Solo 2500 233MMX Hard drive

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Rich, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I picked up this notebook in exchange for some work I did for a women who is
    divorced. Her name is on the notebook with the place she bought it from, so
    I don't think it is stolen. Before her husband divorced her he put a
    password on the harddrive and the notebook was rendered usable. I build and
    fix PCs so I thought no problem, I'll reset the bios and I'll have access to
    the drive. No luck and according to what I read it is impossible to fix
    without using an EPROM to reprogram the bios or get a new motherboard. Can I
    just get a replacement drive or will the password write itself to the hard
    drive like did to the last one? Has anyone dealt with this problem before? I
    tried to search deja and google and there were no answers there. In the bios
    it says if you forget the password the drive will have to be replaced. I
    don't want to spend money for a drive if it won't fix the problem. Thanks
    for any further info. Remove the x from my email address to reply by email
    or just reply in the group.
    Rich, Oct 19, 2003
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  2. As long as there is no CMOS password, replacing the drive will solve the
    The password is stored on the hard drive itself - there are companies that
    can remove it for you, but unless you need the contents of the drive, the
    cost will be similar to what a new 20 GByte notebook drive will run.
    Edward J. Neth, Oct 19, 2003
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  3. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I assume the hard drive password is set in the bios as well as on the hard
    drive because I cleared all the rest. Will a new hard drive work in this
    case? I don't need the data on the current drive.Is it worth trying to use a
    sector editor or is that impossible because the drive can't be accessed? I
    can easily boot from a floppy and run the sector editor from there.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Rich, Oct 19, 2003
  4. If you can access the BIOS, there is no CMOS password - if there were, you
    would not be able to access the BIOS setup.

    The hard drive password is stored in a place on the drive that is not
    accessible to the user through the operating system - a sector editor isn't
    going to help here. Replacing the drive is the only practical solution.
    Edward J. Neth, Oct 19, 2003
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