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Many computers are built with the BIOS password protected from reset... for good reason. There may be a way to still recover your data.
My PC crashed and I cannot get into the BIOS or anything else as I forgot the password for the BIOS. It was a Samsung V25 XP and I think it was SP1.
In this excerpt from Answercast #25, I talk about the way that BIOS passwords are set and why they are often not recoverable. In short, you need to remember your passwords, and backup your data.
Unfortunately, you may be out of luck.
I'm going to have you start by getting in touch with or checking the support site for Samsung for that specific model to see if the BIOS password can be reset. It cannot be reset on some machines. I just don't know if this is one those machines.
It's a security precaution. If somebody had physical access to your machine, and they could reset the BIOS password, that's pretty much as good as having no password at all. So many BIOS do not let you reset the password. Thus, if you forget the password, then you're out of luck. You cannot get back into that machine.
In a case like this, one of the things you can consider doing is taking the hard drive out of that machine and putting it in a USB enclosure. That way, you can plug that hard drive into another machine and access the data on it anyway.
If it's a hard disk password, putting the hard disk in another machine won't really help you very much. You may still be out of luck.
But that's the direction I would send you in:
Next from Answercast #25 – Will using history or remembered password bypass malware and keyloggers?
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