Forgot HDD password

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

    Forgot HDD password


    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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  2. Posts : 4,566
    Windows 10 Pro

    Format is your only option unfortunately.
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  3. Posts : 5,642
    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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  4. Posts : 4,566
    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.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Ouch. So there is no other way to disable this prompt and boot back into windows?
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  6. Posts : 4,566
    Windows 10 Pro

    Rudeboy said:
    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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  7. Posts : 562
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    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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  8. Posts : 2,499
    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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  9. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

    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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