Reset Lost Password for Windows Server with RAID Controller

April 9, 2016

How to gain access to Windows Server running RAID when the administrator password is forgotten? You might have tried methods like booting with Hiren’s BootCD, Ophcrack, but these boot CDs don’t have necessary RAID drivers to detect the RAID drive. In this article we’ll explain how to use PCUnlocker to reset lost password for Windows Server by loading the RAID driver on the fly.

Part 1: Make A Bootable USB Drive from PCUnlocker

Download the ISO image of PCUnlocker Enterprise and save it to your current working PC. In order to make a bootable USB drive, you need to use the free USB creation software – ISO2Disc. Launch ISO2Disc and browse to select the PCUnlocker ISO file, choose your attached USB drive as the media and click on Start Burn.

The burning process usually takes one or two minutes. If your locked server comes with UEFI firmware instead of legacy BIOS, you need to choose the “GPT (required for UEFI boot)” option while burning with ISO2Disc.

Part 2: Download RAID Driver

Now you need to download the RAID driver in order to make your hard drive recognized by PCUnlocker. Go to the manufacturer’s website of your server to download the driver setup package. Most of the driver packages are in .zip or .exe format. Unzip the package with the freeware 7-Zip and save the output files to any folder of your USB drive.

For Dell servers, you can check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to download and extract RAID driver:
How to Download and Extract Dell Drivers

Part 3: Reset Lost Password for Windows Server with RAID

Boot your server from PCUnlocker Live USB drive. When comes to the main interface of the PCUnlocker program, you might see nothing is displayed on screen because your hard drive is not detected. Click on Options button and then select “Load IDE/SCSI/SATA/RAID Driver“.

Browse to select the RAID driver that you’ve downloaded and stored in your USB drive.

After the RAID driver is loading, you should be able to see the Windows user accounts in your server. Choose the administrator account and click on “Reset Password” button. It will remove your password as well as unlocking the admin account.

Reboot the server and unplug the USB drive. Boot your Windows Server as normal and you can then log in to the admin account without typing a password! So this is how you can reset Windows Server password with RAID. It’s that simple!

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