I found a computer my old housemate left behind in our storage closet and I claimed it. It runs on Windows 7 Professional. I booted it up and I can only log into Windows as a guest, as he set a password on his admin account. I have lost touch with him so I cannot ask him for the pw. So I cannot uninstall or install anything without the pw on the guest account. There are also no software or any recover disks with the computer when I found it.
I ran ophcrack to try to get or bypass the pw, but it failed. The result, “there were no tables found” by the program.
Tried then doing a clean install with my own copy of Windows 7, but hit a roadblock when it says “no drives were found” for me to install the Windows 7 on.
At the Windows 7 installation screen, I hit shift + f10, and do “diskpart" and “list disks”. It lists disk 0, disk 1, disk 2, disk 3 and all their status are listed as “no media” and sizes and free space all listed at zero bytes. When I entered command prompt, it started with X:\ rather than C:\ .
Went to BIOS to see if it there are hard drives there, disk 0 – disk 3 are all listed with drives installed, all SATA. Also when I in Windows at a guest, I could see all four hard drives from My Computer. Yet they don't show up when I tried installing windows or doing a lisk disk in command prompt.
Any other ways I can deal with this? Throwing in a new hard drive in there will be my last resort.
The computer is a Lenovo Thinkstation D20.