how to remove Thinkpad hard drive password

October 7, 2011 at 18:59:27
Specs: Windows XP
I have IBM laptop. How do I remove previous set hard drive password. I know the password.

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October 7, 2011 at 19:11:20
If you know the password you should be able to go into the BIOS and disable the password. The manual should tell you how to do that.


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October 7, 2011 at 19:14:18
I kind of get the feeling that once you set it you can't undo it.
See the owners manual for that. It might be that you can use windows tools supplied by ibm to auto logon or undo the security feature.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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October 8, 2011 at 01:26:55
paul1808, seems to me there oughta be a way, especially since you know the old one. Strictly a SWAG, I'd think you could active a new user account using the desired PW and assign it the administrator level of access, then delete the old account?
You might take a look at M$'s knowledge base and search for instructions.
Sorta draconian, but I KNOW it'll do the job, remove the CMOS battery for a few seconds then replace. That'll erase all the things in dynamic memory and let you start over. USE ONLY AS A LAST RESORT, other problems will surface.
Ed in Texas

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October 8, 2011 at 08:09:29

If both the power-on password and the supervisor password are set, do the following to remove the passwords:

1. Press and hold F1 to power on the computer.
2. Enter the supervisor password. The Easy-Setup menu appears.
3. Click the Password icon.
4. Click the Power on icon.
5. Enter the supervisor password and press the Space bar.
6. Press Enter twice.
7. Click Exit then click Restart.

Not sure if this is model-specific or not, but worth a try.

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October 8, 2011 at 08:19:20
Ed in Texas,

He's talking about the hard drive password. Windows accounts have nothing to do with that. Removing the CMOS batery in a laptop won't erase the password either.

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October 8, 2011 at 15:32:39
I think Sci-Guy has it.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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October 8, 2011 at 16:17:30

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November 16, 2011 at 14:00:58
I had the same problem on my acer, my solution:
in BIOS I chose "Set new hdd passwort", entered the old one and pressed 3 times enter
(I set an empty new pw)

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January 22, 2012 at 10:07:35
It's amazing, in fact overwhelming how many of you so called experts missed the boat again! All of your answer's about the "bios" & battery idea's have NOTHING to do with the question! And those comments will NEVER fix the problem.

The question deals with the HARD DRV password problem which as some of you do properly say, is embedded in the "hard drv on board chips software" designed by the manufacturers to preserve the integrity of the data on the hd, due to theft. Unless it has been publicly released, there is no software to "breakthrough" the encryption to allow "deleting" the current password(s), whether they are the middle or high level security setting, without losing your data, or even access the drv

NO reformatting, trying to change partitions, none of it works because you can't get access. If you know the password(s), & if you can get into the BIOS settings, some of them do allow a way to change, or delete the existing password(s). BUT you have to know it/them 1st!

Sure you can request & with proper proof of ownership of a drv send it back to the computer manufacturer, i.e., DELL, IBM, HP, G/WAY, LENOVO, ACER, etc but it isn't cheap & you may or may not lose all your data!

Now there is a software that you can by, (hard to find), that will also do this, but again, you will lose all your data, & it MUST be loaded into ram BEFORE you can get access to the "password protected & don't know the password" drv.

But then is it really worth it? Another reason that "full backups" are critical. Compare to what you paid for that tiny little drv then, & a good used replacemnt today, or even much larger capacity, why bother? Besides all that my research has found that even changing the drv pc board won't work, HUMMMMM

I know some of these things because I do this for a living as some of the others do. So the next before some of you want to offer your opinions, READ THE QUESTION over & over until YOU understand what is being asked!

And that's all folks, gotta go

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January 23, 2012 at 12:08:56
It's amazing that you're replying to a post that is over 4 months old.

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