I own a laptop Asus K56CA. Shortly after I bought it, I swapped out 5400rpm drive for a Samsung SSD 840. I’ve set up passwords: BIOS Administrator and User; also Master and User HDD Password. Now, the operating system on my laptop got corrupted few days ago and I need to migrate Windows 8 from the original Hitachi 5400rpm drive to my Samsung SSD 840 (as I did it the first time).
To do this I need to remove the SSD 840 and put back the Hitachi drive into the laptop. The SSD must be unlocked, though. When I’m in BIOS to unlock it I can't change anything except the User passwords (BIOS and HDD). When I try removing the Master HDD password, it says, “Password can’t be cleared in User Mode”, even though, it also is written in BIOS that if I get into the setup the user will have Administrator rights.
I’ve taken few images of the BIOS and I’m attaching to this post.
Please, if anyone can help me with a way I should approach this problem, I’d really appreciate it.
PS. It’s my laptop and the Samsung SSD. I bought them on Amazon, so I’ve got that documented online, and in paper. I also have all the required passwords.