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Locked Hard Drive

by jvgraves46 / July 30, 2009 11:09 AM PDT

I have Acer Travelmate 2300 with a Samsung hardrive in it. A couple of months ago it was stolen and the police recovered it. When it was returned it now asks for an HDD Password. I did not set this and have not been able to log onto it since. Is there any way I can clear this password.

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Just a thought . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 30, 2009 11:54 AM PDT
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The disk may now contain lists of criminals, drug deals, politicians paid off, the price of drugs from specific suppliers, etc. I'd take it back to the police and see if they have an expert that can gain access. The data may put you in jeopardy.

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ATA Passwords
by simmo8403 / July 31, 2009 9:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Locked Hard Drive

All modern hard disk drives support security features that prevent access to your data.

You have 3 options:

hit the drive numerous times with a hammer and replace it

Use a program such as ATApwd.exe (Google it) to remove the password
***WARNING: if you do not know the current password; the only method of removing this password will permanently destroy the data that the hard drive contains but will leave you with a useable drive)

Contact a data recovery company who will charge you but will also be able to recover the data stored on the device and remove the password for you.

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