Getting into old laptop

Getting into old laptop

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:01 pm

I have an old laptop that I forgot the password to open it.

Is there a way that I can get into the hard drive to check what is on there before I wipe it clean prior to disposing it ???? There might be some old pics that I wouldn't want destroyed along with old bank records.

Thanks,



Rick
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: tsb On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:08 pm

Pull the hard drive and get a USB adapter for it.

Tom
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: k9 Bara On: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:28 pm

Get a Bart PE disc, (google it) it has a lock smith option. Gets you right in....

If you do get one it is a very useful tool for many things. Great for virus removal, boot issues, ETC...

Good luck
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:20 am

If it's XP Home and you have not set the administrators password which is typical you can boot into safe mode and change the password for account. :o

Otherwise I would recommend Knoppix for this but not so sure if it' going to work on Laptop.

http://www.knoppix.org/
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: djackman On: Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:52 am

I'll 2nd the USB drive adapter as the easiest way in but there's plenty of password removal utilties if you don't have a cable handy. This is the one I carry:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: wlape3 On: Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:01 am

If you don't have a USB adapter you can sometimes use a regular ATA ribbon cable on a PC. I used this to fix a laptop hard drive a few months ago. I also recommend the program ERASER. It's free and does a great job of wiping info from a hard drive without much effort. Just reformating or repartioning a drive WILL NOT get rid of the info. You just won't see it anymore but it is still accessible with the right software.
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Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:16 pm

Thanks for the replies.

Shortly after posting that I had to hit the rack as I was leaving for Salisbury MD at 0-dark-thirty (5:00 AM)

No way did I expect all of the replies so quick. I'll be looking into getting a cable to attach to the hard drive. Is that something that Radio Shack or a big box store would stock ??

Thanks again

(ETA the laptop is administrator locked)


Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Getting into old laptop

PostBy: wlape3 On: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:29 pm

You can still take control of the files in WinXP if you are an Admin on the other PC. Let me know if you need help doing it.

A ribbon cable is in nearly every PC that's more than a few years old. Old IDE drives, CDROMs and DVDs used them among other devices.
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