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Windows 7: Unlocking a laptop hardrive?


12 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Unlocking a laptop hardrive?

Hi people,

I was wondering if any of you know of a program that takes away the locked hardrive feature away from the drive. They have a proggie for 32bit but not 64bit. Any ideas, I'm sure that the manufactuer thinks it's a great idea, which may be true for some but imo it causes me problems, I like to have full control of what I bought..


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12 Dec 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krokusnat View Post
Hi people,

I was wondering if any of you know of a program that takes away the locked hardrive feature away from the drive. They have a proggie for 32bit but not 64bit. Any ideas, I'm sure that the manufactuer thinks it's a great idea, which may be true for some but imo it causes me problems, I like to have full control of what I bought..
Um, what "locked hard-drive feature"? Built into win 7? Or third party?
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12 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krokusnat View Post
Hi people,

I was wondering if any of you know of a program that takes away the locked hardrive feature away from the drive. They have a proggie for 32bit but not 64bit. Any ideas, I'm sure that the manufactuer thinks it's a great idea, which may be true for some but imo it causes me problems, I like to have full control of what I bought..
Um, what "locked hard-drive feature"? Built into win 7? Or third party?
In bios the hardrive is locked meaning that you can't get into the sensitive areas of the drive boot code ect. Some manufactures do it through bios or others lock the drive before it is installed into any system, the drive itself. This has been the case for a few years now, I never had problems with boot time defrags until I winded up with a hard drive that has been locked in this manner so you can't do that. It's basically a hard drive password and this program is one that would work but as you read on the site it only works for 32 bit computer software, I need 64....

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13 Dec 2010   #4

W7x64P
 
 

Contact the manufacturer of the HDD/laptop? I am sure they will help you, once they explain you may be voiding some warranty.
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13 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

The drive shouldn't have a password unless you set one. I've never encountered a computer with a locked hard drive from the manufacturer, though I won't say it doesn't happen.

Is this your laptop, or a laptop assigned to you ??
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13 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I think the OP is talking about the hidden partition used for recovery found on most laptops.

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13 Dec 2010   #7

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I had this problem with a Compaq V5000 laptop IDE HD. It was locked with a password when I tried to move it to another laptop that was the exact same model. Never did get it unlocked, it's in my parts drawer.
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14 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Nemix77 & @ DocBrown that is what I'm exactly talking about, that hidden partition though was removed long ago, but as I have been messing around with my wife's laptop which in the bios it says the drive is (frozen), but with cmos wiping software I was able to unlock the drive. When you prepare the drive though and reboot it changes back to frozen. I don't know the exact answer why but one reason is the software that is installed on the hard drive by absolute software which is basically a low-jack component on laptops and commercial built computers. This software is located in the master boot record itself and cannot be removed this is the component I don't like about laptops and store bought machines, I only will build computers from components myself so I don't have that problem. That's why I want the hard drive unfrozen so I can remove this low-jack component. I don't need it and don't want it, it is just another way to intrude on privacy. On you laptop type "msconfig" in the run menu and select the services tab and hide all "microsoft services" by checking the box. If you have "Absolute Software" installed then you can be located anywhere just because of that, and I don't really need to be found. Anyway if your laptop gets stolen "so what" by the time they find it for you it will be most likely unusable to you anyhow. I just believe it's the path of losing more of our freedoms and being watch over by Big Brother who isn't a brother at all...
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14 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Usually a re-installation of the OS will get rid of it after deleting the partition(s).
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14 Dec 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi krok,

I am not familiar with the app. you linked to.

Can it be run from Bartpe/winpe 32 bit boot media?
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