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Remove BIOS hdd password?

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I was just messing around in my BIOS on my main computer and saw the hdd password. I ended up setting one and cannot remember it. Is their any way around this other than buying a new hdd. I've tried removing the CMOS battery but the memory chip on the computer is non-volitale, so I'm at a dead end here. The pc withe the problem is a Dell Inspiron 1100 running Windows XP Home Edition SP3.
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THe BIOS is not stored on the hard drive it is a chip on the motherboard.

If you have set passwords inside the BIOS then there is no way to reset it although you could try a proper CMOS reset, just removing the battery doesn't completley reset it.

Switch off at wall and unplug
locate battery and remove
if you have jimpers by the battery set the jumper cap that is at 1 & 2 to 2 & 3 or CLR CMOS if you do not have jumpers short the two wires (CLR CMOS) with a screw driver or other metal implement
Press power button to remove any residule power
Put battery back in
If you had jumper caps move them back
switch on at wall
power up.

But like I said I doubt that will help.
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Ok thanks I will try that and I meant that chip on the motherboard.
if that doesn't work the only thing I can think of is to flash the BIOS with a newer version.

This will obviously mean using another pc and downloading the latest bios on toa usb thumb drive and flashing the bios from within the bios (which is how you do it anyway) but since your system is a dell it may not have the capability of flashing the bios you may have to seek guidance from Dell support.
Forum rules prevent us from assisting in circumventing passwords.
Password help is against the forum rules, as we have no way to determine the circumstances, your best bet is visit your local PC shop.

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