So there's this 2011 make Lenovo Z570 laptop that had a water spill about a month ago, after which it would not boot. I could turn it on by pressing the power button, but the boot screen won't show up. In an attempt to recover the data, I unscrewed the laptop, took the hard disk drive out and put it in an external enclosure, hoping to boot it from another system. The OS (I tried Windows and Linux) on the new system shows the external hard disk as unallocated space. It can not read any data on the drive.
The hard disk within the original laptop had an HDD password set through the bios menu. My guess is that the drive could be unreadable in the new system because of the password.
However, I do not know how to try unlocking the drive. Any suggestions on how to recover the data are welcome.
For the record, my hard disk had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 installed on it.
Edited by prishur, 12 December 2015 - 10:17 PM.