Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tutorial: How To Install Your Own Hard Disk For Xbox360

This is tutorial how to flash (upgrade) 60gB, 120gb, 250gb and 320gb sata drive to work in the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim and transfer all of the files (profiles, save games, purchases) from your old drive to your new drive

First you will need to buy a hard drive to use in the Xbox 360 and download the following tools for this hack:




Bootable USB drive creator tool


This tutorial only works 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

>>You can not use another make of hard drive for this hack, it has to be one of the supported Western Digital drives<<

After you downloaded all the tools and got the one of the compatible drive its time to flash it, if you have VIA SATA 6421A card, use the card for your flashing work (in dos0 but for windows use onboard sata.

If you got your WD drive from a laptop (like I did) and if the drive has more partitions you need to delete those partitions and make everything into one big partition do that you need to do this, if its already done skip to step 2


Connect your new WD drive and boot windows, make sure you can see the drive in my computer, now:
Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management, now you can create and delete partitions. After you are done with all that proceed to step 2


The first thing you will want to do is create a bootable USB drive, Unzip and load the program, be sure to right click and run as an administrator.

Select your USB drive, s
et the file system as FAT and 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 hddss.bin for you hdd (in this case I will use 250gb) rename hddss_250gb.bin to hddss.bin

When it's done copying the files to it, open the flash drive up and copy "Hddhackr.exe" and "hddss.bin" straight into the root folder, no subfolders.
It Should look like this (don’t worry about undo.bin)


Now shutdown the computer, plug your harddrive into the sata port (make sure to know which port) and power port, leave the flash drive plugged in. Unplug all other devices including HDD and DVD drives, power up your PC and run BIOS and check if your drive is recognized, if it is continue with tutorial, if not probably your port is not working or you didn’t plugged it the right way

After your PC is powered up you will find yourself at a dosprompt and leave you at "C:\"

for this tut I used port 09F0 for example, this is not your port you should know what port # you are using, if not read below there is explanation how to find your port #

Just type in HDDHACKR F 09F0 A0 hddss.bin undo.bin and press enter
You will get a message saying that the information in file HDDSS.BIN does not match the drive’s firmware info. Do you want to flash the Xbox 360 compatible firmware.
Press Y

Then it should do what it does. Shutdown the computer and wait 10 seconds. Then turn it back on and boot again in dosflash
Now type C 09F0 A0 and this will create partitions 0/2/3, wait until it says it safe to shut down your comp. It will show something like this

Put it in the Xbox 360 and see if it works, it might ask you to Format the harddrive and to enter the serial # of your Xbox.

Keep undo.bin somewhere safe if you need to reflash it back to original stage

If you have problems after starting hddhackr or if you don’t know what port # is of your WD hdd try reading and following this

For finding port #:
open up jungleflasher and search for the port that its on. Iprep can be misleading as I had the same problem as you guys (tell you the wrong port). After that enter the correct port number in the command line prompt and it should flash properly.
If JF doesn’t work for you, in dosprompt with you HDD pluged in type hddhackr ONLY and it should look like something like this

In this case it says - 5) 0x0960 SATA Sec Master… where 0960 is the port #

Command lines in HDDHACKR

C: Create Partitions 0/2/3
D: Dump sector 16-22 from XBOX360 HDD to file
F: Flash Western Digital firmware
R: Restore Western Digital firmware
PORT: Port to send command to e.g. 09F0
DRIVE POS: A0 for Master, B0 for Slave
SECTOR FILE: Sector dump file e.g. HDDSS.BIN
RESTORE FILE: Firmware restore file e.g. UNDO.BIN

Example for create, dump, flash and restore:
-Create Partitions 0/2/3 - C HDDHACKR C 09F0 A0
-Dump sector 16-22 from XBOX360 HDD to file - HDDHACKR D 09F0 A0 HDDSS.BIN
-Flash Western Digital firmware- HDDHACKR F 09F0 A0 HDDSS.BIN UNDO.BIN (This is what you may need to type. Be sure to find out what port number your sata device has mine was 09F0.)
-Restore Western Digital firmware - HDDHACKR R 09F0 A0 UNDO.BIN

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 out… don’t worry it’s 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


Backing up files and transferring the files with Xplorer360

>>For 60GB and 120GB HDD use Xplorer360 Extreme for backup and transfer, for all other HDDs read below<<

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 the same way ypu connected hacking hdd and boot windows but make sure that before booting into the windows run BIOS and check if the drive is recognized

Now run Xplorer 360 Extreme > 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 run Xplorer360 250GB edition, again right click and
run it as administrator. This works fine with Partition 3 on 250gig drives, however trying to modify anything on partition 0 or 2 will just corrupt the drive!!
If you are hacking a 320gb drive then you want to run Xplorer360 320GB Edition (links on top of the page)
Also don’t 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.

In order to transfer (restore) files to Partition 3 DO NOT right click>inject folder, click Partition 3 in xplorer 360 and just drag the folder that you want to put back into the HDD to Xplorer360

After you have restored any content you can now shut your pc down and put the 250gig drive in your 360’s drive enclosure, it might be an idea to test everything is working correctly before re assembling the enclosure.

This worked for me perfectly

If you have any questions let me know

Credit to InsaneNutter from digiex
Originally written by dzeka1987.
Useful tips, I just copy and paste this from forum for you guys. 
For Phat Xbox360, you have to use a case to use it, you can buy it from me (contact me via Facebook).
If you have slim xbox360, you can just plug it in bare, since the connector are just standard sata connector. But if you need a case, again, get it from me.


Anonymous said...

Salam, nk tanya, kalau guna WD 160Gb pnya, nk guna hddss.bin yg mana? coz yg ada cuma 20,60,250 n 320 je. Tq

Anonymous said...

satu lg nk tnya, ko tulis '5) 0x0960 SATA Sec Master… where 0960 is the port #' tp nape port yg ko guna adalah 09F0? mcm mana buleh jd 09F0?

GreyToshiaki said...

nombor port tu contoh je la. Contoh.
HDD xbox memang kena fix size yg telah dinyatakan. Jadi tak boleh guna 160GB.

John said...

please use the latest hddhackr, this version wont recognise the hdd in the 360...

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