Help in recovering data from laptop(IBM Thinkpad) as the Win 2000 admin password is no more valid due to domain change

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I tried changing the domain of my laptop(IBM Thinkpad) Windows 2000 and my account has been completely locked out.The data that resides in my laptop is critical and I need to recover it? Is there a tool available to recover the data.Since it's a IBM Thinkpad the boot floppy wouldn't work for recovering the data.Please help me in this as it is urgent
Question by:raji_bala
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    Hi Sajuks,
    Will this work even for laptops?

    Thanks and Regards,
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    yup, 'vnt tested it on an ibm laptop :-) but yes its wil lwork cos it depends on OS and not type.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    A good backup to have in case something like this happens is a Knoppix CD - Knoppix is a version of linux that runs entirely off the CD.  You boot up and you should get network access.  Then you can use a variety of methods to retrieve your data (Knoppix will read NTFS).  Knoppix is free an I would suggest downloading it from

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    Go to ebay and get a usb drive that you can put your laptop drive in to and then plug it into another pc and you will be able to get all the data off. They only cost about £15 and are a very usefull device to have.
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Just throwing this out their, you might have already tried it. But here goes.

    Reboot the computer.
    When the Logon screen appears.
    Click on the [Options] Button.
    And try choose another account.
    instead of the Domain that you have just created, Try logging
    On to the "Default Computer Account"

    This should get you back in with no problems.
    As long as you remember the password.
    you will want to type in:

    Administrator   |  and the password that goes with it.

    Good Luck
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    I'd recommend a split among sajuks & leew
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    by:Wayne Barron
    The Information that I provided in this issue is what I have had to use on several systems.

    Recommending himself and Leew
    As the only person(s) to receive points on this issue.

    I deserve some of the Split as well.

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