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Laptop not working due to hard disk encryption


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yehnoon

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I have a laptop which was used for company work and data is encrypted, as I upgraded to a new one, this one is spare for me and I want to give it to my nephew. However, I can not make it work like a normal laptop as it is always asking my user name and password after booting every time.

I did try to remove the encryption after logging in but it did not work.

It is possible to make it work like a normal laptop if I buy a new hard disk and take the old one out?

Any ideas are welcome.

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Are you saying that it asks for a password when it has booted to the Windows log in screen?

Or is it asking for a password before Windows even starts?
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Hi

I will explain in detail. As a company laptop I was needed to log in as soon as laptop starts and then it will go into windows etc. etc. So now I have a new laptop which is working absolutely fine.

But the old one has still got McAfee End Point Encryption installed. I formatted the HDD using an external SATA enclosure so nothing is on the HDD. I was trying to install Win 7 on it so I can give it to my nephew as a new laptop but it is not letting me do anything at all.

The Win 7 cd loads up and stops after 5 min saying that an error has been spotted.

So I am thinking to buy another HDD and try that.

It is asking password before windows even start.

The question is if that is going to work or I will still struggle due to McAfee End Point Encryption? Is the Encryption not only on the HDD or it is on the machine itself?

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Edited by yehnoon, 22 February 2013 - 09:38 AM.

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It sounds to me like your company installed a HDD password in a bios scenario on the old machine and you would have to contact them to discover the password so as to remove it.
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I checked in BIOS and there are no passwords setup.

If I buy a new HDD, will that work and I can just get rid of old HDD.

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There is always an ability to set a system password aspect in the bios.

Consider this image from a Dell laptop...

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