I just bought an Lenovo X1 Carbon (1st gen) via ebay with an unknown hard disk passwort (HDP) SSD. I can only enter the Bios when the SSD is unplugged, otherwise this icon shows up after the Lenovo-screen:

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I havent found much on the internet about a HDP (hard disk password), this is the only site I found the image at all: http://www.ja.axxs.net/read_this_first!.htm The only solution suggested there is to replace the entire SSD. As with the X1C1 it requires an adapter to plugin a new drive, which is shipped from Asia in 1-2 months. Also, such adapter only works for a new mSata/m.2 SSD to be plugged into the notebook, not to plugin the locked SSD into another board.

I already setup a Unetbootin USB drive and read about hdparm, however this requires a hot-pluggable SSD. It seems thet this notebook doesnt support this (no option for this, AHCI is enabled) as when plugging the SSD in a running Unetbnootin-USB-Ubuntu system, it isnt recognized (fdisk -l only shows the usb stick). Also changed the bootorder to boot from the USB first, but with the SSD in, the icon shows up again.

Is there a way to format the SSD?


I found this blogpost where with an password you could unlock the ssd within another pc.

I also checked some default master-passwords for the ssd (sandisk sd5sg2-256g-1052e) 'sandisk123', 'ssd123' and 'test' without any luck.

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    Did you contact the seller and ask for the password? – Attie Mar 15 '18 at 10:19
  • Did you remove the disk (as recommended by the linked page) to see if any other passwords are required? – Attie Mar 15 '18 at 10:21
  • But you wrote that you can enter the BIOS? Why would you need a hot pluggable HDD to use hdparm? Did you try to access the disc on another system? – Seth Mar 15 '18 at 11:40
  • @Seth I can enter the Bios when the SSD is unplugged, but then I cant format the SSD because it isn't recognized in Ubuntu (atleast with fdisk, I guess hot-plugging isnt available). When its plugged in, it wont boot from the Unetbootin USB, i immediately get the icon. I already changed the boot-order to USB at first, but this denst have had anny effect. I also cannot plugin the SSD into another PC as the X1C1 SSD got a nonstandard connector. – nonsensation Mar 15 '18 at 11:51
  • So you did plug in the drive after booting Ubuntu? To make it show up, try opening a terminal, run sudo -s to become root, then echo '- - -' > /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/scan to force it to look for the new drive. – psusi Mar 15 '18 at 16:34

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