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    HDD Password Recovery

    I have just been handed an Acer Travelmate 7720 that was being used by a now Ex-Member of staff who in now uncontactable...

    They have seen fit to set the HDD password in Bios, I have no idea of what it could be.

    Does anybody know of a way to recover it whilst kepping any data intact.

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    @Jon:

    Have you tried resetting the BIOS by flipping the battery or shorting the pins on the Motherboard?

    This would be the normal approach to the problem.

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    HDD password different to bios one.

    It's on the HDD controller itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @Jon:

    Have you tried resetting the BIOS by flipping the battery or shorting the pins on the Motherboard?

    This would be the normal approach to the problem.
    The bios was also locked, I have overcome this, this password is actually on the HDD itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    I have looked at this, unfortunaly is seems as if this method will also destroy any data on the the disc.

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    Does anybody know of a way to recover it whilst kepping any data intact.
    Extract the hard drive and install it in another system as a secondary drive. If it's SATA, then it'll use the same connections as with desktop hard drives. The hard drive itself isn't passworded, it's all on the laptop itself

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    I have tried this, The drive is unreadable in another system.

    The password does appear to be on the drive itself.

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    HDD password is part of the ATA standard and is on the controller/firmware area of the drive.

    If you want to have the data intact then that same companies other service is what you want.

    Repair Station. Licenses

    Ben

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    That looks interesting, I will have to see if we can raise the $49.

    I have not been told how valuable the data is, only that they would like to recover it...

    Have you succesfully used this software yourself?

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    No I haven't sorry, but you can run the diagnose on it and it will tell you if it will be able to recover it.

    Ben

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    go to Hiren's BootCD 10.0 - www.hiren.info and look at

    ATAPWD 1.2
    Hard Disk Password Utility

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    Also... if the HDD isnt readable in another system, its feasible that the user has "somehow" used a boot CD / some install to encrypt the hard drive

    Nath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smadison View Post
    go to Hiren's BootCD 10.0 - www.hiren.info and look at

    ATAPWD 1.2
    Hard Disk Password Utility
    You can download Hiren's Boot CD from http://www.hirensbootcd.net/

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