Fix password issue on IBM Thinkpad

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Removal HHD password IBM Thinkpad x61. Upon start up password requested by means of computer with padlock icon. Remove HHD and restart, icons are still produced. presume HHD on motherboard. Where is the location of the motherboard? How do I fix this password problem?


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You can remove HDD password by following these method.

1. Remove the drive from the laptop

2. Power up the laptop and go into the bios

3. If there are any other bios related passwords set, remove them.

4.
Now, you should be able to toggle the “Use Passphrase” setting.  If it
is enabled then disable it, and if it is disabled, then enable it. 

5. Save changes and exit.

6.
Power down, re-insert the drive, and go back into the bios.  You should
now be able to make whatever changes you want to the HD password
setting.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Can you explain the circumstances? Why do you have a laptop that is so strongly protected, yet you don't have the necessary passwords?

    In general, without the password, either the HDD needs to be replaced or the current HDD needs to be run through a Secure Erase and completely reformatted. (With the right sophisticated processes, an IBM ThinkPad X61 HDD is right at the limit of what might be recovered.)

    If Secure Erase is used, be very careful not to take an option to permanently lock the HDD.
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  • TheRealRaven
    BTW, any method of removing the HDD user password that does not rely on using an HDD Administrator password will destroy all data on the HDD, including the OS and installed programs.

    Since the HDD password is stored in the HHD controller, it's hard to see how the "Answer" could possibly help. I would expect it to result in the HDD password still being in effect but the BIOS access to it being disabled.
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