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    Password Protected Hard Drive

    I have a Dell, which died the other day (mup.sys), all I have to do to recover the HD (a western digital) is run chkdsk /r from the recovery console...... except.......

    One of the little "baby hens" has passworded the hard drive. Don't know who, don't know the password!

    Does anyone know how to reset the password, and how the little clucker did it in the 1st place?

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    HI Stewart is it the HD that has a password on it or the BIOS? Clear the jumpers in BIOS

    Is it the Administrator password that is missing? BartPe would easily resolve this.

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    Harddrive.
    Tried clearing the BIOS ( knew it wouldn't work, but what the hey! )

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    Some DELL machines have a seperate jumper to reset the password to that used to reset the BIOS... maybe examine the board a little more closely?

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    Or you could have a had drive password like the Toshiba's do now.

    In which case your 'clucked'

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    We had a similar issue like a year or so ago, our LEA has a forensics team and they managed to crack it with there toys!

    I would imagine that you LEA would have one too, they usually come under the heading of ICT Security Officer of computer crime dept etc.

    All the best

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    passworded hard drive as in windows password? If that is the case you could boot the machine with knoppix and it bypasses any windows security as long as the drive isn't encrypted.

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    the one I am on about is hard coded to the drive at BIOS POST - the OS hasn't even been referance at that point.

    However the code in not in the bios so a bios reset will not work - by design, it is to lock down confidential data. Moving the HDD moves the password.

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    oh. I have never seen this before. Is it a new feature of hard drives? You could perhaps get an indentical hard drive without the password feature and transfer the electronics across? I heard it isn't THAT difficult to do.


    But I suppose then you're at a forensic level.

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    You would be asking for some many problems, and I was desiging the system I would code the HDD platter to the HDD BIOS so it wouldn't let you run the drive that way either....


    But then I am nasty like that...........

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    One of the little "baby hens" has passworded the hard drive. Don't know who, don't know the password!
    Are you saying a someone managed encrypt the disk or you actually referring to a base unit as a ‘hard drive’?

    Sorry. Pet peeve

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    @Networkgeezer actually it is the harddrive.... you're not talking to a teacher now, and I didn't say encrypted, I said passworded Mr Perdantic!

    Having played with the HD (not base unit), it's the hard drive. Not the BIOS settings, but the whole HD

    I've removed the offending article (harddrive) and put it in another computer (base unit), and the harddrive still comes up as password protected!

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    Have you tried low level formatting it ? Zero fill etc?

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    Re: Password Protected Hard Drive

    MY suggestion is to find another hard drive of same type as the one you need to get into, must be exactly the same, then carefully remove the control board on each hard drive and then swap them over, once this is done reassemble the drives and you should be able to access the info.

    This should work only if the second driver doesnt have a drive lock password on it.

    hope this helps baz uk



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