How to Get Rid of a Master HDD Password & Unlock BIOS

The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is designed to check the integrity of the computer hardware and launch the operating system. The BIOS also has basic security features that prevent unauthorized access to the computer by locking the hard drive with a password. The password is required in order to launch the operating system. That option can be disable without an changes to the operating system.

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Hard drives can also be locked with encryption software that asks for a password before the operating system is started.

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Turn your computer on. Press “Esc,” “Del,” “F2” or “F8” to access the BIOS.

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Use the arrow keys to go to the “Security” tab. Press “Enter.”

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Highlight “HDD Lock,” Boot Password" or “Hard Drive password” using the arrow keys. Press “+” until “Disable” appears.

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Go to the “Exit” tab, highlight “Save and Exit” and press “Enter.”

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Press “Y” when prompted to reboot your computer without the hard drive password.