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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:20 AM

TheSpecialist's HDDHackr v0.91 - Adds Support for WD BEVS-RST Drives
Posted by XanTium | May 8 00:20 EST | News Category: Xbox360
 
TheSpecialist sent us a new update of HDDHackr(info) with added support for Western Digital BEVS-RST HDD series. So you can now create your own 20gb/120gb Xbox360 HDD with any WD-BEVS SATA 2.5" PC/laptop HDD:


(v0.91) Added support for the WD BEVS-RST HDD series. This means that the hddhackr will now work with all WD-BEVS models currently available.

Special thanks to the thethinker_uk for supplying an RST drive and homer2102 for supplying an x360 with vulnerable kernel :)


Official Site: n/a, by TheSpecialist (TS)
Full Readme/Instructions/FAQ: here
Download: here (does NOT include hddss.bin as it's copywrited)




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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:38 AM

Full Readme / NFO:
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Hddhacker v0.91 by the Specialist.

*************************** DISCLAIMER ********************************
This tool has only been tested by me. It worked for me. While great care has been taken, this tool may contain bugs and therefore may seriously harm your HDD. Use at own risk !!!
*************************** DISCLAIMER ********************************


What:
This tool will allow you to use HDD's that are not 'certified' by Microsoft.
This specific tool is written for use with the Western Digital BEVS series only !


How to use:
Get yourself a Western Digital SATA BEVS HDD. To use this tool, you need a HDD security sector file ('hddss.bin'). If you don't have one, here's how to create one from a valid xbox 360 HDD:

* Dumping the hddss.bin file *
Boot to dos from a writeable medium (like a floppy). Connect an *original* xbox 360 HDD to your SATA controller. Make sure it is the only SATA device that is connected. Now run 'hddhackr -d'. This will create a file 'hddss.bin' and it will save it to the path you've started the hddhackr from.

* Modding your Western Digital *
Now turn off your PC and connect the Western Digital and boot to dos again.
Type 'hddhackr -f' from the same path you have saved the hddss.bin file to.
This will flash your FW. It will ask if you want to create an undo file. It is advised to do so. This will create an 'undo.bin' file that you need if you want to undo the hack.

* Check if it worked *
Shut down your pc, reboot again to dos and again type 'hddhackr -f'. It should now tell you that the drive should work in your x360. If so, connect it to your x360 and go to your dashboard/system/memory where you should be able to format the drive.

* Restoring your WD to original state *
If you don't want to use your modded WD in your x360 anymore and you want to flash it back to its original size, then you can now do so. Boot to dos again and run 'hddhackr -u'. This will use the undo.bin file you created before to restore the drive to its original state.



FAQ:

Q. I get an error when I try to dump hddss.bin from a 120 gb HDD.
A. This version can't dump from an elite drive yet. You'll have to dump sectors 16-22 manually with a tool like winhex, save them as 'hddss.bin' and then continue like normal, with the hddhackr.

Q. Will this tool allow me to connect a 500 gb drive to my x360 ?
A. No. The information on sector 16 is signed and can't be changed. You can only use size where you have a valid signature for. In otherwords, if a bigger HDD comes out, you can use that signature.

Q. With which HDD's does this work ?
A. As of version 0.91, it now works with all sizes and versions of the Western Digital Scorpio BEVS series.

Q. Do I need the same size WD HDD as the size on sector 16 states ?
A. No. You can use bigger HDD's, but you can't use more than the size stated in sector 16. You can NOT use smaller HDD's than the size on sector 16 states. For example, you can use a 40 GB HDD with a sector 16 from a 20 GB HDD, but not the other way around of course.

Q. Can I use the HDD in my PC again ?
A. Of course. The tool comes with an 'undo' option, that will restore the original size. For example, you use a 40 gb WD HDD, you used hddss.bin from a valid xbox 20 gb HDD, so the tool will transform your 40 GB HDD into a 20 gb HDD. However, you can restore it to 40 gb anytime you want with the undo option.

Q. I lost my undo.bin file, can I use it from another drive ?
A. There's no guarantee this will work. It might kill your drive. Using
a undo.bin from a different model (LAT/RST) will kill your drive for sure.

Q. I have a x360 core version and want to use this hack to buy a cheap HDD.
But how do i connect it ?
A. If you don't have a premium, you can make the HDD internal. One great tutorial that will show you how to do this: http://forums.xbox-s...o...585414&st=0

Q. The tool doesn't detect my HDD !
A. First, make sure you are running it from dos, not from a dos box under windows.
Ifthe hddhackr does not autodetect your SATA controller (if you have an nForce chipset for example), then you can manually edit the hddhackr to support it.
To do this:

1. Find the two ports that your SATA chipset uses for data communication (see the MTKediting thread ( http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=514126 ) for more detailed info on how to do this), basically, you need to run 'msinfo32', then go to storage/scsi or storage/ide, depending on your SATA chipset and then look for the two adress lines that have a difference of 7 between them.
For example:
I/O-port 0x0000EFE0-0x0000EFE7
I/O-port 0x0000EFAC-0x0000EFAF
I/O-port 0x0000EFA0-0x0000EFA7
I/O-port 0x0000EFA8-0x0000EFAB
I/O-port 0x0000EF90-0x0000EF9F
I/O-port 0x0000E800-0x0000E8FF

In this example the two port numbers you are looking for (with difference of 7) are 0xEFE0 and 0xEFA0.

2. Open the hddhackr.com in a hexeditor and search for the string 'port=MPRT' (it is at the end of the file). Now, that 'MPRT' string is 4 bytes long: 0x4D 0x50 0x52 0x54. You have to replace these four bytes with the 2 port numbers (which are each 2 bytes long, so you replace the 4 bytes in total), so in the example above you replace these four bytes with: '0xEF 0xE0 0xEF 0xA0'.

3. If you then start the hddhackr, it will automatically detect that you have edited that string, so it will skip the SATA autodetector and instead use the port numbers you've supplied.

Q. The hddhackr says the undo.bin file already exists
A. If you previously made an undo.bin file, then you should keep that one. There's no need to create another one. Keep in mind that the undo.bin represents the current state of the drive. So if you flash the drive and create a new undo.bin, it will contain different info. So in short: it's best to only create the undo.bin file ones: the very first time.

Q. Could you do this for my Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung or whatever drive too ?
A. Yes, but I don't have plans to do so. The cheapest WD drive (40 gb) ships for about $50 and thus is one of the cheapest. It is a lot of work to convert this tool for usage with other brands and I don't think it is worth the trouble.

Q. Where can I donate ?
A. Nowhere. Just enjoy

Thanks to: Team MODFREAKz for his initial logic board experiments, Loser for his findings on the sector 16, Antman1 and Rutger1413 for supplying info about the new 120 gb signature, thethinker_uk for supplying an RST drive, Homer2102 for supplying a x360 with vulnerable kernel and everybody else at XS/XBH.

TS in may 2007


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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:09 AM

bad ass biggrin.gif

lots of work put into this im sure... well appreciated even though i wont need to use this for a while.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:17 AM

Nice work! We just dont say thanks enough, so THANKS to everyone involved even those who aided in this project by providing the hardware needed.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:34 AM

If anyones intrested, heres an 120 gig combatible drive for 79$
http://www.newegg.co...TC-pr1c3grabb3r

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:40 AM

TS: you know the problems I had with my drive.

Well my testing concluded the following.

The drive took the firmware as you and I have discussed. And you know it wouldnt format in the 360.
I think the drive was either flaky when I got it or it got damaged by the 360 im betting the first cause now its got the click of death.

Using spinrite and int call i tried to bring it back to life...but to no avail...so it will be on its way to newegg tomorrow for an rma...sigh...now I got to wait another 3 days. Pain in my butt.

Ill try it again when I got the new drive and let you know how it goes. Thaks for you help.


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Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:22 AM

I too have to say GREAT WORK! Thou i am not so sure what is the big point of this. To be able to get it to work you already need a 120Gb disk right? And noone in his/hers right mind would dump the files needed from there drives to let ppl have them in case that m$ bans them from Live.
Have i missed something here?
I think that m$ is cheap asses to sell the 120gb disk so damn expensive thou, half the price they want would be fair enough i think. Thou i would not need a 120gb in a very far future. Here in sweden the download content from Marketplace is very slim. Well i hope that it iwll build up in the near future

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:35 AM

THANKS for the upgrade. I annoyed my vendor when I bought my LAT one (by constantly reminding him I needed the LAT version lol), future purchases will be much easier if any.

Now, the only step left is to be able to access the drive from the PC (xplorer360 beta6 doesn't work for WD drives apparently, at least not for me) so that I can xfer from the 20G on it (no, I do NOT have a transfer cable since I made my drive, not purchased it through MS). And in Europe where I live, I haven't seen yet either the 120G or the 512MU, so basically I'm toast. Well, I probably *could* transfer the files to a small MU, then from the MU to the 120G, but that's not really satisfactory.

I would like to know if any of you have a method for accessing it from the PC directly (once it is formatted by the 360, of course...). I have a talismoon device.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 08:07 AM

Can this be done on a UK XBOX360? I might consider this soon since the 120GB can be obtained pretty cheap. Just need the Video Marketplace here asap.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 08:22 AM

I don't believe the region of the 360 matters. So yes it can be done.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 11:20 AM

Great work, when I get my Elite in November I'm so gonna have 2 120GB hard drives XD!

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 11:26 AM

QUOTE(zest @ May 8 2007, 02:58 AM) View Post

I too have to say GREAT WORK! Thou i am not so sure what is the big point of this. To be able to get it to work you already need a 120Gb disk right? And noone in his/hers right mind would dump the files needed from there drives to let ppl have them in case that m$ bans them from Live.
Have i missed something here?
I think that m$ is cheap asses to sell the 120gb disk so damn expensive thou, half the price they want would be fair enough i think. Thou i would not need a 120gb in a very far future. Here in sweden the download content from Marketplace is very slim. Well i hope that it iwll build up in the near future


i thought the whole point of this hack was to let the customer buy a third party drive and save money?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:55 PM

Yep, it's nice that we can get the drive for cheaper but without sector 16 it doesn't do me any good.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 02:37 PM

QUOTE
Plse read the rules ,
and the following pinned thread: Finding Pc Tools And Utilities For The X360


Clear instructions were already given on the hddss.bin in the HDDHackr v0.90 thread, and it did not take long for people to start hinting again that they do not have it and ...
QUOTE(appleguru @ Apr 23 2007, 01:04 AM) View Post

Just to end any possible trouble before it starts, do NOT ask where to find the "hddss.bin" file here. It contains copyrighted material, and as such is not allowed here.

Anyone asking for the hddss.bin file or posting links/information on where to get the file will be BANNED. This is your first and FINAL warning. This thread will be hard moderated and closely watched. Keep it clean guys!


and other rules as for not requesting software still apply, that includes hddss.bin or others like the Undo file.
It also applies whether you request directly or through some stupid attempt to cover the request.
Anything that looks like an invitation to be sent file will be sanctionned.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:03 PM

While I probably won't use this tool anytime (20gig is more than enough for me) I still think it's nice that people take their time to develop new things for the consoles. Good job !




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