Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

Clear the hard drive BIOS password

Kevin Beaver explains how to clear the hard drive password in the BIOS.

I have a Dell Notebook and the previous owner put a hard drive password in the BIOS. I want to replace the hard drive and I need the password to do it. How can I clear the hard drive password in the BIOS. I do not want to disassemble the computer to get to the MB jumpers or CMOS battery.
There are several ways of doing this with a Dell and it depends on your specific model. Check out this thread for some specifics.

As a fallback plan, here's a pay solution

Click here for questions and answers from all of our security experts.

More on this topic:

  • Password hardening journal
    One of the forgotten elements of a truly secure infrastructure is password security. If a hacker can break through your password defenses, he will have unchecked access to everything that an authorized user or even a network administrator has. Check out the pieces in this journal to find out how to secure your organization at this often overlooked password level.
  • How to Bypass BIOS Passwords
    BIOS passwords can be a liability if a user forgets his password. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help to bypass or reset the BIOS password on most systems.
  • How to crack a password
    In this tip find out how hackers exploit weaknesses so you know how to stop them
  • NetBIOS Auditing Tool
    Use this tool to crack passwords on Windows network shares

Dig Deeper on Windows 10 security and management