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IBM T20 Boot questions///windows 2000

i cannot log on to windows 2000 due to password failure so am looking to boot to cd to try password recovery program (which may or may not work) or go directly to c: prompt to copy directories to an external media

i have not been able to do either despite all sorts of attempts

any suggestions would be welcome


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Can it boot from USB memory sticks?

In reply to: IBM T20 Boot questions///windows 2000

When I found a laptop that could not boot from CD I tried my Linux DSL (damn small linux) USB memory key ( for info) and was able to boot up and network to a server to copy out files. covers the free methods and the pay method is at

If the machine has hardware failures you either fix the machine or pull the hard disk out to put into a desktop using a 2.5 to 3.5 inch hard disk adapter.

Solutions are plentiful.


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Boot from memory stick for IBM T20

In reply to: Can it boot from USB memory sticks?

I have not been able to boot from the memory stick or the CD. I have looked at the sites you referenced and anticipate they will be of assistance once I can get to the C: prompt. Any other ideas would be appreciated.


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Looks like you need the machine repaired.

In reply to: Boot from memory stick for IBM T20

Since CD and USB boot fails, the laptop must be in rough shape. Pulling the hard disk is next to get your files off the drive on some desktop.

Sorry to read your laptop is failing.


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Machine repaired

In reply to: Looks like you need the machine repaired.

I was afraid of that. Thanks for checking in.

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