Need to unlock harddrive without my xbox

kodiak555

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Hey guys,

I have an xbox v1.6 w/ x3.0. I locked the harddrive so I could use xbox live still. My xbox took a major dump. Its a long story but basically the xbox is fried. The harddrive I locked was 300 gigs and I need to unlock it. Is this still possible or do I have a 300gb paper weight?

Any help is much appreciated :D
 

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Hopefully you locked it using config magic. If so, the master password is Team Assembly I think from memory. You can use this along with some software that you will find online.

Doa quick search on the forum the info is all here. some good threadsa around. Even if you didn't use config magic it is still possible. There was a thread hanging around last week with a succssful unlock. Sorry i am running late and don't have the time just now to find the link. If you have not got it sorted by tomorrow i'll have a look for you.

Cheers
 

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You either needed to have locked it with ConfigMagic, or have a backup of the EEPROM from the Xbox accessible.

If you have neither then no - it's a paperweight.

Martin
 

kodiak555

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I have been checking the threads and just cant find anything close to my situation. I have seen some that just ask how to unlock harddrives but their xbox still works. I was not fortunate enough to use configmagic so I might be doomed. I heard a rumor that X3 chips keep the password on the chip itself. Probably a rumor. Any other ways to keep my 300 gig alive?

-Kodiak
 

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u wouldnt be able to use the way of using the utils, hdddisable and unlock (i assume u wrote down/backed up ur keys) u run the unlock and there is a guide which tells how 2 use on ur comp. jus do everything except format it. then put it in a new xbox and lock it again.idk if u will be able to play LIVE! but,its worth a try to get ur saves and stuff.
 

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a94060 said:
u wouldnt be able to use the way of using the utils, hdddisable and unlock (i assume u wrote down/backed up ur keys) u run the unlock and there is a guide which tells how 2 use on ur comp. jus do everything except format it. then put it in a new xbox and lock it again.idk if u will be able to play LIVE! but,its worth a try to get ur saves and stuff.
Noone writes down their keys any more !! FlashBIOS / Evox dash does the locking automatically, so there's nothing to see.

Martin
 

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Martin C said:
Taken from the post you linked...



Which nicely ties in with what I said earlier:



Martin
Also taken from that link...

No idea if that works, but in response to j0siah again, LiveInfo successfully game me the correct unlock key for a drive that i DID NOT have the eeprom.bin file for.
I'm not trying to be difficult, just offering suggestions since it is stated that it can be done. :)
True, unconfirmed source..... oh well
 

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I think that a more educated user base is the answer to the problem. If people would just research properly when they put bigger drives in they would know the precautions that need to be taken. I personally lock my drives with config magic, write down the unlock keys, save the x3 info and ftp it off my xbox, then finally backup the eeprom. This process takes all of 5 minutes but would save people hours of hassle at a later date should the worst ever happen.

P.S. This is not a specific criticism of you Kodiak555, I just hope others will take on board the above suggestions, good luck trying to recover the Harddrive.
 
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I have tried to unlock a HD locked by the Xbox and it is very difficult. I am stopped at the systems BIOS because it does not have the password and thus does not install the drive. I even tried a PCI ATA add-on card and it still will not initialize it. Therefore, if you did not back up your EEPROM it’s a paperweight.



READ ON ABOUT THE PASSWORD THAT HAUNTS US ALL:



This is called a ATA-password. Also known as a HDD Password, HDP, Security lock, HDD Security feature. It is a standard included in the ATA Specification. If a drive is locked it (to be precise the controller on the harddrive pcb) will reject all read/write operations and some other operations (NOT ALL!!!). Thus, it is impossible to use any software-tools only to read/wipe the password.

Swapping the harddrive pcb with another identical one from an unlocked drive will NOT clear or bypass the lock since the password(s) are stored in the "system maintenance cylinder" (at cylinder address 16,384). On this cylinder are other important data stored like: track-layout information, calibration information, identification, serial and so forth.

The lock exists of two security levels: high and max. There are two passwords possible: User and Master. If the security level is set to MAX, only a user password can unlock the drive. If the security level is set to high a user AND a master password can unlock the drive. The password can consist of 32 bits max by the way.


Hope this clears it up:D
 

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Rookio said:
Also taken from that link...



I'm not trying to be difficult, just offering suggestions since it is stated that it can be done. :)
True, unconfirmed source..... oh well
Either the guy got lucky or something other than this was done.

Here's why: The unlock key is generated from the HDD Key found in the EEPROM.BIN. Without it, you won't get a valid unlock key.

Martin
 

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Just learnt something

That was a well written post, I had a hotswap go wrong during a power failure.
The first thing on my mind was to back everything up but obviously I didnt get the chance, now I'm stuck with an unresponsive drive (error 07), which may or may not be recoverable, I bought the Xecuter 3 CE so when It arrives perhaps there will be some hope in sourcing my eeprom, and the hddkey.
The world needs more posts like yours.

Thanks :)
 
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That was a well written post, I had a hotswap go wrong during a power failure.
The first thing on my mind was to back everything up but obviously I didnt get the chance, now I'm stuck with an unresponsive drive (error 07), which may or may not be recoverable, I bought the Xecuter 3 CE so when It arrives perhaps there will be some hope in sourcing my eeprom, and the hddkey.
The world needs more posts like yours.

Thanks :)
You've double-posted and I've already answered the other one! Please don't double-post :)

Martin
 

ebolla

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kodiak555 said:
Hey guys,

I have an xbox v1.6 w/ x3.0. I locked the harddrive so I could use xbox live still. My xbox took a major dump. Its a long story but basically the xbox is fried. The harddrive I locked was 300 gigs and I need to unlock it. Is this still possible or do I have a 300gb paper weight?

Any help is much appreciated :D
http://www.xbox-scene.com/tools/tools.php?page=harddrive#newsitemEpFVEFZllEVMUtVboU

There is a program you can use IF you run linux to find the password used to lock the HDD without the XBoX. It is called {Hard Disk Password Viewer}.

Hope this helps.
 

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ebolla said:
http://www.xbox-scene.com/tools/tools.php?page=harddrive#newsitemEpFVEFZllEVMUtVboU

There is a program you can use IF you run linux to find the password used to lock the HDD without the XBoX. It is called {Hard Disk Password Viewer}.

Hope this helps.
Maybe you should read up on what this utility does.

"Does: Gives the password for your X-Box hard disk!
Doesn't: Unlock the disk. Allow you to lock another disk"

If the HDD is locked then the only way to access the data is to unlock it. The only way to unlock it (realistically) is to know the password.

You can get it unlocked by a specialist company, but the cost would be more than treble the cost of the drive (at the very least).

Martin
 

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Martin C said:
Maybe you should read up on what this utility does.

"Does: Gives the password for your X-Box hard disk!
Doesn't: Unlock the disk. Allow you to lock another disk"

If the HDD is locked then the only way to access the data is to unlock it. The only way to unlock it (realistically) is to know the password.

You can get it unlocked by a specialist company, but the cost would be more than treble the cost of the drive (at the very least).

Martin
Maybe you should read what I typed next time.

Here let me repeat for you since you seem intent on not fully reading my replies or perhaps are totally misunderstanding them.

There is a program you can use IF you run linux to find the password used to lock the HDD without the XBoX

Let me clarify it. THE PROGRAM LETS YOU FIND THE PASSWORD USED TO LOCK THE HDD.

Now if you pull up that link and look at the 2nd program ABOVE this one you will find a tool to unlock/lock/disable HDD's used in xbox's.

Martin You were awesome when I was asking for help. Now you have either belittled me or decided to not RWIFT. I don't know what your problem is but you have now lost a great deal of respect from me. Please do not continue making yourself look back. You do have a lot of knowledge that can be VERY useful.
 

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ebolla said:
Maybe you should read what I typed next time.

Here let me repeat for you since you seem intent on not fully reading my replies or perhaps are totally misunderstanding them.

There is a program you can use IF you run linux to find the password used to lock the HDD without the XBoX

Let me clarify it. THE PROGRAM LETS YOU FIND THE PASSWORD USED TO LOCK THE HDD.

Now if you pull up that link and look at the 2nd program ABOVE this one you will find a tool to unlock/lock/disable HDD's used in xbox's.

Martin You were awesome when I was asking for help. Now you have either belittled me or decided to not RWIFT. I don't know what your problem is but you have now lost a great deal of respect from me. Please do not continue making yourself look back. You do have a lot of knowledge that can be VERY useful.
Then I will repeat what I said.

THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE PASSWORD FROM THE HDD IS IF THE HDD IS ALREADY UNLOCKED.

If it were possible to read the password from a locked HDD, it would be worth a LOT of money.

Frankly I don't care what you think of me. I've spent the morning deleting needless posts of yours since you chose not to read the entire thread. Your posts are pointless and rude.

Any more crap from you and you can sit silent for a week.

Martin
 

ebolla

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Martin C said:
Then I will repeat what I said.

THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE PASSWORD FROM THE HDD IS IF THE HDD IS ALREADY UNLOCKED.

If it were possible to read the password from a locked HDD, it would be worth a LOT of money.

Frankly I don't care what you think of me. I've spent the morning deleting needless posts of yours since you chose not to read the entire thread. Your posts are pointless and rude.

Any more crap from you and you can sit silent for a week.

Martin
Excuse me? All my posts have answered the questions asked. Now being that app is linux based I figured from the description it would brute force the password. Which is a very common way of gaining a password.

My posts have been informative. Yours have in insulting. Please don't abuse your powers as a moderator. And to be frank I post to help people not to insult them unlike what you have been doing to me today. So if you "make me sit silent for a week" you will only prove me right.

Don't threaten. It is demeaning. I have not violated any rules or forum ettiquete.

And it is good to see how the moderators treat CUSTOMERS of Team Xecuter.
 

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No - most of your posts (of which I've deleted today) have just repeated what others had already written.

What makes you think a HDD can be hacked any more with a PC running Linux? Have you actually done this, since you're the one insisting it can be done even though the guy specifically states that it WON'T.

Your posts have been repetitive and seriously misinformed. So much so I've had to remove them. Anyone who posts crap information gets their posts removed. You've failed on a number of occasions to actually read the previous posts, the result just being that you posted exactly what someone else had said.

Don't start a war with me over this - just read before replying to a thread!

Martin
 

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