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Hardware Thread, Password Protected HDD's in Technical; I cleared one of these recently by guesswork...since I knew the little s*d responsible was being malicious I tries all ...
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montycv3 View Post
    its an acer aspire 3690. it is prior to OS loading as the OS is stored on the HDD, is it not?

    as soon as it clears the Acer "powering on" screen it demands the HDD password.
    That's a novelty an OS stored on a HD.

    I'll leave you to it you obviously don't need my help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    That's a novelty an OS stored on a HD.

    I'll leave you to it you obviously don't need my help.
    No need to be sharp. The OP clearly stated he needed to overcome a HDD password, and yet plenty of you all tried to tell him/her that it was a BIOS setup password he was having trouble with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    No need to be sharp. The OP clearly stated he needed to overcome a HDD password, and yet plenty of you all tried to tell him/her that it was a BIOS setup password he was having trouble with.
    And who made you his spokesperson? Stick to your own thread and stop interfering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    And who made you his spokesperson? Stick to your own thread and stop interfering.
    And there was me wondering why your rep bar was a nice little red square......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    And there was me wondering why your rep bar was a nice little red square......
    Only two things I could say to that but why bother life's to short move on

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    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...

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    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.

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    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!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    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!

    Steve
    Call Parents in - Get Parents and Kid + Person from SMT in a meeting and that should make said kid(s) give up said passwords.

    Short of that it will be a paid service as per above ref the likes of hddunlock dot com or other companies who do or offer a similar service

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    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..

    Thanks guys

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    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...

    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by montycv3 View Post
    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..

    Thanks guys
    Yeah I agree some people

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    Did anyone work out how to do this?

    I have 2 Acer laptops with HDD passwords that I can't do anything with.

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    no sorry just bought a job lot of second hand ones in the end mate,

    sorry

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