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    nope its shows up in window xp. 2002 computer

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    I was wondering if this will work for this hard drive its a 250 gig seagate hard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petemurray View Post
    I was wondering if this will work for this hard drive its a 250 gig seagate hard drive.
    As far as I know, HDD hacker only works with Western Digital Drives.

    I had a quick question, I heard that using Xplorer can corrupt some game saves or dlc. Would using the method exactly as described in this tutorial cause this?

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of hacking a 120Gb drive to replace my 20Gb.

    It appears that doing the transfer of partitions seems to be the more troublsome part so can't I just format the new drive on the 360, recover Gamertag, transfer my gamesaves on to a Memory Unit then on to the new drive, and finally download all my content again?

    What problems will I have with backwards compat and codec update?

    Will my DLC still work without being signed in? I assume it will as its still the same 360.

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    I purchased a 250Gb harddrive. and I got ahead of my self. I used the Xplorer360 and made a image of the 20gb and I restored it to the 250Gb Now my xbox will not see the 250Gb. I later found out it need to be flashed. So I followed this tutoriul and It says the Serial doesnt match. Instead of the WDC2500BEVT. its shows that the drive is now the darn 20gb serial. CAn someone make a image of the 250Gb for me please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darktype View Post
    I had a quick question, I heard that using Xplorer can corrupt some game saves or dlc. Would using the method exactly as described in this tutorial cause this?
    The only game that has given people any trouble appears to be Forza 3, however people have found various solutions to that which have been posted.
    All my saves work perfectly after transferring them across with Xplorer 360.



    Quote Originally Posted by slikvik View Post
    Hi,

    I'm thinking of hacking a 120Gb drive to replace my 20Gb.

    It appears that doing the transfer of partitions seems to be the more troublsome part so can't I just format the new drive on the 360, recover Gamertag, transfer my gamesaves on to a Memory Unit then on to the new drive, and finally download all my content again?

    What problems will I have with backwards compat and codec update?

    Will my DLC still work without being signed in? I assume it will as its still the same 360.
    Yes everything will still work, you will just not be able to play backwards compatible games on your Xbox 360. I believe when you connect to live again it will re download the avatars for you.

    Its really not that hard though, just spend 10 mins reading this guide and you will be sorted, no point in doing half a job

    Quote Originally Posted by enemiesoftheregime View Post
    So I followed this tutoriul and It says the Serial doesnt match. Instead of the WDC2500BEVT. its shows that the drive is now the darn 20gb serial. CAn someone make a image of the 250Gb for me please?
    Can you still say yes to flash the drive anyway? if so just flash it and you should be good to go. Your computer should think its an hitatchi drive if all goes well.
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    Woo! Thanks for the tutorial, easily the best one I've read. I've got my 250gb hard drive in now and it is amazing. In the process of installing my games to the HD, haha.

    Xplorer360 gave me some problems, but I went and did each folder in "Contents" manually and that seemed to work. Here's to hoping Microsoft doesn't ban these like they did with the Datel Memory Cards...

    Edit: FYI...

    Xplorer360 will also corrupt Rock Band 2 and Viva Pinata game saves. There may be others as well, but these are all I've run into.

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    a few questions about the VelociRaptor Series if I may?
    I take it that either through the firmware or xbox hardware that its read-write speed is limited so would there be any advantage to its increased speed?
    and equally there's no 250gb VelociRaptor, only 150 and 300gb and I take it the xbox wouldn't take either, so does the firmware limit its size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darktype View Post
    Xplorer360 will also corrupt Rock Band 2 and Viva Pinata game saves. There may be others as well, but these are all I've run into.
    Thanks, might have to add a little FAQ about saves that have problems been transfered like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomolac View Post
    a few questions about the VelociRaptor Series if I may?
    I take it that either through the firmware or xbox hardware that its read-write speed is limited so would there be any advantage to its increased speed?
    and equally there's no 250gb VelociRaptor, only 150 and 300gb and I take it the xbox wouldn't take either, so does the firmware limit its size?
    Apparently there is almost no difference in load times between a 5200rpm and 7200rpm drive on the 360 from what i have read, so the faster drive would offer you no real benefit.

    You could use a 300gig drive and hack it with the 250gb security sector, you would only be able to use 250gigs of space though.
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    Long thread but very helpful!

    THANKS ALOT Mate!



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    Thanks, amazing tutor! Xvid codec is still working, all functions working without problems, except two little bug:
    XBox 1 games can't working for me after part2 backup, but i solved this simply downloaded and installed the original xbox compatibilty update from cd. No more problem with this.
    I must have to update avatars because all of them went to grey.

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    Thanks for the tutorial... managed to do it after a few hiccups (the AHCI bit).

    I can confirm that Mass Effect 2 reports as corrupted too... shame as I was 12 hours into that game heh.

    Oh well, at least I won't have to keep deleting games I'm currently playing off the hard drive now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomorph View Post
    Thanks for the tutorial... managed to do it after a few hiccups (the AHCI bit).

    I can confirm that Mass Effect 2 reports as corrupted too... shame as I was 12 hours into that game heh.

    Oh well, at least I won't have to keep deleting games I'm currently playing off the hard drive now.
    Try this: http://digiex.net/computing-section/...html#post22824 others have confirmed it works fine for Forza, will probably work with other games too.

    I have updated the first post with the tools DrDrrae talks about.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wacky maky View Post
    Hi,

    I have bought the exact same hard drive as you pictured (Insane Nutter).
    I follow all of your steps to the letter, but when i get into the dosprompt screen and enter "hddhackr" and then press eneter,
    i just get a flashing underscore... that just stays there forever.

    I'm using a laptop (Acer 8930G) and before you ask yes i am using the internal connections

    I'd love to get this working and i'd really appreciate any help!

    Many Thanks,

    James

    I have the same problem as above. Could anyone tell me how to fix this?

    Thanks!

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    Do you have a tutorial for a 500gb hd???

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterkiller View Post
    I have the same problem as above. Could anyone tell me how to fix this?

    Thanks!
    Most likely its to do with AHCI or an unsupported chipset, i presume you have read the various options you might need to turn off in your bios?

    Laptop / pre built PC's Bios options can be very restrictive when it comes to options

    Quote Originally Posted by xboxsterling View Post
    Do you have a tutorial for a 500gb hd???
    Its not possible unless Microsoft ever release an official 500gb drive.

    If you have an older jtag hacked console you can use any size drive you want without hacking, but for a legit 360 you can only use 20gb, 60gb, 120gb or 250gb drives at the moment.
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    You might soon be able to buy a 250gb drive... the price however is insane: http://digiex.net/digiex/front-page-...html#post23250

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    Hi ya there can Xbox live see you have a none lagit hdd as the s/n is not one of there's and have you made it past the ban thanks for all your help in advance. Phillip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill 2008 View Post
    Hi ya there can Xbox live see you have a none lagit hdd as the s/n is not one of there's and have you made it past the ban thanks for all your help in advance. Phillip.
    From what I know at the moment, no one has even been banned from having a modded Hard Drive. Though that isn't saying its not possible for them to make an update in the future to ban these, though the chances are slim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Scyth View Post
    From what I know at the moment, no one has even been banned from having a modded Hard Drive. Though that isn't saying its not possible for them to make an update in the future to ban these, though the chances are slim.
    I wonder if MS will think twice about doing this due to the Anti-Trust case that is happening with Datel. Just think about it... we are just formatting a 250gb hard drive for use with the 360 because you can't even buy them without plumping for a console as well (ie the MW2 special edition box).

    The price that Microsoft charges for their official drives should be an Anti-Trust case all on its own... sheer daylight robbery. If I was to take a DVD player and put it in a fancy box and call it a SuperDuper DVD player and then charge 4 times the cost of it and not let anyone else make DVD players I would be called a pirate... this is exactly what Microsoft is doing with the 360 hard drives. They take ordinary hard drives, add a little bit of software formatting to the drive and then put it in a special box and selling it for 4 times the cost.

    It's ironic when Microsoft are death on pirates when they are doing piracy themselves. Considering they want us to buy DLC that is taking up more and more space these days and then wondering why we go out and mod our own OEM drives that are IDENTICAL to what they use. Installing games to the hard drive reduces wear on the DVD drive and stops the hairdryer noise in the bargain... If you don't want to keep having to uninstall games every time you get a new one you need AT LEAST a 250gb drive...

    If they deactivate these drives I will be one amongt many who will egg on the brave souls who will be suing Microsoft. I won't be among them due to the fact is that I can't afford it... like I can't afford the stupid price of the Microsoft Official Hard Drives... that is if they bloody well sold them in the first place. Ironic eh?

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    Great tutorial! ! ! I have a question though can i only use up to 250 gb hd or can i go higher ? Say for instance a 320gb? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREASERS1 View Post
    Great tutorial! ! ! I have a question though can i only use up to 250 gb hd or can i go higher ? Say for instance a 320gb? Thanks
    This has been answered several times, the answer is no. In order for there to be a bigger hard drive to be for 360 Microsoft would have to officially release one, which they haven't. You can only mod a 20GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB.
    PS3: 80GB BC Firmware: 3.55NFWv3 Cobra Edition
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    Is it true that WD2500BEVT drives manufactured in 2010 don't work?

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    Ok, since I'm the paranoid type, I'm going to throw this question out one last time before I proceed with this excellent HDD hack:

    Is anyone aware of anyone having their XBL account banned for using a non-MS hard drive?

    Everything I can find online only mentions the DVD-ROM firmware hack being targetted. A few newspaper articles mention things off-hand like "apparently even using non-MS hard drives will get you banned" but none of the authors are techie-types or have first-hand knowledge (so I'm thinking MS scare tactic just to sell a few more HDDs at 300% markup). I'm all set to do this because I'm buying all kinds of DLC and even the full-game digital downloads and need the additional space, so it would seem pretty dumb for MS to buy me for wanting to buy MORE content from them, even if I'm not using their stupid HDD.

    Thanks all...

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    almost posted above message twice... same as above!

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    No you won't get banned.

    And to my problem:
    My drive is not getting recognized: No ata drives present or "No ATA identify possible"

    Is it because the drive was manufactured in 2010?

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    Hi Annie,

    I was having that same problem because I forgot to right click on Xplorer360 and select "Run as Administrator". Once I did that it detected the FATX drive no problem. The other hiccup I had was trying to drag-and-drop my content folder onto the 250gig drive (wouldn't let me) using Xplorer360 250 gig version. I just had to turn off the UAC in Windows 7 and now it's copying over no problems.

    Already tried the drive in the 360 though and it works like a charm. This tutorial is awesome and saved me over $100 CDN!

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    And the drive I used (which I purchased this afternoon) was manufactured on Jan. 8, 2010, so I don't think that's your problem.

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    What? Why in xplorer 360? I was talking about the flashing process in DOS, where it isn't recognized by hddhackr.

    Do I have to format the drive before flashing it or something else I forgot? Never read anything about xplorer 360 related to the flash before. I thought you just need that to back up your data from old drives or something.

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    yes new drives should work, i just ordered a drive last friday and was able to use hddhackr on it

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    Hey Nutter,

    People are asking the same 5 questions to the same 5 problems... just a suggestion, you should begin the tutorial with a FAQ section in the very beginning written in big red capital letters or something. This post is getting to big, and people get too lazy.

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    When googling around to figure out how to do this upgrade I found a poorly written post on another forum (can't remember where sorry) which claimed that formatting their new 250gb drive (presumably via system settings on the xbox 360) had caused them to be banned. This seems utterly stupid but I just wanted to check: has anyone tried this?

    edit: I have tried formatting an unofficial 250gb drive now and, of course, I didn't get banned.
    Last edited by MattF; 10-02-10 at 15:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattF View Post
    When googling around to figure out how to do this upgrade I found a poorly written post on another forum (can't remember where sorry) which claimed that formatting their new 250gb drive (presumably via system settings on the xbox 360) had caused them to be banned. This seems utterly stupid but I just wanted to check: has anyone tried this?
    I did the upgrade using these instructions and it works perfectly. I did not find any confirmed banning of the DIY hard drive upgrade via Google. The only instances I did find is when the XBox itself is modded and becomes banned. You can still use the hard drive off the banned XBox and use it in a new XBox just fine.

    Common sense would lead us to believe that if they aren't even banning the actual hard drives off of banned modded XBoxes, then a DIY hard drive upgrade is safe to do without any consequences. Besides, if MS were banning these DIY upgraded hard drives, then there would be plenty of warnings that you would find online from the thousands of people that have performed this upgrade themselves.

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    Thanks osudesi.

    So I just did the hard drive upgrade. Xbox recognises it with no issues, but none of the content from partition 3 that i transferred is there. Any ideas? The tutorial is not particularly clear on the specifics of this (no offense to the author). I used the 'extract' command in xplorer to copy the content folder onto my pc's hard drive. I then used the inject folder command to put that same folder back into partition3 on the new drive.

    edit: works now, turns out xplorer wasn't putting the files where I thought it was. It seems to insert a folder always in the root of the current partition and not the current folder, no matter where you right click to start the process (drag and drop doesn't work). As an aside, has anyone come up with a procedure to copy the mass effect 2 files yet (perhaps similar to the forza 3 method)?

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    I havnt tried mass effect 2 but i have read elsewhere that the forza 3 method works for it too.

    I just did this process starting feb 3rd 2010 so this process works as of that date. This is the best guide that I found but I ran into a few snags so I am posting the solutions to help others have a smoother experience.

    Delete as much unneeded stuff off your hard drive, free DLC, installed games, things that you can redownload later, the process isnt that fast and only having to copy a couple gigs of data from my 20GB was a lot easier then the first time i tried an had 11GB. Though this will create empty folders that will show up during the transfer process but they dont need to be transferred.

    When you take the old hard drive out of the case there is a spring that holds the latch, mine shot across the room and i almost lost it, so be careful.

    When using hddhackr on my computer it would only recognize the new drive when connected to sata port 0, all other ports it wouldnt see it. Also my computers printer has an SD card slot that it was trying to boot to and wouldnt boot to my usb stick until i disconnected my printer, so if you have issues disconnect everything else while on the hddhackr part.

    You need to restore the partition 2 in order for it to work, I thought i dont play xbox1 games i wont do it, but it wont recognize any files unless partition 2 is restored, you can use xport 360 from datel to do these folder manually if the image restore isnt working.

    The system content folder(the one with all 0s) is very touchy and i had to do folders one at a time for it to not crash and wipe out whatever progress i had made.

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    Hi, I have WD Scorpio blue WD2500BEVT and i made everything like in the turtorial and my xbox doesent see my hard drive . What shoud i do any ideas ?


    Regards
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    I've got it .. When I flash my hdd the hddhackr ask for "Making partition 0,2,3" when i press yes its make partition but then it changes LBA size and then xbox doesn't see Hdd , when i press No everything is ok my xbox see 228GB of space

    I have Nforce 405 chipset and i think that the chipset is guilty !

    regards
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    I guess you can't use hddhackr on a drive that's in a dock/external case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imaKi View Post
    I guess you can't use hddhackr on a drive that's in a dock/external case?
    Nope not unless it connects to the PC via Sata and not USB.
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