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Old 5th June 2009, 14:37   #1
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Default HDD password break for IBM Laptop-- Help Needed

I have crashed my IBM T series Laptop, now when i tried to get the HDD connected to another laptop to access the data, it asks for a password.

I have not set the password and this never appeared when i use to work on my IBM machine.

Is there any way to bypass or break this password, i have critical data on the HDD.

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Old 5th June 2009, 14:44   #2
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Was there any boot password set?. If yes, try use the same password.
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There wasnt any boot password set.
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Did you try connecting your HDD to Laptop and go inside the bios settings?
By crashed I presume you mean that you are not able to logon to your windows
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Yes i am unable to logon to Windows, so i tried getting the HDD hooked onto some other laptop and hence stuck with this issues.Ok can anyone confirm whether the HDD is ok,i mean if its asking for a password i believe there is nothing wrong with the HDD, or it can be the other way.
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when i tried to get the HDD connected to another laptop to access the data, it asks for a password.

Try booting that laptop with Ubuntu CD, it would not ask for any password.

Reason it "might" be asking for password is due to security ACL set on some folders/ files.

If you boot from Ubuntu (or any other rescue CD) it wont bother about security.
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Yes i am unable to logon to Windows, so i tried getting the HDD hooked onto some other laptop and hence stuck with this issues.Ok can anyone confirm whether the HDD is ok,i mean if its asking for a password i believe there is nothing wrong with the HDD, or it can be the other way.
We'll does it gives a BSOD (Blue screen of Death) while you try booting onto your windows?
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Nopes.. it a black screen showing a lock sign and asking for password
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Nopes.. it a black screen showing a lock sign and asking for password
I mean on your IBM T when you are trying to boot what's the error you are getting? Just after your laptop powers on try hitting F1 key to enter the bios - do you get a password there too???
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Hit escape at the password prompt.
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Hoe are you connecting it to other laptop. As USB or as Primary HDD.I think if you use it as USB, it should not ask the password
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I am connecting it directly to the other laptop, will try using it via USB.

I cannot boot it on my laptop as the i suspect it to be a short circuit or something wherein the current isnt flowing in the laptop.
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Try putting in welcome
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I think the linux method would be the only sure shot method.
I don't know about your IBM, but in many PC (like out company sponsored Dells) they have installed an program called McAffee Safe Boot.
McAfee - about - McAfee, Inc. acquires SafeBoot

Now this wretched program assures you that even if someone manages to take the hardisk - he won't be able to access the data. Because it is encrypted.
In our case the password for this Safe boot is the same as the logon password.
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Try putting in welcome
Hello from another IBM employee, ex now though.

That was going to be my second recommendation.
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