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Windows 7: Forgot HDD password

02 Jun 2014   #1
Rudeboy

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Forgot HDD password

Hi,

I have a Vostro 1510 and I forgot the HDD password. Removing the CMOS for a while will not fix the issue because the password is with the firmware? I tried the HDD in another laptop and it tells me that the HDD is password protected.

I want to know if there is anyway I can remove the password and be able to boot into Windows. I don't want to have to reformat my drive.

Thank you.


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02 Jun 2014   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Format is your only option unfortunately.
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02 Jun 2014   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You would not even be able to format it. The HDD will not allow you to access it until the password is provided.
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02 Jun 2014   #4
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Not true. Kill disk can wipe any drive regardless of its password or setting.

I have done it and have been successful.

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
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03 Jun 2014   #5
Rudeboy

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ouch. So there is no other way to disable this prompt and boot back into windows?
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03 Jun 2014   #6
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rudeboy View Post
Ouch. So there is no other way to disable this prompt and boot back into windows?
Nope, kinda would defeat the point of it.
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03 Jun 2014   #7
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

You can try ATAPWD tool to reset the password.

Rockbox - Unlocking a password protected harddisk

ATAPWD is included with Hiren's Boot CD.
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03 Jun 2014   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

All I can suggest is to contact the computer manufacturer and be prepared to prove ownership.
An HD password is a security measure in the event the laptop is stolen. Many people have sensitive data on a laptop that must not fall into the wrong hands. Unlike a desktop, laptop BIOS and HD passwords are not stored in the CMOS. If they were easily removed they would serve no useful purpose.

If set such passwords should be written down and kept in a secure location. Or never forget them.
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03 Jun 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I would recommend reading the forum rules.

LMiller7 is correct those passwords are there for a reason.

Windows 7 Help Forums - Forum Rules



6) No discussions of hacking someones system, network, password, etc.
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