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

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How to Get Rid of a Master HDD Password & Unlock BIOS
Hard drives can also be locked with encryption software that asks for a password before the operating system is started. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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 unauthorised 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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Use the arrow keys to go to the "Security" tab. Press "Enter."

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • Some computers will use a different key to access the BIOS. Check your manual if the keys in Step 1 are not allowing you to access the BIOS.
  • Do not change any options in the BIOS you do not understand as your computer could stop working.

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