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Xbox hardrive unlocking hitachi/ibm

Been given an xbox h/drive hitachi/ibm 82.3gb but i cant format it for use on my pc as it is locked with a password?? (great job billmicrosoft gates) can anyone help? i tried googling it with no luck hdd unlock wizard/hdd low level format tool both failed to help any input would be

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Assuming this hard drive came from a modded xbox 1 (not xbox 360) the simplest way to unlock the drive is to put it back in the xbox it was locked on and unlock it using evox or avalaunch dashboard or depending on the mod chip installed on the xbox there are some bios utilities that will do the same (the unlock key is dependent on the EEPROM of that particular xbox). If the box was softmodded the original dashboard files would have to be on the hard drive to allow the system to boot and then once you unlock it on that box it will no longer boot on the box as softmodded boxes require locked drives.

A good resource for further information are the forums and/or tutorials at

Considering a 1 Terrabyte drive costs just over $100 (and some smaller capacities for less than $50) it may be better just to hang the HD from your Christmas tree as a decoration (or use it as a bookend) and splurge for a new drive. If the time investment is of no concern then the solution offered above should unlock the drive so you can use it.

Hope that helps!

Posted on Dec 23, 2008


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