Question about IBM TravelStar 40GN 40 GB Hard Drive

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Lost Master Harddrive Password

I have a ThinkPad T30 which had a 40G TravelStar.  About a year ago I removed the 40G travelstar and put in a 30G WD intending to maintain the data on the 40G TravelStar.  The reason was to use the T30 to help record stats at the Great Florida ShootOut basketball tournament.  I never did put the 40G TS back into the T30 until last week.  The bad news is I had a Harddrive password on it, a user and a master.   Now I want to blow away all data on that 40G Travelstar (which I have done by installing Windows XP Pro) and just use it as a data drive in a 2.5" USB 2.0 enclosure.  I have the User hdd password and can now boot up the new Windows XP but I can't get rid of the harddrive password.  I thought formatting the drive during the install process of Windows XP Pro would clean it out but it did not.  Is there some way I can recover/diable the Master HDP so I can disable the Hard Disk Password during boot up?

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  • FLChazz Oct 14, 2007

    Hey Beni S-P,  I have gotten the Hirem BootCD downloaded and created but havn't yet found which of these utilities are going to remove/reset the Master HDD Password.  I tried to UnLock then ReSet it but that didn't work.  There are a lot of Utilities and I just haven't had the time to get through them all just yet but appreciate you pointing to this Boot CD (the version I found was 9.2).


    Still working on the problem of eliminating the Master HDD Password.


  • FLChazz Oct 16, 2007

    Thanks for trying.  I'll just buy a new harddrive.



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First chek in BIOS if exsist CHANGE HDD PASSWORD if not use download somwhere HIREN BOOT CD v8.2.Let me know if u got help;)

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