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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    Yes just follow the prompts on screen and use your undo.bin to restore the drive.

    It seems like the original.bin is possible corrupt based on the screenshot.
     
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    I was so proud, and posted it out in reddit x360 subreddit.
    A few hours later found myself kicked out for good from that basket.
    Damn... :D
    Anyways. F*ck it. I'll have 1.5TB of storage almost 1/4 price. Worth it. :D
     
  4. Javier Hernandez Martinez

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    Heeeelp

    It wont restore the firmware!!
     

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    Samething happened to me. Im trying to restore to the wd500lplx firmware but it gives me an error, it says that the Undo bin file has a wrong size!!

    Did you solve your issue?
     

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    Weird thing is, its detecting the drive as a Hitachi drive, but with the original serial number. Does that means it only did half of the process?
     

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    HELLO, DO YOU THINK THIS COULD WORK WITH A SSD? Western Digital one?
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    No it will not work with an SSD unfortunately.
     
  9. tormenta

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    So, do you know if there is a way to use a SSD in xbox 360 or we just have tu use HHD only?
     
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    Connect one in a caddy via USB. However the Xbox 360 is only USB 2.0 so i don't really think you will notice much difference.
     
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    Thank you, I´ll see if it works
     
  12. masternoxx

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    So I've run into a problem, a big problem that I don't see listed anywhere on the net. I purchased a WD 500gb BPVT. Thoroughly tested it, passed with no problems. Hacked it to work in the xbox360 no problems. Put it in and transfered alll my games to it (250gb) without issue (other than it took forever and I had to watch it the whole time to keep it from auto shutdown while transferring... ugh). Browsed around and played some xbox 360 games no problem. Drive working perfect and quiet whole time. HOWEVER...
    Currently I am playing Morrowind (original xbox game) and I am playing it off the disc. When I play this game the hard drive makes a bad CLINK noise every few minutes and its enough to drive you crazy. (!!)
    Okay so I reflashed the undo.bin have had it plugged in for hours now and it has not CLINKed even once.
    Does anyone know WTF is going on, obviously the drive is malfunctioning but only when xbox original game is played off disk, what is happening perhaps firmware isn't 100%, perhaps drive trying to enter standby and malfunctioning? , etc. To my knowledge the hard disk isn't even being used at all except to save for this game.
    Now if I get another one of these drives and try again is it just going to do the same thing??? I have many xbox original games and this is a major problem for me.

    WDC WD5000BPVT-24HXZT3 mfg jan 31 2012

    It seems to me that clearly this xbox360 500gb firmware needs some kind of fix and is not working properly with OG xbox games. Super angry I wasted so much time on this. On top of that I insulted the seller of this drive and called it defective crap. LOL please help with solution to this, thanks!!
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Restore the drive to normal and try using this tool on it from DOS: Wdidle3 1.05.

    You should be able to disable the drive putting the heads in the parked position, after that hack the drive again and see if the issue persists. I've used that tool on a few drives in the past.
     
  14. masternoxx

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    uh oh.
    wdidle3 /d, disabled timer.
    then hddhackr, etc.
    now seems may have bricked the drive.
    xbox 360 won't recognize it now,
    crashes my desktop when plugged into pc
    how to undo.bin now?

    will try some stuff... cross fingers
     
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    so...
    connect drive to desktop sata and boot to dos
    ran wdidle3 and /d , seemed to work
    reboot
    ran hddhackr and flashed firmware, seemed to work
    turn off desktop computer
    hooked up to laptop via transfer cable and create partitions, installed xbox emu to partition 2
    (I use different method with fatXplorer but basically same thing is accomplished)
    plug into xbox 360, not recognized
    hooked back upto sata desktop
    desktop wont boot
    ....
    finally get desktop to boot through luck and bios fiddling
    restore undo.bin to drive
    reboot
    drive completely bricked and lost all firmware and even serial number
    can no longer flash it
    makes strange noises on bootup

    i believe the drive was bricked after flashing hddhackr firmware with the altered wdidle settings
    it didnt like that
    very bad idea sir
    however i dont even care because returning it anyways and I didnt lose any data so

    i am recieving a new hard drive from newegg
    problem is it is also a BPVT
    (its the only one on the hddhackr list still in production that you can buy new)
    now I am worried that, same thing is going to happen

    Can other members test an original xbox game in their 360 and see if the "CHINK" noise occurs?
    has this been reported before?
    seems like a pretty big problem.
    am I going to have to buy a MS brand 500gb drive to play without the noise?

    this whole thing is kind of a nightmare
    however I do find computer work interesting
    and I suppose its something to do
     
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    That's what happened to me. I believe that's why the newer LPLX drives won't work. They won't take the serial number from the flash.
     
  17. masternoxx

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    I have learned some things, Nutter was correct, apologies Nutter,
    so the noise was most likely from the head parking.
    So WD drives feature intellipark which parks the drives every 8 seconds of inactivity!
    which is totally stupid and creates shortened lifespan of the drive and is highly noisy.
    here is also a thread about head parking behavior of WD: https://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=63051
    have recieved advice from an expert,
    that HDDhackr latest release includes the ability to change intellipark timer.
    So check the HDDHACKR readme! on how to do this
    so disable it or set it to a long value.
    or there are other utilities

    think, that my drive bricked likely due to accidental plug in of a faulty drive first,
    or could have been something as dumb as a loose cable.
    if this happens to you try using the brute force flash instructions in the HDDHackr readme.

    hope this helps someone

    ps- note that I didn't hear this noise at all during using the drive on my laptop or xbox360 while not in emulator mode so they must have some kind of stay active signal sending to the drive. Another possibility is that the downward compression on the drive from the xbox360 drive caddy and slot amplified the noise
     
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