I'm new to the forum. Hoping yall can shed some light on my situation.
I am refurbishing an old IBM ThinkPad 600E that I found in the dumpster (fun huh?). Anyway, I'm learning as I go and I made the rookie mistake of causing the hard drive to lock (didn't know the bios password and the manufacture backdoor password didn't work). Anyway, I was able to boot using a DSlinux CD image. The key here being that I have to pull the hard drive to boot.
What I would like to do is unlock the hard drive and format it for the installation of an OS. I thought maybe I could load a password cracker from a usb drive and get through that way. I can't actually boot with the hard drive installed so I was hoping to crack the BIOS password and boot to bios so that I could change the boot sequence. Is that an option?
If there is a shorter route, (i.e. a HD unlocking program or something similar) I would love to hear about it. Any ideas would be helpful!