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The HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 is a 13.3" two-in-one laptop released in 2018. This model name can be found on the underside of the laptop in "Project Name."

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How to unencrypt the hard drive without admin access?

the laptop has sat on a shelf collecting dust for about 2-3 years, as its a work computer that was just given to my mom after they stopped working for the company that owned this laptop, and obviously they aren't wanting this computer from us, as its been about 2 years.

the device uses eSET encryption, and i can't unencrypt the hard drive without admin access, is there anyway to unencrypt the hard drive without admin?

(also i plan on literally just giving this to my dad to use this a personal computer, so im not doing any shady stuff with the business info, i just want to reinstall windows🤷‍♀️)

Ive tried

using a thumb drive to reinstall win 10

reinstall win 10 via the cloud

deleting eSET, gives me a error that "you must unencrypt all drives before uninstalling eSET" (that requires admin btw)

installing chromeOS flex (but my thumb drive wouldn't work :( )


would i have no option other than to get a new hard drive?

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As easy as opening a good bank safe!

If you don’t remember or have no way to ask the person who had the system you only have one choice, just erasing the drive if you can get thru to the OS either the drive or an external bootable drive. Or just replace the drive.

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could i reformat the drive? would that be able to unencrypt the drive?



Here's a link that may help



im using command prompt to reformat, but it can't convert from GPT to MPR,

it says cannot format drive with boot installed onto drive

...sooo, would i delete (C:)windows to finally put this to bed?


also i got a thumb drive for chrome os flex working using another laptop


@timtomissus - So you succeeded in reformatting it using Chrome OS?


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