So I bought this already softmodded Xbox on eBay. It had some Evolution Xbox mod or something - it wasn't XBMC like I wanted. The odd thing was that I was unable to use the stock dashboard, the option was there but you couldn't select it. So I connected via FTP and tried to switch the names of the two dashboard files, thinking that would make it load the stock dashboard again. Instead I get an error 13. I can still boot retail discs, but nothing else wants to work. I could literally just switch those two files back if I could somehow get write access to the HDD... but there in comes my problem. I don't have a computer with IDE handy, but instead I have an IDE to USB converter - I tried the hotswap method a few times (loaded up Splinter Cell, made a new profile, then swapped IDE cables) - but yet nothing works. If I try to open it in hex, just to view the contents, I get "the operation timed out due to an I/O read error" Does the hotswap method no longer work? Or do you *need* an IDE connection so you can have it read the drive upon boot? I have an old computer at home, and will be home in a couple weeks - so I can wait until then if needed. It seems like it should be fairly simple to do, as I KNOW exactly what I did - but sadly I don't have any of the files backed up to my computer... they're only on the hard drive which is now a paperweight. Anyone have any ideas? Additionally, I have another virgin Xbox that has not been hacked yet. If I use SID on that, could I somehow read the hard drive of the other console and unlock it?