A lot of people have had problems installing new HDs. Making a custom evox.ini can be confusing, and finding a Xbox HD format app can be hard. This tutorial shows you how to format a brand new HD with nothing more than a stock version of Evolution-X Dashboard on a CDRW or DVD-R.
First, back up all your files from your C: and E: ( and F: if you had one) drives to your computer.
Install your new HD into the Xbox. It does NOT need to be formatted or prepared in any way. Just throw it in there. Note that most HDs ship with the jumper set to CS (cable select) this works most of the time, you may need to set it to MA (Master).
Burn the EvoX dashboard to a CDRW or DVD-R (no CDRs). I suggest using the pre-made ISO Dummy images that can be found on the net. Dummy images are simply ISO images with 500+ MB of "dummy" data to force the EvoX data to the outer rim of the CDRW where it can be read easier. You might try doing a google search for evolutionx_beta_v1.8.3285-Dummy-Static.rar, or look around IRC.
Launch Evolution-X Dashboard off CDRW/DVD-R. If you drive doesn't read it the first time, don't give up. Turn the Xbox off completely while the disk is still in it, and then back on. If it doesn't boot again, keep trying. It may take a dozen or more tries.
With Evox Dash booted off CDRW/DVD-R, connect through FlashFXP (Windows) or Transmit (MacOS).
You will now need to send "Raw FTP Commands" with your FTP client. You may have to hunt through the pull down menus for an option called "send raw FTP command." Send the following "Raw FTP Command" with your FTP client:
The FTP app will echo a hard drive key (display a long number in the log window [FlashFXP] or a dialog box [Transmit]). Use that key for the next command.
FormatDrive 'the number' (no quotes)
Do the same as above for the next few raw commands:
FormatDrive 'the number'
FormatDrive 'the number'
Your drive is now formatted and ready to use. Partitions X:, Y:, and Z: will be created automagically.
All you need to do now, is get Evox on the HD. FTP the "default.xbe" from your D: to your computer. Then rename the file to "evoxdash.xbe" and FTP it back to the C:. Then copy the "evox.ini" from the D: to your computer and then back to the C:. Pull your CDRW/DVD-R out, and reboot.
Then you can FTP all your contents of your backed up drive from your computer to the Xbox.
Edit: fixed backslashes. -gain
Edited by Cheule, 13 June 2003 - 04:41 AM.