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#1 kaptainkaffeine

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 06:30 AM

I was trying to TSOP flash my new xbox tonight and things did not go as well as I'd hoped. I soldered the points (hopefully correctly) and began the process of trying to unlock the xbox's hard drive, making it and my opticals the only IDE devices plugged into the mobo.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take out the hard drives connected to the SI PCI IDE controller card. For whatever reason, some program that ran in the xlinux startup got a hold of that drive and proceeded to try and unlock one, I guess. The end result is that the drive is no longer detected by windows, the BIOS, or the controller card.

It seems reasonable that the data is still there, as nothing was written to the drive. I initially thought that a partition recovery was all that was necessary. However, a partition recovery doesn't seem possible when the drive isn't even detected. Please help, I had lots of good stuff on that drive. Plus, it's a 120GB Maxtor (not cheap). Thank you.

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 10:12 AM

What type of drive is it?

#3 kaptainkaffeine

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 03:17 PM

It's a Maxtor 120GB 7200 RPM drive. I don't think it's got the 8MB cache.

edit: More specifically: DiamondMax Plus 9

Edited by kaptainkaffeine, 25 May 2004 - 03:35 PM.


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Posted 26 May 2004 - 12:56 AM

It sounds like the drive was locked by this process, which causes it not to be bootable, since the system cannot unlock it.

You can try making it the only drive on your PC and then unlocking it.

Try 1 as a password also run atapwd to double check it's status.

Otherwise you are SOL.

If you google there is a page where they purport to be able to unlock a locked drive for a fee and it's done over the web.

#5 kaptainkaffeine

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 06:26 AM

QUOTE (opjose @ May 26 2004, 02:56 AM)
It sounds like the drive was locked by this process, which causes it not to be bootable, since the system cannot unlock it.

You can try making it the only drive on your PC and then unlocking it.

How would I go about doing that? Same hard drive hotswap trick as to unlock an xbox drive?


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Posted 26 May 2004 - 06:28 AM

No, see the drive locking tutorials.




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