Thanks Manolis for your response.
This disk is running freebsd but it's from iomega software company on an 
unsupported raid controller product of theirs.  I can't get any help from them 
even for a price.
I could boot up the disk in single user but at the login prompt I can't type 
anything, even if I boot up in multi user mode.  That's why I was trying the cd 
path hoping I could get in that way.  Yes I think my console may been marked as 
'insecure' in /etc/ttys that's why I am not able to get in as you said.
I try the options you gave me below and see what I could find.

Thanks much

# mukarram

 Mukarram Syed

----- Original Message ----
From: Manolis Kiagias <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Mukarram Syed <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 12:12:17 AM
Subject: Re: Recovering root password from a drive by mounting the cdrom

Mukarram Syed wrote:
> Thanks for this response and others.
> However, my problem does not look to be so simple.
> I boot off the install cd and get into the fixit prompt.
> I dmesg | less and get the device name that I think is my hard drive /dev/ad0.
> I fdisk /dev/ad0 and get information about 3 slices.  I am think /dev/ad0 
> slice 3 is the root file system because slice 3 has a greatest amount of disk 
> space and that looks like my root partition
> Then I ls -l /dev |grep ad0 and it spits out a number for /dev/ad0 like ad0s0 
> ad0s1 ad0s3 etc.
> I am assuming /dev/ad0s3 is slice 3 which I believe it to be my root 
> partition.
> So I mount it:
> mount /dev/ad0s3 /mnt
> I do a df -k and find that /mnt has 0 bytes available.  To check I cd /mnt 
> and ls and don't find any data in it.
> I check/dev/ad0s2 /dev/ad0s1 in the same way.  None of it has any data.
> I guess there is something else that I am missing at this point.
> Can anyone advise.
> Thanks
> # mukarram
>  Mukarram Syed

There must be something wrong if  don't see any partitions in any of the 
slices. You should see something like

ad0s1a, ad0s1d, ad0s1f ...

Are you able to boot the server normally, from its own disk?
Are you able to boot into single user mode, by selecting it from the 
boot menu?

If you can boot into single user mode, you can change the password 
immediately by doing something like:

mount -o rw  /
mount -a
(then exit and boot will continue)

If you are asked for a root password when going into single user mode, 
your console has been marked as 'insecure' in /etc/ttys. You will need 
to boot with the live CD, mount the root partition and change /etc/ttys, 
then reboot in single user mode and change the password. This is the 
easiest way IMHO. If you are not asked for a password when getting into 
single user mode, you don't need the live CD at all.
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