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Can't See HDD From Special Disk


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#1 jtphenom

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 09:56 PM

Hi Folks,

I don't know if it's against the rules or whatever to talk about the "Special Disk" that I'm referring to, but you'll probably figure out what I'm talking about really fast.

 

Booted into this disk to try to reset a password on a Dell Inspiron 3542, but can't browse to the SAM from NTPWEdit because it's not seeing the HDD. Went into BIOS to try to change from AHCI to IDE mode. But you can't change it, nor can you disable it.

 

I know there are other tools I can use, but I don't have the time or the patience right now to work on setting one up. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks!
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Edited by hamluis, 23 March 2016 - 04:47 AM.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:48 AM

Seems to me that your subject matter would be better posed at the Dell forums, for more accurate information concerning the various passwords that may be employed on a Dell system.

 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:12 AM

I am not sure what you are referring to as "Special Disk".  Can you post a link from where you got this "Special Disk"?  Can you tell us what you are trying to achieve?



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:36 AM

Not sure if I'm out of line or not but sounds like Hirem's or something like it to get the password from registry.



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:38 AM

Seems to me that your subject matter would be better posed at the Dell forums, for more accurate information concerning the various passwords that may be employed on a Dell system.

 

Louis

This isn't a "Dell" password. It's a user account I'm trying to reset the password for. Dell would not be able to help me.


Not sure if I'm out of line or not but sounds like Hirem's or something like it to get the password from registry.

Correct. This is a Hirens disk. I'm trying to use it to reset a user's password.



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 10:12 AM

If you are trying to reset a user account is there another admin account on the computer you can login to? If so then change it using the admin account. If there is no other admin account then use the guide here to enable the Hidden Administrator Account and use that to change the user password.

 

There is a newer version of the program here.  You can use a Rufus to create a bootable flash drive. Attach the USB flash drive and run Rufus. Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI. Leave all boxes as checked. Where FreeDos is shown in the dropdown box select iso image and browse to your iso file. Press Start. Backup any data on the flash drive as it will be erased.

 

Here is a video explaining the process.



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 10:22 AM

Is this user an admin-level user?  Or, Standard user?  Reason for asking:  I believe even the built-in admin acct should be able to change any created account's password, whether Standard or Admin..


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 10:33 AM

Is this user an admin-level user?  Or, Standard user?  Reason for asking:  I believe even the built-in admin acct should be able to change any created account's password, whether Standard or Admin

I believe the user is an admin.


If you are trying to reset a user account is there another admin account on the computer you can login to? If so then change it using the admin account. If there is no other admin account then use the guide here to enable the Hidden Administrator Account and use that to change the user password.

 

There is a newer version of the program here.  You can use a Rufus to create a bootable flash drive. Attach the USB flash drive and run Rufus. Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI. Leave all boxes as checked. Where FreeDos is shown in the dropdown box select iso image and browse to your iso file. Press Start. Backup any data on the flash drive as it will be erased.

 

Here is a video explaining the process.

Thank you! I'll give it a shot!



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Posted 24 March 2016 - 08:05 AM

If John C's solution doesn't work you can do this: Reset a Windows Password in Regedit at Boot; it worked for me on a test Virtual Machine. :)

You'll need a Windows 7 Install media or a Windows 7 System Repair Disc media

 

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