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March 18, 2014 11:48:06 AM

I have a chance to buy a laptop that includes a hard drive with some pretty good expensive programs installed.

However the owner says that the hard drive is locked up with an unknown password.

Is there a way to bypass the password? Because if I have to install an operating system, this would not be worth it for me.

Another question, if I clone the hard drive, will I also be cloning the password lock-up?

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March 18, 2014 11:53:39 AM

No one here can or will assist you with bypassing security features on any device for any reason.
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March 18, 2014 11:55:05 AM

drdenby said:
I have a chance to buy a laptop that includes a hard drive with some pretty good expensive programs installed.

However the owner says that the hard drive is locked up with an unknown password.

Is there a way to bypass the password? Because if I have to install an operating system, this would not be worth it for me.

Another question, if I clone the hard drive, will I also be cloning the password lock-up?


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March 18, 2014 12:06:17 PM

Hi

If the seller is the legal owner he will know the password

For ATA encrypted hard disk with password request from bios

In the ATA spec the only way to clear the password is to run a low level disk erase command.

You can't clone the disk with this type of encryption
Or run dban or read hard disk in any way

Alternative may be full disk encryption with software part of enterprise ultimate windows or otherwise.
you can clone these disks but it won't help break encryption.

Dban can erases hard disk ready for re use

Regards

Mike Barnes
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March 18, 2014 12:23:21 PM

I see. Thanks. I will just have to pass then. It was only worth it if I didn't have to wipe it.
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March 25, 2014 10:22:37 AM

vrumor said:
No one here can or will assist you with bypassing security features on any device for any reason.

that has to be some bs ...my 2400 dollar plus hp hdx 9000 locked me out of bios on ts own after two years of owner ship..hp will fix it says the mother board must be going bad and the machine is protecting it self...so send laptop to Tx again with a lot of money and they will fix the problem..oh yea and the one year warrenty is up lol :pfff: 
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