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I've been trying to flash a Westerndigital 250GB hdd to use in my slim 360. tried following a few different tutorials that are out there but cant seem to nail it. Has anyone had any experience/success with this process as im running out of ideas. Keep getting to the point where i've formatted in FAT32, then made the drive bootable,plugged it into the p.c, selected to boot from WD250GB and it just to a screen with a command line instead of the part where the flashing process should begin. Think i have all my bios settings right,dont know whats going on. Any advice or links would be very much appreciated.
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Thanks dude, just managed to do it! Had misread the tutorial and tried to turn the WD HDD into a bootable drive rather than making a bootable usb. Took a while but well worth in the end. Saved loads of cash.
Skybox F5(now in bedroom)
Arnet Kryptview A780(now sold)
Eurovox EX1100 (now dead)
If you're trying to boot the WD you're on the wrong track & either you've missed a lot of the tut's or have read garbage ones. You should be booting from a USB stick with DOS and the drive f/w + install tool on it ready to run. I've done 2 with no probs - follow the guide on digiex dot net - search for "3152 how to hack 250gb-320gb sata drive xbox" (can't post links here yet :/ ) and you'll be golden...
For some reason my browser only showed the first dialogue until after I'd hit the submit button; I didn't see the rest of the messages showing you'd sorted it. D'oh! Oh well - but in case anyone else going looking in this thread for a solution they can follow that URL now to get a pretty reliable procedure so it's not totally wasted effort...
How to hack a 250gb or 320gb sata drive to work in the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim
As of the 20/09/2011 a 320GB security sector has been dumped, this will allow you to make your own 320gb hard drives. Just follow this tutorial and use the 320gb security sector, instead of the 250gb security sector if you wish to make a 320gb drive
After having a 20gb drive for the last 4 years and getting annoyed about having to constantly delete stuff I did something about it. I purchased a nice 250gb laptop hard drive for £30 and used hddhackr on it to enable the 360 to use it.
I think doing your own drive is the way to go as Microsoft charge £89.99 just for the 120gig drive here in the UK, at that price I could make 3x 250gig drives for the same price!
This guide will show you how I did that, its worth mentioning that you can also hack a 20gb, 60gb and 120gb drives, however i think doing a 250gb is the best value for money.
If you have an Xbox 360 slim you can also hack a hard drive using this guide and connect it directly to the console, have a look at the end of the guide for information on how to connect your hacked drive to an Xbox 360 slim.
Ok lets get started, first you will need to buy a hard drive to use in the Xbox 360.
Hddhackr will only work with the following Western Digital Drives:
- WD Scorpio Series BEVS/BEAS
- WD Scorpio Blue Series BEVS/BEVT/BPVT
- WD Scorpio Black Series BEKT/BJKT
- WD VelociRaptor Series
- WD AV-25 Series BUDT
As of version 1.30, Hddhackr now works with all sizes and versions of the Western Digital Scorpio Series.
You can not use another make of hard drive for this hack, it has to be one of the supported Western Digital drives.
I purchased a 250gb WD Scorpio Blue Series drive (WD2500BEVT) for around £30 at CCL Computers.
For those of you who live in the States, you can get the same drive for around $47 at Newegg.
I would highly recommend you also purchase a Western Digital Scorpio Blue Drive, you have nothing to gain by buying a more expensive drive.
The first thing you will want to do is create a bootable USB drive, for this I used a tool called Bootable USB Drive Creator Tool.
Download Bootable USB Drive Creator Tool
Unzip and load the program, be sure to right click and run as an administrator.
Select your USB drive
Set the file system as FAT
Tick quick format and Create bootable drive
Select the box with 3 dots and choose the USB Drive Boot Files\MS-DOS folder as the location.
Hit start and you will have a bootable usb drive within a few seconds.
Now Download Xbox 360 320GB Hard Drive Security Sector
Or the Download Xbox 360 250GB Hard Drive Security Sector and Download HddHackr v1.30 Build 20110303
For anyone who wants to hack a diffrent size drive here are the security sectors that can be used for a:
Unzip both to the USB drive you just made bootable
Be sure to rename the HDDSS_250GB.BIN to HDDSS.BIN if you are hacking a 250gb drive or HDDSS320.bin to HDDSS.BIN if you are hacking a 320gb drive.
The end result should be something like this, donít worry you will not have an UNDO.BIN yet.
You will need to shut down your pc now, I would advise you disconnect all the other hard drive in your computer just to stop you accidently hacking the wrong drive!
Now connect the hard drive you want to hack to your computer
Power your computer back on, before you carry on it might be an idea to enter you bios configuration and ensure the SATA operation mode is set to ATA or disable AHCI depending on the options you have. On some motherboards this can also be called legacy or enhanced, if you are presented with this you want to set it to legacy. This will vary depending on your motherboard / bios.
The above appears to be the most common cause for people not been able to flash there drives.
Now tell your computer to to boot from the usb drive, this will be different depending on your motherboard, on my pc I have to press F11 then select the drive I wish to boot from.
You will find yourself at a dosprompt, type hddhackr and press enter.
All been well hddhackr will have listed all the drives in your system, in my case the drive I want to hack is number 5.
After entering the number you will be asked if you want to dump, flash or restore the firmware, select F to flash.
Type in the name of the security sector you want to flash, this will be HDDSS.BIN if you have followed this tutorial.
You will get a message saying that the information in file HDDSS.BIN does not match the driveís firmware info. Do you want to flash the Xbox 360 compatible firmware.
Say yes to this:
You will then be asked if you also want to create partition 0/2/3 (HddHackr_v1.30 will not display any message about partitioning, this is normal)
Again say yes to this, you drive should now be hacked, congratulations!
An UNDO.BIN will have been saved on your USB drive, keep this safe as you will need it for if you ever want to restore the drive back to normal.
Opening the 360 drive enclosure
Now you need to open your Xbox 360 hard drive, you will need a Torx T6 screwdriver to do this.
You can now remove the top, the mechanism to lock/unlock the HDD-bay on your Xbox 360 console might fall outÖ donít worry itís easy enough its put back together, just look how it is in my photo below.
Now you have 4 more screws to remove, these require a Torx T10 screwdriver, you can then remove the metal case.
Now you can unplug the power and sata cable from the drive, then slide it out pulling the drive gentily up as you do so.
You should now have your original drive
If you want to restore the Xbox 1 emulator to your newly hacked drive or your save games you will need to connect your old 360 drive to your computer and boot windows.
If you dont have an old hard drive or simply want to save some time you can download a copy of Hoffmans partition 2 which he uploaded here
Download Xplorer 360 Extreme 2.
Now unzip and right click and run it as administrator.
Select Drive > Open > Harddrive or Memorycard
We are going to backup the Xbox 1 emulator so you will still be able to play Xbox 1 games on the 360.
To do this select Drive > Backup Partition 2 and save the backup.
If you want to backup your profiles, saves, arcade games, demos, dlc and videos you basically want to dump your Partition 3 > Content folder, I had to dump a few folders at the time because Xplorer 360 had random crashes for me.
Now shutdown windows, disconnect your original 360 drive and connect the hacked 250gb drive.
When windows has loaded up again load Xplorer 360 Extreme again, remembering to run it with administrator rights and select Drive > Restore Partition 2 and select the backup you made from your old 20gig drive.
It is important you just close Xplorer360 after that, massing about with anything else will corrupt Partition 3.
Now Download Xplorer 360 250gb Edition, this works fine with Partition 3 on 250gig drives, however trying to modify anything on partition 0 or 2 will just corrupt the drive!! Trust me save yourself some time and donít do it.
If you are hacking a 320gb drive then you want to Download Xplorer 360 320gb Edition.
Also donít use Xplorer 250gig edition on any other sized drive either, it will just corrupt the drive, same with the 320gig edition.
If you do corrupt you drive just connect it to your Xbox 360 and format it.
After you have restored any content you can now shut your pc down and put the 250gig drive in your 360ís drive enclosure, it might be an idea to test everything is working correctly before re assembling the enclosure.
The hacked drive:
Connecting to the Xbox 360 slim:
It is also possible to use your hacked drive in the new Xbox 360 slim, with the slim you are not required to insert the hard drive in any enclosure, you can simply connect it to the console.
If you want to buy an enclosure for it have a look on Deal Extreme at the HDD Hard Disk Drive Case for Xbox 360 Slim, if not just read below and connect the drive directly to your 360 slim.
First open the panel at the side, the entry way is on the right side as you look at the Xbox. If you look towards the end of the right side of the Xbox you can see 3 vents you can pull to remove the cover.
If you have the 4gb model, there will be no hard drive in this area. This is the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250gb hard drive inside the Xbox. Be sure to make sure itís seated. It may take some time to get it perfectly fit.
The Sata and power connections inside the slim you need to connect the drive to
A Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250gb installed in a 4gb Xbox 360 Slim:
The new 4gb Xbox 360 slim with a nice 250gb hacked drive installed:
Credit to Digiex member Nsab3001 for the slim information and photos.
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