How to Bypass the HDD Password on a Toshiba Laptop

If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you already got your Toshiba laptop HDD password. This is indeed unfortunate news because if you’ve set an HDD password on your laptop, then the only way out of this is to either enter the correct password or reset the hard drive before doing anything else. If both these fail, then you’re in for a long and frustrating adventure as you try to hunt down the password or reset that sucker.

10 Tips To bypass HDD Password on Toshiba Laptop

Use an Ubuntu Live CD

If you don’t know what an Ubuntu Live CD is, then it’s time for you to go back to school and study up on your computers. An Ubuntu live cd is a bootable version of the Linux operating system that runs completely in memory (RAM) instead of loading from the hard drive. Instead, everything needed by the operating system is loaded from a CD. Because it runs in RAM, anything that is saved is lost as soon as the computer is turned off or reset.

Turn the Power off, remove the HDD

This step can be skipped if you’re using an Ubuntu Live CD. Simply boot from the CD and skip to step four below. If you do this wrong, your HDD will not be recognized after the reset. Also if you have a SATA drive then simply removing the power is enough to cause Windows not to find it at the next bootup.

Boot up your Toshiba laptop with a live Linux USB drive

If you’re using an Ubuntu Live CD, skip this step and just go straight on down to the next one. If you are using a Linux USB drive, then turn your laptop off and boot up from it instead of the regular installation CD.

Insert your Windows CD and reset the HDD password

Put in your Windows install CD/DVD into your Toshiba laptop’s optical disk drive (DVD or Blu-Ray), restart, press any key like F2, F12 or Escape to get into BIOS Setup Utility.

Boot up with the Windows CD/DVD in the drive and start over again by following steps 2-5 from above.

Reset the HDD Password using chntpw or Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

This step assumes that you are booting from a Linux Live CD. If you are not, then follow the instructions carefully. If your current operating system boots too slowly then simply perform this step while it’s turned off! Or just turn it on and let it boot up into Windows, then turn it off and boot from the Linux CD.

Boot up the laptop with a live Linux CD in the drive and start over again by following steps 2-5 from above. Once you have booted into a console mode, type in ” chntpw -u user -l /mnt/windows/system32/config/sam ” where “/mnt/windows” is the mount point for your Windows installation. If you are not sure what it is then type in ” df -h ” followed by entering to find out what it is.

Once you have completed typing that line, then just press enter and wait for a while. It will display the contents of your HDD passwords.

Reset HDD Password using BBED – SCSI Hard Drive Maintenance and Repair Tool

If you’re not using a Linux Live CD or your current installation of Windows is working fine, then download BBED from Seagate’s website and use it to reset the HDD password. The only thing about this software though is that it’s intended for those with an understanding of disk drives and RAID arrays. If you are not comfortable with either of those then you probably shouldn’t be tinkering with your HDD password.

Just download and install BBED, start it up, and click on the ” Reset Password ” tab. Type in your drive’s model number (eg: CV1234 or whatever) and press Enter. A new window will pop up asking for a user name and password to use. Type in the name and password that you use to log in to your HDD then click ” Reset Password “.

BBED will then erase all data on your drive, write zeros over every byte on the drive, create a new Master Boot Record (MBR) that has no password, and reboot. The computer should now be able to boot normally from the Windows installation or from your current operating system.

You have now successfully reset the HDD password on a Toshiba laptop. The only problem with this method is that because you erased all data on the drive, you will probably have to install everything again from scratch by re-downloading and re-installing programs and games.

Using WinHex to Reset Your Toshiba HDD Password

Download WinHex, load it up on another computer (not the one you’re trying to reset your HDD password on) and put the Toshiba drive as your boot device by using an external USB enclosure or an internal caddy with a SATA-to-USB adapter.

Boot up the computer that has WinHex loaded onto it and connect the HDD you want to retrieve your password from. Once it spins up, click on the hexadecimal icon at the top of WinHex (the one next to ” File “, ” Edit “, etc.) and select ” Open Disk/Partition/Sector View “.

Once that is done, search for any folders or files starting with ” $Hid ” and delete them. This will delete any files that were used to store your HDD password so now you can type anything in there instead.

Now, go back and select the hexadecimal menu again and this time click on the search function at the top of it (the magnifying glass). Type in ” $01 “, which is the beginning of the hash for your HDD password, and press enter. You should see your current HDD password now in plain text if it worked.

To change the HDD password type in a new one that you would like to use instead, right-click on it, select ” Set New Password “, then confirm the new password by typing it in and pressing enter.

The only problem with this method is that you will need to boot up your computer from a CD or USB device every time that you want to reset the HDD password on it. This means that if Windows ever breaks, crashes, deletes files randomly for no reason, etc., then you would have to use an external device in order to log in to your HDD again.

If you do not want to install or use any of the software that is listed above then you can always go out, buy an external USB enclosure for your laptop’s hard drive (any size), and use it for this purpose instead. This is because if you reset your HDD password on a laptop using software, the HDD password will no longer work when you boot up from an operating system installed on your internal hard drive. However, if you use another HDD for this purpose then that does not matter.

Using BootICE to Reset Your Toshiba HDD Password

Download BootICE, load it up on another computer (not the one you’re trying to reset your HDD password on), and put the Toshiba drive as your boot device by using an external USB enclosure or an internal caddy with a SATA-to-USB adapter.

Boot up the computer that has BootICE loaded onto it and connect the HDD you want to retrieve your password from. Once it spins up, right-click on the Toshiba drive and select ” Change Master Password “.

BootICE will now prompt for a new HDD password to use instead. Type in whatever password you would like to use then click ” OK “. Once that is done, close BootICE.

Now, go back and right-click on the Toshiba drive again, select ” Delete Password “, then confirm it by clicking ” OK “.

The only problem with this method is that you will need to boot up your computer from a CD or USB device every time that you want to reset the HDD password on it. This means that if Windows ever breaks, crashes, deletes files randomly for no reason, etc., then you would have to use an external device in order to log in to your HDD again.

Using DOS (Linux) Boot Disks to Reset Your Toshiba HDD Password

Download DOS (Linux) boot disks and put the Toshiba drive as your first boot device by using an internal caddy with a SATA-to-USB adapter.

Boot up the computer that has DOS (Linux) boot disks loaded onto it and connect the HDD you want to retrieve your password from. Once it spins up, go into BIOS by pressing F2 repeatedly at the Toshiba splash screen and put the drive as your first drive before anything else.

Now, when you boot up the computer with your Toshiba HDD(s) connected to it, every time you want to reset the HDD password on them then you would have to do it using a DOS (Linux) boot disk. If Windows ever breaks, crashes, deletes files randomly for no reason, etc., then you would have to use a DOS (Linux) boot disk in order to log in to your HDD again.

Conclusion:

After these steps, you should have successfully reset the HDD password on your Toshiba laptop and be able to log in without any passwords. Good luck and stay safe! Hope this helps someone out there who needed it. 🙂

Please leave a comment below with what method worked for you or if you just fixed your Laptop HDD Password using another method. Thank you!

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