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ok how the h___l did this happen

By HThammond ·
i was working on my wince .net project trying to up date it throw ifr when i gave up after 2 hours of trying i shut down my laptop this morning wake up going to try again and i got a hdd master password #L13T36196VE-5958 its asking me for i never set one first it was admin password got that fixed now this whats up. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN AND HOW DO I FIX IT

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Does someone else have access

by w2ktechman In reply to ok how the h___l did this ...

to your system?

If not, then it must have been setup when the BIOS PW was set. Often when adding an BIOS or User PW, it will prompt for an admin PW as well. This is a drive lock security feature.

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i live with my mom she knows zp

by HThammond In reply to Does someone else have ac ...

WHEN IT COMES TO PC SHE ALMOST DONT KNOW HOW TO TURN ONE ON SO SHE SAYS. i didn't set up a hdd password . the dam thing evan when set to start up off disk if i have the hdd plugged in it over rides the bios command boot up disk 1,2 and theard position makes no sence

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Well

by The Scummy One In reply to i live with my mom she kn ...

what happens if you dont put in a pw and just press enter?

Another thought is to contact the manufacturer of the comp, maybe they can help get by it.

But if you didnt set a PW, and nobody else did, then Casper is the last one that could have. What did you do to **** off Casper, he is usually a friendly ghost (but dont for a moment beleive that he wont do harm)???

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casper

by HThammond In reply to Well

you know thats the secound time that not so friendly ghost got me ! SO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS ? yA THATS RIGHT ITS TIME TO CALL IN THE GOST BUSTERS AND SEE IF WE CANT CATCH US A NOT SO FRIENDLY GHOST CASPER!

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HDD Failure on some drives

by kelly.oneal In reply to casper

Some laptop computers (such as my old, ridiculously defective Toshiba 6100 SatPRo) will ask for a HDD Password after the drive fails. It appears that the drive is unreadable and the BIOS interprets this as drive encryption. I had this happen with my 6100, and the drive was a total loss (Sorry to break bad news...). This might be the case if you were running a drive intensive app and had a power spike or outage in the night.
Before mucking with trying to boot the computer too often, you might consider the freezer trick with your hard drive- by chilling the drive in a freezer, it is sometimes possible to get one last read from a failing drive while it is cold. (This really works! Search Techrepublic!) Best to back up any critical data if you get that one boot, you might not get it to work again.

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