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HP drivelock
Posted by Francois Rufli, Last modified by Francois Rufli on 16 August 2009 01:32 AM
HP DriveLock

Introduction
Setting DriveLock passwords
Entering DriveLock passwords
Changing DriveLock settings
Removing DriveLock protection

Introduction
CAUTION: If both the DriveLock user password and master password are forgotten, the hard drive is permanently unusable.
DriveLock prevents unauthorized access to the contents of a hard drive. After DriveLock protection is applied to a drive, a password must be entered to access the drive and the drive can be accessed only when it is inserted into the notebook.
DriveLock involves a user password and a master password:

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A hard drive protected by DriveLock can be accessed with either the user or the master password.
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A user password or master password can only be deleted by removing DriveLock protection from the drive. DriveLock protection can be removed from the drive only with the master password.
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The owner of the user password should be the day-to-day user of the protected hard drive. The owner of the master password may be a system administrator or the day-to-day user.
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A user password and a master password can be the same.

NOTE: When the notebook is started from a hard drive protected with DriveLock, and the power-on and DriveLock passwords are identical, the notebook will only prompt for a power-on password instead of both a power-on and a DriveLock password.
Setting DriveLock passwords
CAUTION: If both the DriveLock user password and the DriveLock master password are forgotten, the protected hard drive is permanently unusable.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the notebook and the hard drive and loss of work, shut down the notebook before inserting or removing a primary hard drive. (The primary hard drive is any hard drive used in the hard drive bay.)
To access the DriveLock settings in Computer Setup, shut down, then turn on the notebook. If Computer Setup is opened from a Windows restart, DriveLock settings are not accessible.

1.
Verify that the notebook is off and not in Hibernation by pressing the Power button. If previous work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
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Insert the hard drive into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator).
3.
To open Computer Setup, turn on (do not restart) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
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To change the language, press F2 .
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For navigation instructions, press F1 .
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Use the arrow keys to select the Security menu, then click DriveLock Passwords , and press Enter .
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Select the location of the hard drive, then press F10 .
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Toggle the Protection field to Enable.
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Read the warning. To continue, press F10 .
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Type the user password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10 .
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Type the master password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10 .
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To confirm DriveLock protection on the selected drive, type DriveLock in the confirmation field, then press F10 .
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To save the DriveLock settings, click File , Save Changes and Exit , then follow the instructions on the screen.
Preferences are set as Computer Setup is exited and are in effect when the notebook restarts.

Entering DriveLock passwords

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Be sure that the drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator).
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When prompted for a DriveLock password, type the user or master password (using the same type of keys you used to set the password), then press Enter .
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After two attempts to enter the password incorrectly, the notebook must be restarted before another attempt may be made.

Changing DriveLock settings
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the notebook and the hard drive and loss of work, shut down the notebook before inserting or removing a primary hard drive. (The primary hard drive is any hard drive used in the hard drive bay.)
To access the DriveLock settings in Computer Setup, the notebook must be shut down and turned on. If Computer Setup is opened from a Windows restart, DriveLock settings are not accessible.

1.
Verify that the notebook is off and not in Hibernation by pressing the Power button. If previous work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
2.
Be sure that the protected hard drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator).
3.
To open Computer Setup, turn on (do not restart) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
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To change the language, press F2 .
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For navigation instructions, press F1 .
4.
Use the arrow keys to select the Security menu, then click DriveLock Passwords , and press Enter .
5.
Use the arrow keys to select the location of the hard drive, then press F10 .
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Use the arrow keys to select the field for the password to be changed, type the current password in the Old Password field, type the new password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10 .
7.
To save preferences, use arrow keys to select File , the click Save Changes and Exit , and follow the instructions on the screen.
Preferences are set as Computer Setup is exited, and are in effect when the notebook restarts.

Removing DriveLock protection
To access the DriveLock settings in Computer Setup, the notebook must be shut down and turned on. If Computer Setup is opened from a Windows restart, DriveLock settings are not accessible.

1.
Verify that the notebook is off and not in Hibernation by pressing the Power button. If previous work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
2.
Be sure that the protected hard drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator).
3.
To open Computer Setup, turn on (do not restart) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
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To change the language, press F2 .
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For navigation instructions, press F1 .
4.
Use the arrow keys to select the Security menu, then click DriveLock Passwords , and press Enter .
5.
Use the arrow keys to select the location of the hard drive, then press F10 .
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Toggle the Protection field to Disable, then press F10 .
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Type the master password in the Old Password field, then press F10 .
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To save preferences, use arrow keys to select File , then click Save Changes and Exit , and follow the instructions on the screen.
Preferences are set as Computer Setup is exited, and are in effect when the notebook restarts.

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