[unisog] Laptop Hard Drive Password

Nguyen, Minh Nguyen at lsdo.ucdavis.edu
Thu Jul 7 14:58:23 GMT 2005

Are you sure that the "hard drive password" is not syskey used in
Windows?   If it is syskey, then you might want to look at the following
article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310105 .  I am not personally
aware any harddrive that have password protection built into them
(although they may exists).



Minh Nguyen
Assistant Dean of Technology
College of Letters & Science Deans' Office
mailto:mtnguyen at ucdavis.edu (530)752-7647

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.sans.org] On Behalf Of Michael Holstein
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2005 6:23 AM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Subject: Re: [unisog] Laptop Hard Drive Password

> Does anyone know how to remove a hard drive password from a laptop?? 
> We know the password but we want to be able to remove it.  Now, this 
> is NOT a BIOS password.  This is NOT a Windows password.  But it is a 
> security password placed on the Hard drive which you must enter before

> the drive boots up.

(Disclaimer : make yourself a 'dd' image of this drive before trying

If this truly is software-only, you should determine (perhaps by booting
to Knoppix, etc) what's actually encrypted and where this software
starts/ends. You might be able to get away with just replacing the
bootloader for NT/2K/XP with the one from the CD.

Do you have any more information about what was used to set the boot
password in the first place?


Michael Holstein CISSP GCIA
Cleveland State University
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