I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222
There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks for a "Multibay drive Lock Password" on boot. It is a bug because A Drive Lock password was never set. The workaround is to pull out the Optical Drive(In my case, the secondary HDD) before powering on the computer.
After that, simply logging into the primary Hard Drive (SSD) and running HP's bios update.exe would solve everything.
However, I am missing my SSD, and by unplugging the secondary HDD before powering on the computer, (necessary for bypassing the password bug) I lost access to the HDD as well.
I have tried using HPs bios update .exe to creat a bootable usb of it, but my computer doesn't recognize it. It just says remove disk or other media and try again.
I know that my bios is set to boot from flash because I have successfully booted a live distribution of Ubuntu 13.04
So my only options (as I see them) are:
-Install Windows on an external HDD and run the bios update.exe
-Install a live image of windows onto a Flashdrive (since I don't have an Optical Drive) and run the bios update.exe
-Install a live version of DOS onto a flash drive and (somehow) update the bios from there
-boot into a live Linux distribution and find away to update the bio from that even though HP does not offer support.
I have tried many tutorials on all of the above with no luck.
The target computer I believe to be running Windows Vista Business (although I don't think it matters because there are no hard drives found)
The computer I am using to type this and download all of these tools and files for trying to solve this problem is a Samsung running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
I have spent the last few days trying to solve this problem, any help would be appreciated.
EDIT: I appreciate all the alternate solution attempts, but What I need is a way to flash the bios without an internal Hard Drive.
I have USBs I can use, if necessary, as well as External Harddrives.