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HP Compaq Business Notebook nc6000 Series - Using DriveLock

Introduction

  caution:
If the DriveLock user and DriveLock master passwords 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. The drive must be inserted into the notebook, not an optional Port Replicator or external MultiBay, in order for it to be accessed by the DriveLock passwords.
DriveLock involves a user password and a master password:
  • A hard drive protected by DriveLock can be accessed with either the user or the master password.
  • A user password or master password can be deleted only by removing DriveLock protection from the drive. DriveLock protection can be removed from the drive only with the master password.
  • 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.
  • A user password and a master password can be the same word.
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 entry of a power-on password instead of both a power-on and a DriveLock password.

Setting DriveLock passwords

  caution:
If the DriveLock user and the DriveLock master passwords are forgotten, the hard drive is permanently unusable.
  caution:
To prevent loss of work and damage to the notebook and the hard drive, 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 work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
  2. Insert the hard drive into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator or external MultiBay).
  3. Open Computer Setup by turning on (not restarting) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
    • To change the language, press F2.
    • For navigation instructions, press F1.
  4. Click Security, and DriveLock passwords, then press Enter.
  5. Select the location of the hard drive, then press F10.
  6. Toggle the Protection field to Enable.
  7. Read the warning. To continue, press F10.
  8. Type the user password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10.
  9. Type the master password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10.
  10. To confirm DriveLock protection on the selected drive, type DriveLock in the confirmation field, then press F10.
  11. To save DriveLock settings, click File, and Save Changes and Exit, then follow the instructions on the screen.
    Preferences are set when Computer Setup is exited, and take effect when the notebook restarts.

Entering DriveLock passwords

  • Be sure that the drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator or external MultiBay).
  • 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.
  • After two attempts to enter the password incorrectly, the notebook must be restarted before trying again.

Changing DriveLock passwords

  caution:
To prevent loss of work and damage to the notebook and the hard drive, 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 work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
  2. Be sure that the hard drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator or external MultiBay).
  3. Open Computer Setup by turning on (not restarting) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
    • To change the language, press F2.
    • For navigation instructions, press F1.
  4. Click Security, and DriveLock passwords, then press Enter.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select the location of the hard drive, then press F10.
  6. Use the arrow keys to select the field for the desired password, 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, click File, and Save Changes and Exit, then follow the instructions on the screen.
    Preferences are set when Computer Setup is exited, and take effect when the notebook restarts.

Removing DriveLock protection

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 work returns to the screen, shut down the notebook.
  2. Be sure that the hard drive is inserted into the notebook (not an optional Port Replicator or external MultiBay).
  3. Open Computer Setup by turning on (not restarting) the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
    • To change the language, press F2.
    • For navigation instructions, press F1.
  4. Click Security, and DriveLock passwords, then press Enter.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select the location of the hard drive, then press F10.
  6. Toggle the Protection field to Disable, then press F10.
  7. Type the master password in the Old Password field, then press F10.
  8. To save preferences, click File, and Save Changes and Exit, then follow the instructions on the screen.
    Preferences are set when Computer Setup is exited, and take effect when the notebook restarts.

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