toshiba a215 7444

My friend has a toshiba a215 laptop that he wants to use.  Problem is when it powers on it asks for the hdd password.  The laptop belonged to his step father who passed away a few months back. Is there anyway to recover the password or bypass it. I was reading about a loopback that can be made, I wasnt sure if it can be made for this model because the diagram i saw only showed a 25 pin serial port. the serial plugin on the laptop is your typical serial port which has 15 pins i believe... Any ideas or is going through toshiba absolutely the only way to bypass it?
risenrankAsked:
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?Commented:
>> Is going through Toshiba absolutely the only way to bypass it?

Yes.  You'll probably require proof of purchase as well.
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IanThCommented:
is it definately the hdd password not the bios, can you get into the bios?

if you can try a differnet hdd
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risenrankAuthor Commented:
No, I cant get into the bios.  Its comes up right away, telling me to enter the hdd  password.
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risenrankAuthor Commented:
if i had another hdd i would try that... but im out of luck on that
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phototropicCommented:
This question has been asked before:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Misc/Q_24364298.html

Looks like contacting Toshiba is the only way forward...
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IanThCommented:
can you get into the bios then?
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