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Any way to wipe a 120gb Seagate that has been locked by an v1.0 xbox?

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Any way to wipe a 120gb Seagate that has been locked by an v1.0 xbox?   I've looked over a few solutions that suggest trying this or that, but nothing has been confirmed as working (for any hdd).  I'm wondering if low level will work - or if I should just try to exchange the drive.
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Use Darik's Boot and Nuke.  That will wipe out the entire drive including any formatting.  You will have to have some method of reformatting.  For instance, Linux or Windows install disks
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sorry Here is the link
http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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There are lots of disk wiping programs including one that comes with Norton, and I'd think that any of them would work.  They will all, of course, destroy everything.  And yes, I'd think that the manufacturer's low-level diagnostics and formatting programs would do the job well also.
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IF you are good at tinkering, AND you can find the exact same drive with a crashed head, you can swap the logicboards. Not something to try for a first hardware hack project.
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I'm not sure what the mechanism used by the XBox to lock the drive is, but if it's using the IDE password feature, then you are screwed.  That technology is very, very secure, the password is recorded on the platters, swapping the board will not help.  That technology was designed to place data security above the value of the hardware, to INSURE that if the drive fell into the "wrong" hands that the data would NOT be recovered no matter what.  It's almost a "self destruct" mechanism, I've had a lot of experience with it on laptops (IBM Thinkpads in particular), and as far as I know there is NO way around it.

However, I kind of doubt that this is what they are doing.  There is no need for that type of security, and it would be a service nightmare unless every XBox was using the same password (which I'd think would have leaked).  Anything less should be capable of being dealt with.  Note:  The IDE password feature totally disables the drive -- it isn't even seen by the BIOS -- until the correct password is given.  The password command is the only command accepted until the correct password is given.  And, again, the password is stored on the platters, so swapping the board won't help.
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there is a way to do this with a boot disk and a dos based utilityI have done this a long time ago I think, im not sure you would have to put the drive in a xbox and dump the key with a utility first then put the drive in a system and boot with the dos utility and enter the key to unlock it. Check www.xbox-scene.com and look through their forums
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Thank you much.    : )
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