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June 14th, 2010, 10:05 AM
Hi all,

My old laptop is faulty (the graphics card conked out) and I got a new laptop. I bought an SATA-to-USB external hard drive enclosure to get my data off the old laptop's hard drive, but I can't mount anything on it. That hard drive has a BIOS-set password, grub in the MBR, as well as a mix of both NTFS and ext3 partitions.

I know what the password is.

How should I get my data? Any help would be highly appreciated. Thank you!

June 14th, 2010, 10:20 AM
What OS is on the new laptop? What happens when you connect the hard drive? What happens exactly when you try mounting a partitions on that hard drive? Any errors? With the hard drive connected, post the output of sudo fdisk -l.

June 14th, 2010, 04:12 PM
The new laptop is dual-booting Kubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7.

sudo fdisk -l output only shows my internal hard drive.


dmesg output:



June 14th, 2010, 04:46 PM

I just removed the password from the disk with my old laptop. Fortunately, the faulty screen survived long enough for me to do so.

I did try to plug the hard disk into my new laptop's SATA bay, but I couldn't use it to remove the password. Could be that the two BIOSes or motherboards set the password differently.