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#1 cardinalfan1


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:46 PM

I have read the rules and am still not sure if this is a taboo subject. I recently bought a laptop (dell vostro 1510) from a customer who said they could not remember there hdd password. I realize I can just replace the hdd, however it would be nice if there was a way to reset it. Please advise , anyone.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:51 PM

Look up the service tag number on http://www.dell.com and read the documentation on how to reset it.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:04 PM

There is no easy way to reset the hard drive password. That is a feature of the hard drive itself. The password is stored in the drive also and not in the CMOS settings.

I would just replace it if it were mine. There may be ways but they'll require a separate computer and delving into possibly dangerous areas of the Internet. I'm saying dangerous as some of the sites that come up in a search will almost certainly be actively trying to infect your computer.


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