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how to unlock a hdd - hard drive and xbox unlocking
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how to unlock a hdd - hard drive and xbox unlocking


A hard disk drive may be come locked or unlocked allowing or not allowing for software to have direct disk access. You may encounter an error indicating to unlock the hard disk drive in any of the below circumstances.

  1. Attempting to install another operating system.
  2. Attempting to fdisk the hard drive.
  3. Installing software.


To unlock the hard disk drive

unlock x:

The x represents the letter of the hard disk drive that you wish to unlock. For example, if you needed to unlock the C: drive, type c in the place of x.

To lock the hard disk drive

lock x:

.The x represents the letter of the hard disk drive that you wish to lock. For example, if you needed to lock the C: drive, type c in the place of x.


LOCK [drive:]

drive:Specifies the drive that needs tobe locked.

UNLOCK [drive:]

drive:Specifies the drive that needs tobe unlocked.


lock c: - This would lock the C: drive

When typing the above command you will receive the below prompt.

WARNING: The LOCK command enables direct access by programs
that can CORRUPT file names and/or DESTROY disk data, resulting in the
loss of files on your disk.

Are you sure (Y/N)?

unlock c: - This would unlock the C: drive

It is important to know that if errors occur indicating that a process, such as fdisk or a setup of a new program or operating system, cannot continue because the hard disk drive is locked, that using the unlock command will resolve this issue. 


most xbox hard drives have 6 partitions... 1 - is the system files (Dashboard(the OS), 2 - savegame data which also holds patches, levels, etc, 3 - unused(only on unmodified hds), 4, 5, 6 are caching partions for game data. 7th is available when using a hd bigger than 120 gigs, and comes after 3.

there are plenty of ways to get access to the data on there, trust me ;)
and upgrading a HD can be done on the box without even having a mod chip, trust me on this one too ;)

>>Access to this would presumably give away something that M$ is paranoid about.
Yeah... holes in security

Since the XBOX HDD has the ATA Security feature enabled, you\'ll need to unlock it before you attempt to image it. This is the cable swap method. Setup your XBOX and your PC right next to each other, such that the PCs available IDE drive cable, and power connector can reach the XBOX HDD.

* Connect an available power connector from the PCs power supply to the XBOX HDD.
* Connect the IDE cable from XBOX to the the XBOX HDD.
* Power up the PC and hit the "Pause" key before it autotypes the drives.
* Power up the Xbox to the idle Dashboard.
* During the Xbox startup, the Xbox transmits the password via the ATA Unlock Command, and the drive is unlocked.
* Now, carefully disconnect the Xbox IDE cable from the Xbox hd.
* Plug the PC IDE cable into the Xbox hd.
* Hit any key on the PC keyboard to let it continue to boot.
* Now the drive is unlocked and reconnected to the PC, ready for read(/write?) operations.

If this is infact an xbox harddrive, depending on what the person before you did with it... it might be possible to unlock it.  I have 2 suggestions.  First you\'ll need

put that on a dos boot disk... boot from it, and run the prog... once you do you should be presented with a list of hdd\'s on the system... select the locked drive from the list.

now you will be presented with some options...
(time for a side note: if this drive infact has come from an xbox, then there should be no master code set, the xbox only uses the user password option...)
so try setting a master password and then try unlocking the hd with it... (there might be an option for disabling lock, use if available since the drive will relock upon rebooting)

option number 2 (consider yourself lucky if this does) if the person you received the drive from has locked/unlocked it on an xbox with a utility called "ConfigMagic" the master password would be set to "TEAMASSEMBLY" <--CaSe SeNsItIvE

Hope this helps... only other way is with a copy of the eeprom of the xbox this drive came out of...

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