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How do I unlock Xbox hard drive for PC?

by Michael45512 / February 2, 2013 3:19 AM PST

Hello,

When I took out a hard drive out of an Xbox and put it in a PC, I couldn't see it. I later found out that the drive was by default locked and a PC couldn't access it.

Is there any way I could unlock it? Thanks.

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This is the XBox, not the 360?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2013 3:31 AM PST

Frankly I rarely see folk do more than recycle those old 10GB drives. Given you can get some USB memory stick for less money than the drive adapter why not put it back into the old XBox and use it?
Bob

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Scratch that: I want to wipe the drive completely clean.
by Michael45512 / February 2, 2013 6:31 AM PST

I'm throwing away my old Xbox and I salvaged the hard drive. I plan to dedicate it for PC use. It's currently plugged in to my PC through IDE cables as a slave drive.

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Then try DBAN and then it's blank. Ready for use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2013 6:40 AM PST
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Could I boot DBAN from USB?
by Michael45512 / February 2, 2013 6:56 AM PST

I don't have a blank CD I can burn to.

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(NT) Only if you used google to find that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 11:51 PM PST
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DBAN doesn't serve my needs.
by Michael45512 / February 4, 2013 7:01 AM PST

I don't just need to wipe the drive clean, I have to totally reformat it from the FATX file system to the NTFS file system. Here are my circumstances:

1. The hard drive is locked. I need to unlock it.
2. My Xbox doesn't work, so I can't use it to help me.
3. I need to unlock and/or completely reformat it using only the computer.
4. I am setting up the hard drive for PC use.

Anything will help. Thank you.

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Then you have to use prior discussions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2013 7:13 AM PST
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unlock Xbox hard drive for PC
by A-Ahmad / May 12, 2014 5:26 AM PDT

I DONT KNOW WHETHER YOU GUYS HAVE UNLOCKED YOUR XBOX HDD OR NOT BUT I JUST FIGURED OUT AN EASIEST WAY TO DO SO.. CONNECT XBOX WITH YOUR COMPUTER USB CABLE OR WHICH EVER WAY IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU. USE BOOTABLE PARTITION MAGIC CD/DVD TO BOOT THE COMPUTER/LAPTOP. WHEN YOU GET TO PARTITION MAGIC, JUST CREATE AND FORMAT THE XBOX HDD. JOB IS DONE!
NOW WHENEVER YOU CONNECT IT TO PC YOU CAN USE IT AS EXTRA SPACE OR AS A USB.

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