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

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Thu Jun 18 13:28:35 CDT 2009

Al Hartman wrote:
> I bought a thinkpad 600e for a friend several years ago on eBay. She put it in storage for a year, and when she pulled it out the backup battery has died. I replaced it, but now the unit is asking for a password.
> We never set a CMOS password, the eBay seller's email no longer works and I need to get to her data on the HDD which is also locked.
> Everything I searched tells how to wipe the HDD, but not how to recover the data without shipping the drive to someone who will do it for much more than the laptop and drive is worth.
> Anyone have a way I can get into the unit and unlock it?
> I can buy another unit cheap, but that doesn't get me into the HD.

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.

Peace...  Sridhar

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