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

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  1. Wahad

    Wahad New Member

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    Hello there,

    So I got three Xbox 360, one Resident Evil 5 Elite and two S 250GB. I would like to upgrade my elite with 500GB and I have two questions.

    The first one is the main one. Can my account get banned for switching to the bigger Hard Drive? I really would not like to risk by any means...

    The second one. Is there a way to back up all my games and everything else from my previous HDD and move to the new 500GB one?

    I found WD Scorpio Blue BPVT for pretty cheap with 100 health/performance and I would like to upgrade my Xbox with it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    You don't get banned for upgrading the hard drive.

    Party Buffalo Drive Explorer is the easiest way to backup content from 360 hard drives. It can have issues on versions of Windows newer than 7 however.

    Xplorer 360 also works, as described in the first post. (Using the correct version for the size hard drive you are backing up / restoring to).

    FATXplorer is probably the best tool for modern version of Windows, I believe you will need to purchase it however.
     
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  3. MacTavish51

    MacTavish51 New Member

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    After I accidentally formatted my official Xbox drive under Windows (destroying the Microsoft license on it), I decided to buy a 3200BEVT after seeing this tutorial.
    I didn't think for a second that it would be a real pain to do this in 2022.

    First I struggled to flash MS-DOS on my USB drives, none of them could do it, getting 'The media is write-protected'.
    I had to dig through my old stuff to find an 2gb flash drive, which finally worked

    Another problem I encountered was that my motherboard was not able to boot to the USB drive, it didn't see it at all. I spent hours in the BIOS, changing options, setting the SATA mode to Legacy, with no success (I guess this is a problm with all newer motherboards).
    I had to use my mother's old Win 7 PC, which did the job!
    Sometimes it helps to keep good old hardware...

    Thanks man!

    A note for anyone who wants to do this: Get yourself an old PC with an old USB stick, and make sure you rename HDDSSxxx.bin to HDDSS.bin.
    Although it says so in the tutorial, I forgot to do it, and ended up with an error. It won't work if the .bin name is not HDDSS
     
  4. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Glad to see this tutorial was still useful almost 13 years after I posted it!

    I found that a few years ago when hacking a 500gb drive, the only device I had that could still successfully hack a drive was my old MSI Wind Netbook that is circa 2008 hardware. I suspect any modern motherboard that uses EFI and not the legacy BIOS will simply be no good these days unfortunately.

    A Windows 7 era PC is certainly good to keep around, I suspect you could run any version of Windows from XP to 10 quite easily on such hardware.
     
  5. unimatrixzer0

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    Before I invest in parts is there a noticable performance difference between using an internal mechanical hard drive and an external usb thumb drive for loading games?
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    You will not notice much difference on the 360, i'd get a usb hard dive instead of a thumb drive though if you go that route.
     

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