20 GB to 120 GB Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 Hardware Customizations' started by ECOxDC, Dec 23, 2008 with 17 replies and 7,131 views.

  1. Smokin 7s

    Smokin 7s Contributor

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    First of I just want to say that I did not come up with this hack. All credit goes to +Pa Fallen.

    This might take you some time.

    Microsoft expects us to pay close to 200 bucks to upgrade the Xbox 360 hard drive from a 20 GB to a 120 GB. That's about 120gb SATA drive actually costs. But with this slightly tricky hack, you can bundle while boosting your game consoles storage capacity to hold more music, video and other media files, and now hold your games.

    You'll need a DOS installation on a writable flas thumb drive for this hack. [ the utility does not work under windows, and you'll also be disconnecting your pc's hard drive.] First grab a spare USB thumb drive and copy the HP Drive key boot utility [ find.pcworld.com/61421]to it.The utility is designed for HP flash drives,but it works on other types of flash drives,too. Also download
    and mount a DOS image file [ find.pcworld.com/61422 ]. In windows Vista, right-click the HP utility and run it as administrator. Select the thumb drive, choose the FAT structure, click the Create a DOS startup disk check box, and pick the DOS files when prompted. Then download the DOS xbox utility, HDDhackr [find.pcworld.com/61423], copy it to the root level of the thumb drive.

    This hack is designed to work with a specific drive, the 120gb Western Digital Scorpio, model number WDGWD1200BEVS. You'll be replacing the drive's native firmware with Xbox-recognized firmware. You can track down the firmware online by doing a search for "hddss.bin 120 Xbox 360." Place the hddss.bin file in the root of your DOS thumb drive.

    With your pc turned off, unplug any other SATA devices and then connect the new Scorpio drive to one of the SATA cables and to a power lead. Afterward, boot from your DOS thumb drive [ specify a boot drive in your PC's BIOS, if necessary]. At the DOS commandline, type run hddhackr-f and press <enter>. You'll be prompted to make a backup of the original drive firmware; do so.

    Continue with the process to flash the firmware on the new hard drive. After a few seconds, you'll be prompted to restart the computer. Once you have done so, run the "hddhackr-f" command again, and it should report that the hard drive has been formatted for the Xbox 360.

    Use torx screwdrivers to remove the 20gb hard drive from your Xbox and to remove the drive from its case. Swap the formatted western digital drive into the case, put it back together, and start the console. Follow the prompt under System - memory to format the new drive; after formatting is complete, the drive will be ready to use.

    If you don't really get it check the video:



    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WR9inneEkA"]YouTube - Video Tutorial Upgrade Xbox 360 Hard Drive[/ame]

    *******All props go to
    +Pa Fallen.*******
     
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  2. Beezy 4 sheezy

    Beezy 4 sheezy Banned

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  3. Noah ATR

    Noah ATR Enthusiast

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    I did it and it works but the hard drive isn't recognized by xplorer360 even after I reformatted it twice...

    edit: I am using windows vista and running it as an administrator btw
     
  4. Danhrules

    Danhrules VIP VIP

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    I did this a few months ago using [Click here to view the link] tutorial.

    @NOAH ATR: You need the 'Xtreme 2' version of Xplorer 360 Beta 6 to be able to read the drive. See the post I linked to above.
     
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  5. Mcmodder

    Mcmodder Newbie

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    WoW im going to do this. Iv always wonted to like make my hdd bigger but did not wont to buy and new one as i have the halo 3 xbox but now i can thanks.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  6. Otaku Se7en

    Otaku Se7en The Old School Retired

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    Dahn, I have a 60GB that none of the Xplorer 360 programs my friends have given me will open. I've tried Extreme 2, it won't npen my profiles.
     
  7. Otaku Se7en

    Otaku Se7en The Old School Retired

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    Have you installed any .net framework packs or anything?
    Can you give me a link?
     
  8. Otaku Se7en

    Otaku Se7en The Old School Retired

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    didn't this come in the Halo 3 Toy Box? I'll try it but it didn't work before.
     
  9. Otaku Se7en

    Otaku Se7en The Old School Retired

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    It did not, I can't get to my profiles and such. Are you on XP or Vista?
     
  10. B-rad

    B-rad Press On

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    I posted another form of this tutorial already but nice job anyways. :smile:
     
  11. Otaku Se7en

    Otaku Se7en The Old School Retired

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    Does anyone have a for sure working way to open a 60 GB HDD? Nothing seems to work.
     
  12. rosenrot vosa

    rosenrot vosa Newbie

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    Wow, this is sick.

    i'll have to give this one a shot.:smile:
     
  13. gcnd0001

    gcnd0001 Enthusiast

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  14. gcnd0001

    gcnd0001 Enthusiast

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  15. Simian

    Simian Newbie

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    Does anyone know a place where I could download the Xbox Emulator (Partition 2 on the HDD)?
    I've been searching for it all over.
     
  16. BAGHDADBOB

    BAGHDADBOB Enthusiast

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    I have a masscool sata with silicon image sil 3112 sata raid controller chip set, and when I run hddhakr -f and I hit y it says that i have to connect the right hard drive. I have a WD 12000Bevs-22usto

    I/O ports
    0x0000DC98-0x0000DC9B
    0x0000DC9C-0x0000DC9F
    0x0000DCA0-0x0000DCA7
    0x0000DCA8-0x0000DCAF
    0x0000DCB0-0x0000DCBF
     
  17. ChiefJoboo

    ChiefJoboo Getting There

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    [Click here to view the link]

    heres a link if you want beta 6 and xtreme 2
     
  18. faxmonkey

    faxmonkey Newbie

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    I have the same question.