Bought a 20gig laptop hard drive on Ebay..on boot up it says a Dell hard drive password has been set..wont go any further. Its a hitachi drive btw ... is there a way to get rid of or find out the password (either from dell or Hitachi) ..there is no way I can contact the previous owner.
Let us know how you get on. I would be tempted to put it in a caddy and format it from there, then again using the caddy clone the 6 Gig drive and copy it back to the 20 Gig drive. However, unless you already have a caddy this could add to the cost - it would have been cheaper to buy a new HDD. Good Luck!
Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management and then in the Left Hand Pane select Disk Management (Under Storage) - If you can see the 20Gb drive there try and format it by right clicking it in the right hand pane.