How to Reset a Hard Disk Password
If you want to protect the information stored on the hard disk of your computer, you can set a password for the disk. However, if you forget that password, you are locked out of all of the applications that are stored on the disk. If you have forgotten the password of your hard disk, it cannot be easily reset, but you can reset the password on Windows-based systems with a specialty program.
HDD Unlock Wizard
Download the HDD Unlock Wizard diagnostic tool free from the link on the HDD Unlock page. The program allows you to test the program to see if it can recognize your hard disk before you attempt to unlock your drive. Double-click the icon in the “Downloads” folder and click “Run” to launch the program setup, then follow the HDD Unlock Wizard Setup Wizard to install.
Open the Unlock Wizard and click “Next” to get to the drive selection screen. The program automatically displays any drive that it can recognize in the “Drive selection” window and its status.
Select the name of the hard drive from the “Drive selection” window. Click “Next” to move into the status screen of the Wizard, then “Next” again to move to the unlock screen.
Go to the HDD Unlock page and purchase a virtual unlock card code for the program. The code will be emailed the email address you provide on the website. You must have an unlock code in order to complete the unlocking process with the HDD Unlock Wizard.
Enter your code into the provided box in the HDD Unlock Wizard. Once the code is entered, the Wizard will unlock the hard disk by erasing the data and re-certifying the drive, restoring it to its original factory settings.
Shut down the computer and boot it back up after the Unlock Wizard is finished the unlocking process. The computer hard disk should be unlocked and restored to factory settings.
Download the Repair Station diagnostic tool from HDD Tools and install it on your computer. Unlike HDD Unlock Wizard, Repair Station attempts to unlock the hard disk without erasing the information on the drive.
Register with your name and email address and create a login and password on the HDD Tools page. You must have a login and password to use the Repair Station tool.
Open Repair Station on your computer and go through the program screens to run the diagnostic test on your hard drive. If the hard disk appears in the list of available drives, Repair Station can unlock it.
Buy a Repair Station license code. The code will be emailed to the email address you provide. Enter the code into the provided box in the Repair Station application. Repair Station will attempt to unlock only the firmware area of the hard disk, without affecting the other information stored on the disk.
Restart the computer when Repair station is finished working. The hard disk should be unlocked without any effect on the rest of the system.
Tips & Warnings
- Seagate Unlock is a similar unlocking program that works only on Seagate hard drives.
- External hard drives, connected to the computer through a USB or Firewire port, are not supported by HDD Unlock Wizard.
- The HDD Tools site provides a list of supported hard drives, but it is still advisable to run the diagnostic test before purchasing a code or license. If a drive is not recognized by the HDD Unlock Wizard download, it will not be able to be unlocked by either HDD Unlock Wizard or Repair Station.