HARD DRIVE ISSUES
With my particular hard drive (Seagate ST9100824A 100GB 2.5"), no other tools (Linux and/or Dos) could lock it properly.
- ATAPWD doesn't allow extended ascii characters so I couldn't enter in decimal numbers past 127.
- LOCKHD said "Device Not Ready" (I made the properly changes to my BIOS and put it on the ide cable at boot menu).
- LOCKHD (linux) said "Done!" but the drive status said the drive wasn't locked and I verified that indeed it wasn't locked.
- I tried all of these on multiple machines... same errors received and the different computers had different chipsets.
- I spent a week of free time trying to lock my hard drive
+ MHDD was the only tool that could lock my hard drive successfully, because it doesn't have to go through the BIOS to access the Hard drive.
+ MHDD supports extended ascii code, which allowed me to enter in the hex numbers to ascii up to decimal 255.
+ I used it to lock my hard drive on a PC with the Intel 875 Express chipset, a chipset that has been reported to have trouble locking hard drives.
+ UNLOCK (linux) was able to unlock my Xbox retail hard drive with the Intel 875 Express chipset PC.
NDURE SCRIPT CHANGES
1. Deleted the checks for the xbox hard drive and the cdrom at the top (XboxHDM 2.1 already checks for us).
2. Replaced every instance of the directory "xbox" with "xbox2" so it wouldn't interfere with the Flash drive mount to the "xbox" directory. In other words, I found that it was installing the ndure files to my flash drive because of the "xbox" mount point.
3. Replaced every instance of the directory "CD" with "xboxhdm" so that it would point to the correct mount point.
HARD DRIVE BACKUP
+ Used XboxHDM 2.1 to backup the files from my Hard drive to my Flash Drive (16GB) using Midnight Commander (xbrowser). It froze part of the way through, because there were some errors in copying certain files.
+ Used Xplorer360 in Windows Vista with Administrator Privileges. Froze on the same files that xbrowser did, but worked great otherwise.
+ Instead of using xbrowser, I tried using the linux copy program, "cp" with:
mount -t vfat /dev/hdc1 /flash
mount -t fatx /dev/hda50 /E
cp -Rp /E /flash/backupE
Froze on the same files, but worked nonetheless for the rest of the files.
- dynebolic 1.4.1 (LiveCD) distro didn't work, because it couldn't find the fatx type
- xUbuntu (LiveCD) could've possibly worked, but didn't with my computer setup.