How to Remove a Toshiba HDD Lock
By Marie Cartwright
Locking down your hard disk drive can be risky business. On the one hand, a HDD password can give your computer an extra layer of serious security. On the other hand, forgetting a password means the end of your hard drive. There is no way to unlock a hard drive without the original password. Even the manufacturers won't be able to help you. However, if you do have your original password and would like to reset the lock, this can be quickly done through the BIOS. This tutorial is specific to the Phoenix BIOS used by current models of Toshiba laptops.
Turn on your laptop. Press the "F2" key when the first loading screen appears. This will load the BIOS. You'll only have a second or two to press this key before Windows begins to boot. If you're not fast enough and the Windows screen comes up, simply restart and try again.
Use the right-arrow key to highlight the "Security" tab. This is the third tab from the right.
Press the down-arrow to enter the Security Settings menu. Scroll down to "User Password," listed beneath the "HDD/SSD Password Select." This will open a pop-up window with three text fields.
Type your current password into the "Current Password" field. Press "Enter." Type your new password into the "New Password" field and press "Enter." Type the same password again into the "Confirm New Password" field and press "Enter." The "Password" window will close.
Press the "F10" key to save your new settings and exit the BIOS. Your laptop will now boot normally.
An HDD password can be changed as many times as necessary. However, once you enable password protection, you can never delete it.
Marie Cartwright began writing in 2010. Her work has appeared on various websites. Having held office jobs in copywriting and editing, Cartwright now works from her home in Northern California. She also maintains an events website geared toward the science and technology community.