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does supervisor password sets master hard drive password?

2014-06-28, 18:08 PM

On lost or forgotten password - ThinkPad General we read "setting a supervisor password automatically sets the master hard drive password". This one is a powerful feature that allows administrators recovering disks whose user password has been set to an unknown string.

 

Does this feature applies to old systems too, let us say T40 and X40-series ThinkPads, or only to new ones?

 

If this feature does not apply to old systems is there a way to set a master password (only a master password, not a user one) on the drives of these old ThinkPads? Up to my knowledge the only choices are user password or master + user password. My goal is providing a mean to recover control on a drive whose user password has been set without requiring users provide a password each time the computer is booted.

 

Thanks!

 

Edit: found a reference to supervisor password setting a master hard drive password automatically from march 2008, however I am interested in computers from 2004 up to 2006.

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Re: does supervisor password sets master hard drive password?

2014-06-28, 18:37 PM

wrote:

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Does this feature applies to old systems too, let us say T40 and X40-series ThinkPads, or only to new ones?

 

If this feature does not apply to old systems is there a way to set a master password (only a master password, not a user one) on the drives of these old ThinkPads? Up to my knowledge the only choices are user password or master + user password. My goal is providing a mean to recover control on a drive whose user password has been set without requiring users provide a password each time the computer is booted.

 

Thanks!

 


AFAIK, on the old systems such as T4x/X4x one must set both the user and the master password.

Cheers,

George




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Re: does supervisor password sets master hard drive password?

2014-06-28, 18:37 PM

wrote:

.

 

Does this feature applies to old systems too, let us say T40 and X40-series ThinkPads, or only to new ones?

 

If this feature does not apply to old systems is there a way to set a master password (only a master password, not a user one) on the drives of these old ThinkPads? Up to my knowledge the only choices are user password or master + user password. My goal is providing a mean to recover control on a drive whose user password has been set without requiring users provide a password each time the computer is booted.

 

Thanks!

 


AFAIK, on the old systems such as T4x/X4x one must set both the user and the master password.

Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

Non-ThinkPads: Panasonic CF-31 & CF-52, HP 8760W




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Re: does supervisor password sets master hard drive password?

2014-06-28, 18:58 PM

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AFAIK, on the old systems such as T4x/X4x one must set both the user and the master password.


Thanks. Being able to set a master password without a user one on these old computers was too good to be true. At least the expensive SSD on my T430s is safe.

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