Since posting this last night, I've successfully softmodded my 120GB WD hd, so I'm fresh and familiar with the process needed.
Since I don't have a computer that has a master IDE PATA connection, I can't run xboxhdm1.9. I'm sure you all aren't familiar with xboxhdm2.1, but if you are, bear with the explanation.
QUOTE(obcd @ Dec 11 2009, 06:26 AM)
Since your harddisk is locked, you will need to unlock it first before you can do other things with it.
There is no partition program that will be able to break the lock.
As you could lock your harddisk with the xboxhdm 2.1 software, it should also be the one able to unlock that drive again.
I've tried this using xboxhd2 (the first tool used in xboxhdm2.1). When running it, I see the options:
- Unlock hd
- Start part 2 of process using xboxhdm <- this loads xboxhdm in a QEMU environment, mounting the drives appropriately
- Lock hd
I select option #1, unlock hd. This worked with both my original drive and my WD hd. With the 160GB Samsung (the one I borked), it returns the error message "/dev/hda : no such file or directory" and tells me to shutdown and reconnect the drive.
If I select #2 with the Samsung, it tells me that the /dev/hda image isn't mounted or some such.
It seems that Slax isn't properly configuring the drive to be used upon booting. When I boot Slax with a working locked drive, it gives me a few I/O errors on the screen and scrolls by slowly enough for me to read them, but I can still unlock the drive using xboxhd2. When I boot Slax with the Samsung connected, I notice errors referring to it, but they scroll by way too fast for me to read, indicating that it's a different kind of error than a simple locked drive. If the errors would be helpful in identifying the problem and someone can tell me how to dump the boot log to a file (or where it is if done so automatically), I can post it.
I'd like to low-level format the drive and start anew, but I don't know how to do that without mounting it first in linux or dos. As it seems to have a corrupted partition table, Slax and Gparted can't mount it during boot (pure speculation on my part).