Hello, I face a difficult problem and I have to say from the beginning that I am not very optimistic about its possible resolution. On the other hand, I have been "watching" the forum for quite some time (and learned a lot) and I hope that somebody may have the experience to give the solution. I have an Acer Travelmate 663 and my hard drive a 40GB Seagate (ST94011A) has been "locked". To be more precise when I boot (from the hard drive) it asks for an HDD Password (HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive I guess). I had never set such a password, even though there is a possibility to do so in the BIOS. What happened is the following: The laptop shutdown because it ran out of battery. I restarted it without connecting it to the AC power. It shutdown again while it was booting. Then, if I correctly remember (all this was 2 months ago), I did this one more. Before I try to power on for a third time I connected the laptop to the AC power, but this time it asked me for this HDD password, which I obviously do not know. Since then I have not been able to to do anything with the hard drive and what I have learned is that it has been "locked", it cannot be seen by any other computer. I do not care about the drive itself, which I have already replaced, but about the data which I want to recover but I do not want to pay a fortune. I went to an official service center of Acer, as recommended by the manual in such a situation. They were not able to do anything (still, I think they are the one who should solve the problem). Googling I found a company specializing in such situations http://www.hdd-tools.com/products/rrs/ but unfortunately the particular hard drive is not supported by them. Another possibility could be http://hdd.profesjonalnie.pl/faq.php but I have not contacted them yet. My question to the forum members is: Has anybody ever met such a problem? And if yes, did you solve it and how? Thanks in advance.