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HP Hitachi SATA hard disk drive password locked

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I bought an HP Elitebook 8460p on eBay and it came with a password-locked Hitachi hard drive which I was told is the original hard drive. I don't know the password for the drive and running the diagnostics tools I see the hard drive is healthy. I tried booting the notebook with Hiren's BootCD 14 and 15 but couldn't find a way to retrieve or reset the password (I don't know, maybe I missed something). I was once told the password is stored somewhere in the computer. How can I unlock the drive? Any suggestions?
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This might be worth a try:

How to remove password from your Hard Disk ? – Geek's Crowd

You need a utility on the Ultimate Boot CD called mhdd.
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My post above assumes that you have a locked hard disk drive. Many laptop drives have this facility. They use a user password but there is also a manufacturer's master password. Read the link I posted.

Other possible boot passwords include a BIOS boot password and a password for a third-party whole drive data encryption suite that encrypts every sector of the drive.

Are you trying to recover the data on the drive or simply reformat the drive for use?
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My post above assumes that you have a locked hard disk drive. Many laptop drives have this facility. They use a user password but there is also a manufacturer's master password. Read the link I posted.

Other possible boot passwords include a BIOS boot password and a password for a third-party whole drive data encryption suite that encrypts every sector of the drive.

Are you trying to recover the data on the drive or simply reformat the drive for use?
Thanks for the replies.
I would love to recover the data because the hard drive has fresh install Windows 7 Pro.
I cannot even get into BIOS. When I boot the laptop it prompts directly for the hard drive password and I don't know the password.

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do you think you just putchased a stolen laptop?
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do you think you just purchased a stolen laptop?
I don't think so. I got in touch with the seller's company after I bought it. It's a computer company from NY. They have website and everything. They sell those laptops everyday. They offer tech support as well.
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This is interesting:

The HDD Oracle. • View topic - ZU - ATA Password Unlock Tool for Several Drives

and mentions HGST on the page.
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