Clear Hard drive password from Dell Latitiude D600

I work in a school district and have been donated several Dell Latitide D600 laptops. Two of them have HD passwords. I cannot boot to a CD. I am looking for a free solution for removing the passwords

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
old_hickoryAsked:
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
There isn't one. This is intentionally done to prevent theft and access to data. I worked as a Dell Certified tech for many years. To my knowledge, a utility does not exist to do this. If it was a boot password, you can call Dell and they have a way around that problem as long as you can prove you are the owner of the system.
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Joseph DalyCommented:
I have never tried this but I think if you remove the CMOS battery it will reset the BIOS back to factory. Leave it out for a while to remove all the charge. This should reset the BIOS and any boot passwords.
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old_hickoryAuthor Commented:
There is not a password on the CMOS. The password is on the hard drive. I have successfully replaced the hard drive with one that does not have a password. The laptop works fine with hard drives that have no passwords. I have 3 hard drives with passwords that are bricks at this point
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Ok so are you trying to recover the data or just format them to make them usable?

If you are just trying to format I would suggest going grab one of those usb hdd readers and slaving the drive to another machine then just wiping it.

Also have you tried Boot and Nuke with one of the brick hard drives in the machine?
http://www.dban.org/
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old_hickoryAuthor Commented:
Good idea. I have to put a good HD in to change the boot order in the BIOS. Then try boot and nuke.
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Joseph DalyCommented:
It may or may not work but its worth a shot. If you cant get those three drives to work I would say just smash em lol.
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old_hickoryAuthor Commented:
The person that donated the drives came up with the password for me, so I am ready to roll. Thanks to all for the contributions.
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