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Unlocking Hard drive without Master Password

Q: Unlocking Hard drive without Master Password

I've had great success in unlocking locked HDDs (10+ different types and brands 10-80gb) using Hiren's Boot Disk 7.3 (& later versions) using "HDD Erase 4.0" under "Hard Disk Tools". Just persist in trying to erase it per Master-Password (which I did NOT have!) and press ENTER without typing anything. It asks you "do you want to proceed with erasing..." and all you need to type is "y" + Enter. NO MORE DOORSTOPS! Who says one can not unlock password protected HDDs? Mind you, there is no data left on the HDD once this program has run - sometimes it fails to finish, BUT the HDD IS unlocked! So, everybody worried about data-theft can calm down again! ~>) Carsten

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A: Unlocking Hard drive without Master Password

The only way you can be sure of preventing data theft from a hard drive is to grab your hammer and a can of petrol, possibly with some explosives strapped on for effect.
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I had heard that you can lock and unlock the E drive on my Dell computer. I have Windows XP and I was wondering how it was done. Any help would be appreciated... Thanks.

A:Locking and unlocking hard drive E

You would need to tell us just what drive E: is.

Hard Drive partition?
Separate Hard Drive?
CD Drive?
DVD Drive?
ZIP Drive?
Tape Drive?

And what you actually want to achieve
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hi, i am new to this forum,

i have one issue:

i used to lock my hard drive(s) for privacy reasons through "gpedit.msc", and my PC Used to work fine but nowadays after i lock or unlock thru gpedit... it disables my right click on explorer or desktop. now after that i googled and found option through "regedit" HKEY CURRENT USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\]POLICIES\EXPLORER and change "NoViewContextMenu" data to "0" and at some point deleted it too. it worked but only after restart. is there a way to permanently rectify this? because it is annoying to go through the long process and restart every time. please help.

thanks in advance.
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Hello to one and all I have an issue that I am in need of help with A few unlocking with hard drive a a passord a from help i Inspirion Dell 8100 locked need months i need help unlocking a hard drive locked with a passord from a Dell Inspirion 8100 ago I posted a plea for help with a Dell Inspirion laptop that I have A so called former friend locked up the laptop with administrator password and disabled the ability to boot the laptop via boot disk CD USB or anything else etc I sent a request of help to a gentleman by the call of Rustam and a i need help unlocking a hard drive locked with a passord from a Dell Inspirion 8100 few weeks ago he provided a master password to clear the dell grey screen asking for the password I was very grateful for i need help unlocking a hard drive locked with a passord from a Dell Inspirion 8100 the gesture of help I managed to bypass the screen only to get another gray screen telling me that the hard drive has been encrypted with another password I have tried to send an S O S to Rustam but he has not answered for one reason or another My question is as follow does anyone know of a way without having to shell out any money be able to unlock the hard drive so I can retrieve the data that I need as I don t have a backup of it Any ideas on how or where to look for futher info would be really appreciated nbsp

A:i need help unlocking a hard drive locked with a passord from a Dell Inspirion 8100

the only way i could think of would be to use the drive as a slave in another system with it's own operating system. this may allow you to simply view and access all of your data as a second drive.

if you can't simply access it through windows, then you may need to use a recovery program to access it.
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My PC has a 32GB hard drive that I've pretty much filled up. I've purchased a new hard drive (320GB). How do I make it the primary drive and the 32GB one the slave?

Do I need to first install the new drive as a slave and install an OS on it (XP) and then do the "slave-master" switch?


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I plan to upgrade my slow and wearing out 9GB master unpartitioned C drive with a 30GB Maxtor 7200RPM Ultra ATA 100. The slave is a 40GB Maxtor partitioned as D & E.

My questions are:

1.)After installing the new master, can I use the Ghost boot disk to get a Ghost image on the new drive so that I donít have to go through the torture of installing apps and getting my system to where it was setup on the old drive?

2.)Will the system BIOS recognize the new drive or will I have to go into the BIOS to set it up?

3.)Am I correct in assuming that the Ghost image will fdisk and format the drive?

4.)Is there a proper order to the above for installing the new drive?

Any and all help will be appreciated.


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i think i may have to reinstall windows xp again, as i keep getting error messages saying that windows installer service could not be accessed..i have a samsung 250gb sata hard drive & got an old western digital caviar 12100 2.1gb ata hard drive. can anyone tell me if i need to set this to master or slave? i want to transfer some programs & important documents to the 2.1gb hdd, that way the reinstall wont be so painful. the reason im not sure is because the samsung is sata & didnt need to set it to master or slave. THANKS

A:Hard Drive - Master Or Slave??

You should be able to set it as master.
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I have a PC with a minimal master hard drive and a huge slave drive that contains my data. The OS is, of course, installed on the master drive but I'm needing to reinstall the OS because of failures. I didn't want to risk losing the data on the slave drive. Can I just reformat the C: drive (master) and reinstall the OS without harming the slave drive? I thought this was the case, but I dont' want to take chance.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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A:I can't set my Hard Drive as Primary Master?


Take a look at this and make sure you have ribbon cables the correct place as well as jumper information that you might want to read. See if that helps:

The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
R ..................................?? OR ??
O == Ribbon Cable==Cable Select==Cable Select (end of cable)
A ..............................( as Slave)??. ( as Master)

Ribbon Cables and colors of 80 pin cables look and are to be used like this:

Make sure a master is always present, because you can not run a slave without a master.

Cables must be the 80 conductor cables for hard drives and never any more than 18? long.

A friend recently told me that with Western Digital if it is the only drive on the cable, the jumper will need to be removed ( try removing the jumper and connect the drive by itself on the IDE channel ) I don?t have Western Digital so I can?t verify this, but might be worth a try

Please note thatt the floppy cable red mark is put on opposite as the regular hard drivers. Otherwise, the red mark faces away from you as you work in the case or you could say it faces the power source for the drive.

Please let us know if you have other questions or need more assistance.
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A:Using my Old Hard Drive as a Master Drive on my New Computer

are they both ide drives
oem OS installs will not work with a diff motherboard
should try to put the old drive as slave and take possion of all the files and data
if you keep playing around you may corrupt or damage the new drive mbr /boot.ini file
warning on boot if you see a chkdsk prompt don't let it run
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but when I restart the machine it hangs again! Its also does not matter which I unplug salve or master! both drives are working fine on there own though and with out a problem before!

Any tips?

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I even tried putting it in an external hard drive enclosure with a USB. System saw it and loaded it properly, but it is not available in Windows Explorer. Its just plain "not there"!

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It starts up, tells me to hit F2 for setup or F1 to continue. When I hit F1, it goes to a blank screen with flashing cursor, but no command line.
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A:Got New Master Hard Drive Old Slave Won't Work

If you set the jumpers on the back of both hdd's to cable select (cs) then make sure that the 40gig is on the end plug that my help.
Also check that they show up correctly in your bios. Your mobo manual will tell you how to do that.
Are both drives formatted in ntfs?
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OK here's the situation. I have:

One hard drive
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One IDE zip drive

To connect them to, I've got:

A Promise Ultra ATA100 controller
(has two controllers which each take two
devices each, totalling four)

Two regular IDE controllers on the hard drive
(again, each controls two devices, totalling four)

What's the best way to connect all this stuff? Should I connect everything to the Ultra ATA controller because it's faster, or does that not make a difference on CD-ROM drives? If I do connect it all to that one controller, how do I set each drive in terms of slave and master?


A:Master, Slave, Hard Drive, CD-ROM drives, arrrrghh

If they are not Ultra ATA/100 devices, does your controller support backward compatability? If it doesn't you are kinda out of luck. If it does, I would put my fastest devices on the primary channel and the slowest ones on the secondary.
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A:Master Hard drive no longer detecting properly - why?

If the mobo is good, and the ide cable to the drive and the power to the drive are good as well, the drive is probably toast. Get the drive maker's utility to test it properly. Then you'll know for sure.
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I'm adding a Western Digital Hard drive to my computer. I have a 15 Gig and adding a 160 Gig. My 15 gig is full.

When adding, what is the best way to do it. Master or slave or does it make a difference. Just want to make sure so I get the best results from the start.


A:Adding additional hard drive (Slave or Master?)

There are several different ways you can do this.

The fastest would be to set your new drive to slave (make sure your current drive is set to master) and install.

**personal note**
Were I installing this on my system....this is what I would do.
Install the new drive as slave.
Make a drive image of your current drive,
load the image on your new slave drive,
swap the master and slave settings (making your new drive master)
verify that the machine boots correctly to your new master 160GB HD (and all files and space is accessible)
If all is good, format the 15GB and use as additional storage
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A:Help! Hard Drive scrambled Master/slave mixup!

Sort out your ribbons first, go through the bios and make sure you know where everything is which drive letter to which HD, then set the boot order so that you can boot from your cd-rom.
Go into the recovery/repair console and run fix boot on the drive that the NTDRL is missing from.
problem solved bud
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A:Need layman instructions on restoring after a master hard drive error

Quote: Originally Posted by confidentialcat

Hello, I am not even a newbie, it took me 15 minutes to figure out how to thread. Please help me, I know there are prior posts on this issue, but I don't understand the instructions and they are not specific to my issue.

I received the error code "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert..."
Also in another screen, which is one of the very few I can access, says there is a "master hard drive error." I have no CD's for Windows 7, I don't have a restore CD, I may be able to burn one from a neighbors computer, if I know the file and where to obtain it. I cannot bring up safe mode or any other screen other than when it attempts to turn on, it brings up the ACER sign, then I can press del: setup or F12:boot something.

I don't know what any of these things mean, I looked around and can see the BIOS stuff, but I don't have many options to change anything, and when I read the instructions here, I either don't have the resources or option, or don't understand the terminology in the instructions.

Please talk to me like I'm a 6 year old and help me get my computer back!! I downloaded, I guess, some bad software a couple of days ago and I'm assuming that's what did this.

If you want to reinstall Windows, here is the link.
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life
You will need to burn the file to a DVD. This link has every version of Win 7 in different languages. You will need to be sure and pick the correct one. You will also need the Product Key from your present Windows install to input after you get Windows installed. Don't put it in during the install when it asks you to. Wait until later after you are confident things work OK. You can just download the file, put on DVD and start the installation. It will erase everything on your hard drive. If you don't have them backed up, you will lose everything. It that is not a big deal, this is the way to go. The files that have X86 is 32-bit, the files that have X64 is the 64-bit. I couldn't tell from your specs what you have. Get back to us with any questions.
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A:Slave hard drive shows different assigned letter on itself than what is on master

I will try .

Drive letters are normally assigned by the order in which a drive is detected...with one exception. The optical drive is obviously the first drive detected when installing Windows from CD...but it always will receive the D: letter, assuming that there are only two drives (hard drive and an optical drive) attached to the system and, therefore, recognized as existing.

These rules do not apply to any OEM system where a manufacturer has installed Windows and possibly also created either hidden or additional partitions.

Sooo...when I install XP, I have one hard drive connected...with nothing on it...and an optical drive. The optical drive is set up as D: and the partition I create and install XP set up as C:.

I have no card readers or external drives or USB drives attached, since these can interfere with the hardware recognition process.

Once XP is installed, I open it and decide to create additional partitions on my very large hard drive. I create a storage partition of 100GB and Windows assigns the letter E:. I create an additional storage partition of 150GB and Windows assigns the letter F:.

I then decide to install another version of Windows...on the same hard drive. I use my install CD to create the partition and install Windows and it assigns the letter G: to that install...because C:, D:, E:, F: are already accounted for and in use.

I now have a dual-boot, if I have done everything smartly. One version of Windows as the first recognized partition, one version of Windows as the last recognized partition.

All is well and makes sense...until I boot into the other version of Windows. Windows will designate the version which is operative and booted long as it is being used.

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Normally this can be solved by removing the BIOS battery for 30 minutes or so.

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Please take note of the following:In the meantime, please refrain from making any changes to your computer.
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Extra.txt <-- Will be minimized
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Quote: Originally Posted by Therian

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Quote: Originally Posted by sevsman

Hello all,

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On an external drive you might need to use Traveller mode, I'm not sure. It makes the prog portable. This from their website:

TrueCrypt can run in so-called 'traveler' mode, which means that it does not have to be installed on the operating system under which it is run. However, there are two things to keep in mind:

You need administrator privileges in order to able to run TrueCrypt in 'traveler' mode.
After examining the registry file, it may be possible to tell that TrueCrypt was run (and that a TrueCrypt volume was mounted) on a Windows system even if it is run in traveler mode.

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Throw away the Dell! I can't even imagine what's going on there.
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A:Network Hard Drive Password

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Hi Night stalker and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:

Which is it, the hard drive password or the admin password, both can be set, but one (the Harddrive) password cant be removed, the other can be removed with my software, you can use a floppy version (you dont say if you dont have a floppy) there is a USB key version (only works if your laptop supports booting from a USB device) or you can build a bootable hard drive.

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read the FAQs please:
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A:Master Password

This may help.
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Try locking it again.
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There is a known issue that sounds like this, with a workaround. Let me go hunt for this.
Fittingly I read about it in the comments section here:
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A:z60t hard drive password invalid???

Welcome to the forum!
From what I recall, one has to set a Master HD password before the "user" one, and that's the one that needs to be entered in order to remove the "user" password.
Have you taken this route already?
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Kinda like full disk encryption? The idea being that a stolen drive does not equate to loosing data?
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Moderator Edit:
Here's the free help link:

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search this forum for "dell bios password removal" and you will find plenty of info!!!
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A:Forgot Hard Drive Password for my X1 Carbon

If it is the ATA password that is set in the BIOS, it cannot be removed without knowing the password.
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Into safe mode and login as Administrator and then change the user functions on that drive
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A:Suddenly my laptop Hard Drive has a password?

If you don't care about the DATA on the drive try this. Delete all partitions, create new ones, and format the drive. Then see if its usable again. Some laptop BIOS will let you set a password to the hard drive, that you have to enter before the OS will load. I thought that was stored in the BIOS but maybe in this case it actually does something to the hard drive. If it just modifies the boot sector wiping the partition should clear it, hopefully anyway.

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A:Dell D420 Hard Drive password

Hello, egoo40, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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With regards to your problem, please see this thread: Dell Bios Password removal (Nov-Dec 2007) and see if it helps you.
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A:Hard drive password forgotten due to beer

go here ..

#1 download backtrack
#2 burn image to dvd or cdr
#3 visit website again to obtain tutorial for backtrack password penetration
#4 save disk.

not sure if this will get bios stored passwords but will with anything in storage..