I cleared one of these recently by guesswork...since I knew the little s*d responsible was being malicious I tries all the swear words I could think of (a surprisingly long list I am ashamed to admit) and found it was "go forth and fornicate" or words to that effect
Apart from luck the only way I could find online was some hardware that does a brute force password hack...or companies that charge for doing it for you.
Can we save the fight for superiority until after somebody has solved the problem?
OP: I've never come across this problem myself but if you're just looking to regain access to the HDD and aren't worried about retrieving anything from it, you could try popping it in to another machine and formatting it. It's a long shot but there doesn't seem like there's much to lose...
montycv3 (10th December 2010)
Had this issue myself with a Dell machine.
Only way I found round it was to ring their support - they asked for the service tag and that I could identify the address that it was registered to and they gave me an unlock code.
I think some of the passwords that can be applied to sata hdd's cannot be cleared. When they are setup you get the option to set a supervisor password and a user password (a lot like a lot of bios's) and certainly on the ones we setup you get a lot of warnings saying dont loose the password, it isn't recoverable! Obviously as it wasn't you that set these, you wont know either password.
You're best bet is to 'extract' the password from thechildren!
youve all been a great help, thanks and fair play to hightower and a thank you to losojos for quashing it before it got out of hand. some people..
in response to "extracting" the password from the children unfortunately we dont know the kid in question but if would be hilarious to scare the living sh*t out of them in front of the head and his parents.. oh if only...
Did anyone work out how to do this?
I have 2 Acer laptops with HDD passwords that I can't do anything with.
no sorry just bought a job lot of second hand ones in the end mate,
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)