Well I kept looking a little bit, and hopefully the ultimate boot cd can help you. It comes with ATAPWD included.http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/
Shitty option, and you said no money is to spent but yeah, the AF-F Repair Station is 69.95. If you have to, I suppose it's the cheapest way from what I have seen. It also will work on the machine you have.
I just wanted to let you guys know that it worked like a charm. I ran a recovery on a Fujitsu MTH2040AH laptop hard drive from a Dell Latitude D600, having connected the drive as the secondary master on my workstation. It only took 2-3 minutes, and after it finished and I did a hard reset, the drive was accessible again. I made an image of the drive just to be safe, then I popped it back into the laptop. It booted and loaded Windows without problems.
I also read about a program called MastID that can read the ID string of the hard drive. Possibly useful since it likely is used to generate the algorithim, but probably not that useful.
That stuff said, I suppose if you could get a hold of some nice data recovery gear that can rewrite servo tracks or something your in business. You could also try as_a_last_resort putting the platters in a different drive. It's bound to fail, usually requiring a level 10 or better clean room, but worth a try. If you go that route, clean the shit out of the room, and find a couple pages like this one to get an idea of what the drive internals are. I think it might be possible to cannablize a drive with this one to get the data off, if that was the goal.http://www.overclock...s1035/index.asp
Good Luck man, let us know how it works out. I'm sure you've noticed that the people who have figured out how to crack the firmware and rewrite the password quickly are keeping it really close to the vest. It's pretty profitable with so many businesses using, and people locking themselves out of, laptops.
EDIT: I found a few more things you could look through:http://www.xbox-scen...cles/pc-hdd.phphttp://www.xbox100.c...wsofthacks.HTML
A few more tools you could check out:http://konsolenprofi...load.php?id=758http://www.xbox-hq.c...oads-cat59.html
Edited by Evolve, 01 October 2005 - 10:54 AM.