How do you reset a Netgear GS724T switch to factory default if you have no password

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I have a Netgear Prosafe GS724T switch  and have lost the password. How can I reset it to factory or recover the password?
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If there is a reset button (accessible with a pin/pencil/etc) try holding it for 10-15 seconds while looking at the LEDs. That is the normal way to factory reset most Netgear products.
The front panel contains the following:
• 48 RJ-45 connectors for 10/100/1000Mbps auto sensing Gigabit Ethernet switching ports.
• Four SFP slots for SFP modules supporting 1000(1000Base-SX/LX)/100M SFP.
• Reset button to restart the device.
Recessed default reset button to restore the device back to the factory defaults.
• Port LEDS
• System LEDs
Use the highlighted option (Recessed default reset button) also called as
Factory Defaults Button
The Smart Switch has a Factory default button to enable clearing the current configuration and
returning the device back to the factory settings. This removes all settings, including the password,
VLAN settings and port configurations.

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