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New hard drive added. BIOS password?

By bugdro ·
Hello. My friend replaced is HD in his Sony VAIO desktop. He just put in a new Western Digital hard drive and when booting up, the computer recognizes the HD in BIOS, but the BIOS password box comes up. You can't move the selection behind the dialog to disable the password. I was wondering if there is a list of default passwords it automatically uses, or there is a way to disable it. No one set a password on that, and I have no clue as to why it comes up. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks
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May have to disassemble laptop and remove CMOS battery or jumper

by Why Me Worry? In reply to New hard drive added. BIO ...

That's how it works on desktops, but with laptops, it's easier said than done and can result in destruction of the unit if not done properly or carefully.

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Reset the BIOS

by netwrk_admn In reply to New hard drive added. BIO ...

Pull out your CMOS battery. Wait a few seconds and put it back in. You will lose any configuration that differs from default.

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No there are no lists of Default Passwords

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to New hard drive added. BIO ...

As this is something that has been added by the user so ask your friend for the BIOS Password.
If they didn't setup the BIOS Password ask your friend where they got the Desktop unit from and approach them for the BIOS Password.

If they are unwilling to give you the used Password you can then set about Clearing the BIOS as per the Details in the Destruction Manual and start over from scratch.

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