I'm helping a friend TRY to get his TOSHIBA PORTEGE R100 up and running. First, and foremost, I need to know how to erase/override/bypass or otherwise eradicate the password on the HDD. This CAN be done, I just am not aware of the best method to do so. I NEED to be able to "wipe" the entire drive before I install another O.S. And...would this old of a laptop be compatible with LinuxMint 17? Appreciate all feedback!
Thanx for responding. OK, I have and will use DBAN for the "wipe" hoping that the HDD encryption will not interfere (demand a "passcode"). Should that be accomplished, I'll then install a new and different operation system. So, I don't think going back to "factory reset" is what I'm needing/wanting to do?