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Forgotten HDD Password on my Samsung Netbook.

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  • Started 2 years ago by tech27
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tech27
tech27
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Netbook model: Samsung NP-N148-DP03PH
S/N: HJDA93AB800258F
BIOS: Phoenix SecureCore (tm) Setup Utility

So here's the problem, because I am so curious about this and I tried to put a 'HDD Password' on BIOS on my Netbook and now I mess everything I can't boot up and I am really mad at my self I'm such and idiot ;( because I created this problem and I can't use my netbook anymore. I really feel so hopeless, I tried everything like using a 'Live disk' etc, but still I can't boot because it will always ask for HDD password ;(

and when entering an Invalid password three times, this will come out, but when I restart the netbook(turning it off and on) it will again ask for the HDD password.

I really need help guys ;(

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Xhi
Xhi
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Time to purchase a new hard drive.

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Veegertx
Veegertx
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Tech27
Look here http://dogber1.blogspot.com/20.....-bios.html

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast
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Have you tried booting back into BIOS and removing the HDD password? Did you put a password on the HDD and now you can't remember it?

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Veegertx
Veegertx
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edit. no need windows running

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Xhi
Xhi
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My interpretation is that this is a HDD password, not a BIOS password. From quick reading I see nowhere that has any encouraging information about an HDD password.

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Enthusiast
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Edit. I responded to Veegertx as the OP. Removed.

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Veegertx
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I edit above cause I had found the bios update but win has to be running

I know but I was thinking it related to Bios cause I never set one. Is it set in Bios or the drive itself?
http://www.ehow.com/how_537698.....sword.html

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Xhi
Xhi
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What would be the point of a hard drive password if it could be removed easily. The point as I understand it is no matter what computer/BIOS you put the drive om it requires the password.

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raphoenix
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Probably have to put HDD in another machine using Adapter Cables and the Run Secure Erase 4 with "Hot Plugging Method to fix the HDD.

If you can Boot from USB stick, may could do it in the same machine.

Rick P.

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Veegertx
Veegertx
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Yes that what I'm reading also whs but this got me into Bios
"put a 'HDD Password' on BIOS"
There is cmospwd but does Netbook have a cd/dvd in it or create boot usb and all that. used to do that on a floppy

EDIT: Or can he simply remove battery for 5 minutes to reset bios to default, er um I had to do that myself other day messing with uefi stuff on mine and wouldn't boot. :)

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germ-x
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Have you tried emailing or calling Samsung and asking them for the password?
This might take a couple of days but it might be worth a try if the above secure erasing doesn't work

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tech27
tech27
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uhhmm. By the way, I just wanna ask if HDD password is save under the BIOS chip or what? Because this HDD password feature is set inside BIOS, will removing battery will also reset all password in BIOS especially this HDD Password?

Yeah I tried to go to Samsung Service Center and they say its excluded from their warranty conditions and they're asking 23.30 USD, its like 1000 Pesos in Philippines.

@raphoenix
"Secure Erase 4 with "Hot Plugging Method to fix the HDD."
-its that a program ?

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tech27
tech27
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@Veegertx
-Hello dude, I tried that link but no luck ;( it can only generate for '12 hexadecimal digits' and mine I got '18 digits' error code ;(

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tech27
tech27
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@Veegertx
-Yeah 'win has to be running' and that thing won't go because their's the HDD password that blocks everytime I boot up ;(

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raphoenix
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tech27,

See my FIRST Post in this topic.
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....replies=15

Not Sure if Secure Erase 4 can reset your HDD or not but worth a try if all else fails.

Have to boot from USB Stick and run Secure Erase Program.

The program will fail.

While still running DOS, pull out the HDD, wait for 5-10 seconds and then connect HDD back up.

Run Secure Erase program again.

If you are lucky, the procedure will break the password and erase the HDD the second time you try.

The Real procedure is to Disconnect Power to HDD briefly and leave the Data lines connected, but you can't do that with a laptop machine.

That's why I say disconnecting the complete HDD may not work??

Rick P.

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tech27
tech27
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@raphoenix
-' using Adapter Cables', what is the netbook HDD connector ?? and IDE or SATA?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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I assume the netbook has some kind of Combined Sata Data and Power Connector which mates with HDD.

Have to see a picture or diagram of HDD connection to netbook motherboard.

The Procedure I explained is really for Big Machines and HDDs with Standard Sata Connections.

Rick P.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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You could start down this route.

http://hddguru.com/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/

Rick P.

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Veegertx
Veegertx
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Closest thing I could find http://www.samsung.com/ph/supp.....-downloads
If you set a password for a hard disk drive, it cannot be accessed from another computer.

You have to set a supervisor password first so whats the password to HD?

Remove the cmos battery and let it sit for 5 minutes to see if that will get you through otherwise You could buy a new bios chip for it and they not too high priced.

or you can use it for a boat anchor :)

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