ok, well thank you for clarifying. i was reading all this crap about it, and using some program called a-ff repair station to get the password from the hdd, but it cost $70, and some other program "atapwd".
but maybe that was to write files to an original xbox hdd. maybe i got confused with writing to original hdd's as i read they are locked. or did i misread that as well? can you write to original hdd's?
that was for original xbox. and even then, you dont need those apps.
atapwd was only used to unlock a xbox drive if you knew the key. the other app, i've never used.
if u locked ur new drive with configmagic it had a backdoor password as well.
but anyways, this is off topic.
with xbr/freeboot you can just hook any sata hdd up (2.5") and it will be detected.
if you want the hdd to work in non xbr/freeboot xboxs, you need to flash the hdss.bin to your drive.