Hack a 250gb, 320gb or 500gb Sata harddrive to work in the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim

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  1. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    All you can do is buy a USB enclosure for the SSD and use it as a USB drive. Hddhackr only works with select western digital hard drives.
     
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    i see my drive in the list of compatible, i have the WD5000LPVT-75G33T0,
    my xbox doesn't recognize the drive after "hacking it" so i tryt again and overridden my undo.bin :'( is there anyone who can help my with the bin fille for the drive. any thips on how to let is show up in the xbox? what i think is my usb is 16gb and so i formated it to fat32 instead of fat can this give me a problem, hddhackr seems to do oke
     
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    You can see if anyone has posted the undo.bin here: https://digiex.net/threads/hddhackr-undo-files-downloads-uploads.11033/

    Usually if it doesn't show up the drive hasn't hacked ok and its to do with the SATA chipset in your PC. The only device i have capable of hacking drives now is an old Netbook from 2008, my newer PC's SATA chipset is just not compatible at all.
     
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    Sorry to be that guy... but im having trouble getting this to work.

    Im using a WD5000LPLX which was on the list
    hddhackr (1.40) worked fine and says it should be good to go... plug it into the xbox and it doesnt see it.
    xplorer360 (and a few variants of it that i tried) can read my original 160 GB HDD and i see partitions 0,2,3 but nothing with the hacked 500 GB
    I get an error that it could not find a FATX drive to open.

    i redid the hddhackr thing and no dice, i've tried multiple compatibility modes for the xplorer 360, run as admin and UAC off.
    Im using a dc7900 (released 2008) so i would think the sata chipset isnt too new...

    After about 2 hours of google-ing and trying all the suggestions i found, i joined here to ask for help.

    id like to get this to work internally rather than buy an external caddy for the drive... assuming thats even an option anymore after ive tried all this stuff...

    any suggestions or help is appreciated.
     
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    Its probably to do with the SATA chipset in your computer, if AHCI is disabled or legacy is enabled when you have configured the SATA chipset correctly and its probably not compatible unfortunately.

    However you can use up to a 2TB external hard drive with the Xbox 360 now connected via USB, so I question if hacking a drive is actually worthwhile these days. It obviously used to be when Microsoft charged £89.99 just for the 120gig drive here in the UK, at the time it was possible to make 3x 250gig drives for the same price.

    Also a USB caddy for the drive will not work in regards to hacking it, however you can use it as a USB drive for the 360 without issue.
     
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    unfortunately both of the desktops in my house are this same model... lol so i don't have anything different to test it on.

    M$ still charges an unreasonable premium for their drives... which is why i wanted to DIY it, but when i bought the HDD a few weeks ago, i wasnt aware you could hook up an external USB device that was larger than 32gb. Live and learn i guess.

    With the xbox being limited to usb2.0 anyway, is there anything wrong with just using a 128 or 256GB usb stick, or is there a benefit to getting a caddy for this HDD? I would double sided tape it to the xbox to prevent it from getting knocked about...

    I dont really need the space, but i determined the original HDD was getting flakey and causing my crashes by moving fallout new vegas, oblivion and skyrim to flashdrives and playing from there instead. Went from almost guaranteed crash when loading a large area after about 2-3 hours of play, to no crashes since moving those games to usb sticks several weeks ago.
     
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    I remember playing GTA 5 off a 64gb USB memory stick when we did an Xbox 360 lan years ago, the game worked perfectly fine and it wasn't the fastest USB drive in the world.

    The benefit of a hard drive is more storage space to install games and of course you can play Xbox Classic games with an internal hard drive.
     
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    i forgot about the classics, my internal drive stopped playing them properly long ago. that was probably the first sign of its flakiness 3-4 years ago. But i have a regular xbox upstairs so thats not a pressing issue.

    i think my plan is to plug a 256gb usb stick in the front, and try again later on this 500GB to make it internal - with classic game support. That way i can put everything on my USB drive and not worry about the current HDD finally taking its last breath before i have a replacement internal in there.

    Thanks for your help.
     

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