Post by izzgood
If you put a HDD password in the
hard drive ALSO has a separate security chip with the password so moving
it to another machine won't help.. it will lock the HDD. Similarly
changing the password setting on the mb chip by whatever nefarious means
used will mean the HDD password will no longer match the original and
will cause it to lock as well.
Which incidentally is pretty much exactly what you might want if
security was a real issue. What use would a hard drive password be if
you could simply put it on another machine and read it directly. The
point with these security chips is that if the password entered at power
up doesn't match with the password in the chip then the drive locks and
cannot be read at all. There is NO WAY then that it is possible to
'strip the password' from the hard disk contents even if that were where
it were stored. More to the point is that there is no way anyone can
access confidential information through the simple expedient of pulling
a cmos battery or swapping out drives. The security chip needs to be
replaced or the original password read from the m/b chip if you know how .
I used to recommend that IBM owners NOT use their power on password and
HDD password options because a forgotten or lost password is not
covered by warranty and IBM will charge for a new motherboard, aren't
they nice!. That was until my teacher partner brought home her Thinkpad
with a power on password that a prankster at school had placed on her
machine. If only pulling a cmos battery was all that was required.
Nonetheless as far as security options go, if you're going to have them
they might as well be ones that work. Its interesting to note that the
Dell's security is so easily bypassed.