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November 4, 2012 3:54:53 AM

So I have a WD 1TB laptop hard drive in an external enclosure, it was put into an xbox360 and formatted to "ExFAT" (320GB partition) after I tried to reformat the drive into "NTFS" I can format the 320GB into "NTFS" but the other 700GB are missing. I have ran Chkdisk on the hard drive and it came up with no errors. I have opened it up in disk management and you can only see the one partition that is 320GB (please see picture in link). I have even ran WD's "Data Lifeguard Dianostic" with 0 success. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can recover the missing 700GB to restore the hard drive to its original condition.

*note: There is no data on the hard drive at all


http://i50.tinypic.com/2wlx2j5.jpg
November 4, 2012 4:44:51 AM

It will only reformat the 320GB partition not the full 1TB
November 4, 2012 4:48:41 AM

oh yeah i realized that after i reread what you wrote. If it's new and u can't figure it out, take it back to the shop and say it's faulty! :) 
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a c 271 G Storage
November 4, 2012 4:50:18 PM

The Xbox appears to have truncated the drive by creating a HPA.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Host_protected_area

You can restore the full factory capacity of your HDD using tools such as HDAT2, HDD Capacity Restore Tool, Hitachi's Feature Tool, MHDD.

HDD Capacity Restore Tool:
http://hddguru.com/software/2007.07.20-HDD-Capacity-Res...

HDAT2/CBL Hard Disk Repair Utility:
http://www.hdat2.com
http://www.hdat2.com/hdat2_faq.html
http://www.hdat2.com/files/cookbook_v11.pdf
November 4, 2012 11:03:02 PM

Ok so I finally figured out the problem (now I need help with a fix) so the hard drive is a WD10JPVT hard drive, but in Linux if you use "hdparm -i" it comes up with a model # of ST9320325AS which is a Seagate 320GB HDD.

I'm not sure how a Western Digital 1TB hard drive got a Seagate 320GB Hard Drive firmware on it(I mean that should have killed it), but what I do know is that I need to flash the firmware on the drive but western digital doesn't offer firmware updates on their website.

When I tried to contact them, I got put on hold for an hour then finally they hung up on me.
a c 271 G Storage
November 4, 2012 11:11:46 PM

It looks like someone may have applied HDDHackr to the WD drive to make it appear like the Seagate drive that was originally supplied with the Xbox.

There is a fix for this, but you need to be very careful. Whatever you do, DO NOT use a foreign UNDO.BIN file, even if it is from the same model. If you do, you will most probably brick your drive.

See http://community.wdc.com/t5/Desktop-Portable-Drives/Ins...
November 5, 2012 1:31:07 AM

fzabkar said:
It looks like someone may have applied HDDHackr to the WD drive to make it appear like the Seagate drive that was originally supplied with the Xbox.

There is a fix for this, but you need to be very careful. Whatever you do, DO NOT use a foreign UNDO.BIN file, even if it is from the same model. If you do, you will most probably brick your drive.

See http://community.wdc.com/t5/Desktop-Portable-Drives/Ins...



That actually makes sense, so I did some looking around and I can't find an "UNDO.BIN" file for a WD10JPVT hard drive, does anyone know exactly how HDDHackr edits the hard drive and maybe some stupid complicated way to undo the changes with out the undo.bin. Cause WD won't give me an updated firmware to flash the drive.
a c 271 G Storage
November 5, 2012 1:51:27 AM

@kburkett86, what do you not understand about "DO NOT use a foreign UNDO.BIN file, even if it is from the same model. If you do, you will most probably brick your drive"?

Everything you need to do and know is spelled out in great detail in that WD thread. I know of two people who have tried that method and succeeded. Essentially what the method involves is hacking your drive a second time, but with its original WD parameters rather than Seagate's.

Edit: If you can tell me your drive's full model number (WD10JPVT-??????), serial number, firmware version, and the number of LBAs (1,953,525,168 ?) on the label, then I will be able to modify a suitable HDDSS.BIN file for you. Then the solution will be just a few clicks for you.

FYI, this is how HDDHackr works:

HddHackr — how it modifies a Western Digital drive for use in an Xbox 360:
http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/HDD/HddHackr_analysis....
a c 271 G Storage
November 7, 2012 2:09:42 PM

@better+me, your software must really be magic if it can fix a firmware problem. Does it use Vendor Specific Commands, or does it work its magic in some other way?
a b G Storage
November 7, 2012 10:57:05 PM

This is a new partition management product for Miniaide company.Through their own technical management of the Windows partition.you can also use it to partition to expand or reduce you partition size (lossless).This is safe and very easy to use.
a c 271 G Storage
November 8, 2012 6:19:42 AM

@better_me, your product is only applicable to logical data recovery cases. In the OP's case, the problem is that HDDHackr has modified the firmware of the WD drive. Neither your product, nor any other logical data recovery software, can undo these changes. It would be pointless to even try.

It is not a "partition management" issue. In fact the problem has absolutely nothing to do with partitions. Your software will not be able to "expand" the drive.
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