IBM Thinkpad 600e can't get past password prompt...

Zane H. Healy healyzh at
Thu Jun 18 15:10:45 CDT 2009

On Thu, 18 Jun 2009, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:

> Jules Richardson wrote:
>> Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
>>> I don't believe that it is possible.  When a hard drive password for a 
>>> ThinkPad gets lost, it usually means buy a new hard drive and send the old 
>>> for recovery.
>> So why's it 'new drive' - what does it do to it that means it at least 
>> can't be reformatted by the user? I didn't think there was anything in the 
>> ATA spec along the lines of 'hose this drive' - or does it try and keep 
>> track of drives it's 'seen' before?
> It could probably be reformatted by the user, but that precludes retrieval of 
> any of the data.  I'm not completely sure, but I would guess that the method 
> it uses is to encrypt the partition table.  It sure seems that way.
> Peace...  Sridhar

It was my understanding that the password is stored on a chip on the HD.


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