Although most hard drives are compatible with the "User Password" option in the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) and lock unauthorised users out when the setting is enabled, breaking the encryption on most drives is as simple as transferring the drive to another computer. The Seagate Momentus FDE series of drives, however, takes security a step firther with a special microchip that retains the password setting even if the drive is removed from the original computer.
In order to change the password setting for a Seagate Momentus FDE hard drive, you must change or disable the setting in the system BIOS.
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Start the computer. Press the "Delete," "F1," "F2" or any other key on your computer keyboard needed to access the system BIOS. On most computers, there is a message that displays when the system first boots that informs you of the key needed to access the system set-up or BIOS menu. Wait for the BIOS menu screen to appear, then enter the BIOS password if prompted to do so.
Press the arrow keys to navigate to "Set User Password," "Password Settings," "Security Settings" or another similar menu option. Press the "Enter" key.
Navigate to "Change User Password," "Reset HDD Password," "Reset User Password" or another similar option value. Press the "Enter" key.
Enter the current user or hard drive password if prompted to do so.
Type the new password into the password field, then press the "Enter" key.
Type the password again in the confirmation field, then press the "Enter" key.
Press the "F10" key or click the "Save Settings and Exit" option in the BIOS menu screen. Wait for the computer to restart. Once the computer restarts, the password on the Seagate Momentus FDE hard drive resets to the new password entered in the computer BIOS.
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