is different than BIOS password.
Any help or suggestions??

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by jdmercha In reply to Yes... And No

This 'feature' also exists on IBM and Toshiba laptops. Supposedly, if the laptop is stolen the HDD will not work on any other laptop and no other HDD will work on the original laptop either.

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