What is BIOS password?
BIOS password is the extremely strong password that locks the hardware and makes the laptop completely unusable. You can only use the operating system after logging with the BIOS password.
BIOS password is different in laptops and PCs
Laptops usually have much better hardware safety than PCs. Most laptops come with a most strong capacity of BIOS password that locks the hardware and makes the laptop completely unusable. Of course, the BIOS password can be set on a PC too, but since it is stored with the other BIOS settings – date, time, size of hard disk, etc. It is very easy to reset the BIOS settings (and the password) on a PC.
However, most laptops store the BIOS password in a special chip, sometimes even under the CPU, which is not affected, whereas the rest of the BIOS settings are reset hidden. This makes the removal of a BIOS password on a laptop almost impossible. The only option in most cases, the chip is rather expensive and risky procedures and, of course, replace is not supported by the manufacturers.
Forgot BIOS password?
You are now locked out of your computer because forgot BIOS password. The first and foremost thing to do in this situation is do not panic. There is a very high chance that you will be able to reset the BIOS password of your system.
Some manufacturers (like Dell) may have a “master password” for a particular laptop (from their service number) if sufficient proof of ownership provided. Others (like IBM) recommends that the motherboard of the notebook (very expensive). On some older laptops (4 to 5 years or more), the BIOS password be reset relatively easily, usually by a short circuit between two solder points on the board or by plugging into a socket specific to the printer port, etc.
In almost all cases, the new laptops, it’s either a big hassle, expensive or impossible to reset the BIOS password so that it protect a good way to protect your computer from unauthorized use.
But what makes your computer exactly yours are just your personal files, documents, emails, photos, etc. They are all stored on the hard disk. So even if your laptop has a BIOS password it stops and makes it completely useless for anyone who doesn’t knows it, the hard drive can still be removed from the laptop and easily connected to another computer and recover your files.