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Lost password #4625370
01/05/18 09:22 PM
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Eddie Offline OP
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A friend lost her husband and she is unable to open the computer because of the lost password. How does one start to address this problem? Ed


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Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625395
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What's in the computer that she wants or needs to access?

Does she want to simply use the computer or is there data in there she wants to access?

Last edited by Leo99; 01/05/18 09:51 PM.

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Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625401
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There are bootable CDroms that can get at the "windows password".

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625408
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The best you can do now is clone that hard drive, then you can figure out the rest

Re: Lost password [Re: eljefino] #4625410
01/05/18 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
There are bootable CDroms that can get at the "windows password".



Yeah, I've used these, works good.

BUT, if the password is at boot-up before windows, then that's another story, BIOS
passwords and HD passwords are tough to crack.

Any ideas?

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625416
01/05/18 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted By: Eddie
A friend lost her husband and she is unable to open the computer because of the lost password. How does one start to address this problem? Ed


If she just wants files off the computer, the hard drive can be put into an external enclosure that plugs into a USB drive - then the hard drive file system can bee seen just like it was an external USB drive. You can buy an external case at Best Buy or similar stores.

Ones carried by Best Buy: LINK

Re: Lost password [Re: ZeeOSix] #4625440
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Along the lines of Best Buy: A colleague put herself through college working as a Geek Squad member at Best Buy. I consulted her about just this problem when a family member came to me, and she advised to take the PC to Best Buy. They'd boot to a CD (probably a Linux disk) and run a script that would remove the password. She said that they did this all the time at her store.

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625488
01/06/18 12:20 AM
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Use live Ubuntu or similar Linux OS and try using the HDD after booting into it - With some luck, the contents of it will be unencrypted and will be readable/ transferrable.

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625499
01/06/18 01:10 AM
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How many of you realize that kids in Africa, milk tons of hard drives, and other chips, why I wonder is how to buy elite products from China

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625634
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Its completely fixable no matter what she needs the password for BIOS or Windows.


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Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625789
01/06/18 12:01 PM
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In my experience, lot of times you can put the Hard drive in another computer (or an external dock) and still get access to files. If its a BIOS password those are the easiest simply pull the CMOS battery.


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Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4625800
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BIOS passwords can be cracked if you get into the computer. That's why there's a padlock hole on the back. Sure it's google-able.

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4626075
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SrDriver Offline
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Take it to your local Best Buy. They will fix you up.

Re: Lost password [Re: Eddie] #4626212
01/06/18 07:06 PM
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Holy mackerel, there is a lot of talk here about hacking and cracking this and that, and accessing the CMOS. (?!) I am pretty sure OP just wants to access some data but cannot log into the OS.

Just put the HDD into another system or use a live OS from a USB stick to access the HDD. Unless the data has been encrypted there will be no need for a password.

Re: Lost password [Re: uc50ic4more] #4627498
01/07/18 09:58 PM
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Yes, it shouldn't be an issue at all. The only problem I foresee, outside of encryption, is if it's a hard drive in Windows set up with that stupid hybrid shutdown/sleep mode.


Plain, simple Garak.

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