Re: IBM LAPTOP 770 Hard Drive password

Re: IBM LAPTOP 770 Hard Drive password

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Posted by Henry on March 11, 2002 at 19:54:57:

In Reply to: IBM LAPTOP 770 Hard Drive password posted by Michael J. Peterson on March 10, 2002 at 21:08:18:

: Help!!!! Greetings all. Recently I purchased a skid of laptops from a liquidator, and I received a laptop that has a "hard drive" password. It is an IBM 770z Thinkpad. I would sure hate to purchase another drive for this unit. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know, your help would be greatly apprciated. Thanks

: mjp

I think it would be a horrible mistake for you to install a new, non-password HDD in that laptop; if you do, I think you will soon have two (2) password protected HDDs!

IBM has the most robust password protection I know about - it makes a stolen laptop most useful as a doorstop and any HDD installed in it more like a paperweight. Not only that - if you install a clean HDD in one of the passworded laptops it will copy the password to the new HDD and "protect" it. Clearly the product of an evil mind. IBM will furnish the rightful owner a new, EXPEN$IVE mainboard (that's the only way to eradicate an unknown password) - then your new HDD will work OK.

Suggest that your contact IBM and see how they can help. There are also some expen$ive laptop cracker folks - find 'em with an internet search.


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