Trying to get a landfill rescue Dell Studio 1737 working. Local landfill transfer station has a spot for people to drop off electronic stuff. First come first gets it for free. Supervisor and User passwords are Locked. HDD password is Set. Can only boot to the HDD password prompt when the hard drive is connected. It ignores all other boot devices, despite the HDD being in last place in the boot order. With the HDD connected, pressing F12 for the boot menu causes it to freeze. Also, with the HDD disconnected, Supervisor password says Clear. I set a blank password there but when the HDD is reconnected it goes back to Locked. Apparently on this one the Supervisor password is written to the hard drive somehow. The Set User password and Set Supervisor password, Diskette access and Password on boot fields are all greyed out and inaccessible. Set passwords are [Locked]. Diskette access is [Supervisor]. Password on boot is [Disabled]. The only change to the Security tab with the HDD unplugged is Set Supervisor password can be used to set (haha, not really!) a new Supervisor password. I don't want to try installing a different hard drive. The bleeping thing would probably lock it. The Dell BIOS reset CD version A25 doesn't work. It's from 2005. The Studio 1700 series is from 2009. I've tried the utilities on the latest Hiren's. They can't touch it, they're all from before 2009. bios-pw site, none of the codes it generates work to unlock the HDD. I've found mention of an A34 version of the Dell BIOS tools CD, one link (posted some time back on this forum) showed it to be a double digit megabyte download, but of course the link to the file is dead. All hits on that filename I could find are either dead or fakes with malware. "Download this downloader.exe to download the ISO." Yeah, sure that's what I'd get. I don't find anywhere to *enter* a Supervisor or User Password to be able to get access to do whatever things can only be done by a person who knows the Supervisor or User Password. 100% of all the stuff that's changeable everywhere else in the BIOS setup is unlocked and the changes stay when saved. What's the point of having those passwords there and *locked* if they aren't doing anything to keep a person from changing any other BIOS settings, aside from not being able to enable access to a floppy drive it doesn't have? I have a USB floppy drive. Plug it in, access to it still says [Supervisor]. Y-E Data USB-FDU shows up in Boot tab as removable device. The BIOS version on it is A05. Latest available is A09. I've tried to find out how to do a BIOS recovery as would be used in case of a failed BIOS update but no luck on that front. Do you think connecting the hard drive to a desktop and using ATAPWD on it would work to trigger the secure erase? If that would make it usable, I wouldn't care about the Supervisor and User passwords that don't seem to be doing anything.