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Access to an old 2.5" IDE laptop hard drive with ATAPI password [migrated]

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http://serverfault.com – I have an old 2.5" IDE hard drive taking off Acer Ferrari 4000. I set a password for the hard-drive in BIOS. Laptop broke now I have only the hard drive - I remember the password. Yet, I tried putting the hard-drive to another laptop (Thinkpad A21m) but it didn't recognize the hard-drive and complained about "no hard drive found". I also asked in a computer repair shop and the technician told me he would try to reset the password in his old laptop (acer or asus) but it didn't recognize the hard drive either. I have a usb box for the hard drive so when I remove the password I'm OK to go. Any (HowTos)