I hear that password protecting your computer's hard drive is not the best protection--it can be thwarted by skilled computer hacker--but it's easy to do, so why not? Became standard practice in the companies I've worked for recently. Risk: What do you do if you forget the password?
Print and perform the following actions to reset your Hard Disk Password:
- Shut down and power up your laptop.
- Press F1 as soon as the splash screen is displayed.
- Using the arrow keys on the BIOS Setup Utility Menu, select Security (or Password), then press Enter.
- Select Password.
- Select Hard Disk1 Password and press Enter (there may be more than one disk drive icon, the icon(s) may be labeled: HDD, HDD-1, #HDD-2, or something similar). Repeat these steps to assign the same password to each additional hard disk (if installed).
- Select User only, press Enter.
- Enter a nontrivial password (up to seven characters) and press Enter.
- Re-enter the password and press Enter.
- Press Enter to accept password changes.
- At the Changes have been saved prompt, press Enter.
- Press F10 to save and exit BIOS Setup.
- At the Save configuration changes and exit now? prompt, select Yes.
- Don't forget this password. You cannot use your hard drive without it.
|The Little Black Book of Computer Security, Second Edition |
by Joel Dubin