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#1 majinsoftware

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:27 PM

Well I made a post not long ago trying to get one of my 20gb hdds to work, Had copied every thing in hex from original ms 20gb to my 20gb to find it didnt work and the firmware needed to be modified to reflect the details in the hddss.bin.


First method I tryed was using external programmer and pulled the chip and read the firmware.
Then rewrote the chip, That failed and killed one of my spare 20gb hdds. Think it came down to my soldering skills.

Next method I tryed was using one of the flash utlitys from seagates other brands of hdds.
That failed due to having to many checks on the firmware its going to write, I couldnt find and remove all them with a memory editor so gave up trying that way.


Next thing I tryed was using the tmos to change the info.
That apares to have worked, I managed to change the vendor, fw revision and LBA so it apares just like the original xbox hdd in the bios and when it checks with hddhackr.

Only problem is I should of checked this hdd actually worked first because when ever I try to write to it in hex edit to add the partitions and hddss.bin info it just gives cycle redundancy error. (think its the drive I replaced because it died) And I cant use the PCB from this on of the drive I messed up with soldering the chip on because they are too different.

So I am unable to test it on the xbox but it does look like it should work. I dont have any more spare seagate drives but next week I will buy a new drive for my laptop to replace the 120gb seagate in it.
Then I will have another seagate drive to modify and try that I know works.

Heres the basic instructions of what I did.
Made a TTL serial to usb adapter (same one I use for getting key off liteon drives)
Connect TX to RX on the hdd, RX is the pin next to the sata plug.
Connect RX to TX on the hdd, TX is the 2nd pin from the sata plug.
Other 2 pins are not needed.

Open putty to com of ttl serial to usb adapter.
Power on HDD.
Hdd spits out info into putty.
Then go into command info /C or Q depending on hdd.
Use the commands provided for what you want to change
Or look here and they have a list of commands.
http://files.hddguru...oad/Datasheets/

Power off drive
Restart computer
Connect sata data plug.

Boot into dos.
Run hddhackr intill it says the bit that lists the drive vs the info in the hddss.bin.
Restart
Then went back to windows and opened it with hexedior to add partitions and hddss manually.

Will post again when I get another seagate drive to try (next week)

Feel free to try it your self if you have any spare seagate drives but be aware you might kill the drive.

#2 Millerboy3

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:15 AM

nice if my skills were a bit better i may try this. as i have some 20gbs that dont always want to .... cooperate. happy.gif

#3 majinsoftware

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:24 AM

Shipping was a bit quicker then I thought so I got my new drive today, and took the 120gb out of my laptop.

I managed to get it working with the xbox so its posiable to use seagate drives and tmos to change there details to work with xbox 360.

This drive was a bit harder because it seemed to have most commands disabled. So I had to search google for the command to unlock those commands.

Turned out it was just /1 lol.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:41 AM

majinsoftware,

How do you know what info to change? I've got a 20gb samsung drive that won't work because it's not the original hddss, but I can put the partitions on manually and they show up in xplorer. My 360 doesn't detect it though. I can use samsung's hutil software, but don't know if that would allow me to make the necessary changes, and I don't know what to change to make it match the original drive. Am I understanding correctly that you are using a non-original drive with a copied hddss? I know this is the technical forum so if this is too newbish just ignore me. Thanks.

#5 majinsoftware

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:57 AM

Well you need to change info in the firmware of the drive the match the hddss you are using.

I belive samsung has tmos over serial like seagate.

I changed the
serial number,
model,
Firmware revision,
LBA,

To match my original.

Heres some info I found useful.
http://jdsn.de/2009/...gate-hard-disk/

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:22 AM

QUOTE(majinsoftware @ Aug 22 2009, 04:57 AM) View Post

Well you need to change info in the firmware of the drive the match the hddss you are using.

I belive samsung has tmos over serial like seagate.

I changed the
serial number,
model,
Firmware revision,
LBA,

To match my original.

Heres some info I found useful.
http://jdsn.de/2009/...gate-hard-disk/



Great. Thanks for the info. I'll post again if I make any progress.

#7 Antman1

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 05:17 AM

I have a Hitachi 100gb drive I want to play with this theory on. Any ideas on what I need to do to prepare for this? my drives model is: HTS541010G9SA00 I am just not a 100 percent on what all would need to be done to play with this. if we can get a lot more info maybe this would be something we can find a workaround for so we can make another hdd hacking software without hardware modification and such.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 03:44 PM

I believe the answer for updating Hitachi drives and emplimenting the commands to change the info is in this update file here: http://files.hddguru...achi/R81871.EXE basically it is for another Hitachi drive simular to mine but maybe the command we seek are in there. I am not smart enough to break it down. can anyone with this knowledge have a look and see? maybe we can have this help all.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

I wanna help out.....

I have the HDDSS files for
Samsung HM020GI
Hitachi Travelstart HTS541020G9SA00
Seagate LD 25.1 ST920217AS

These are all 20gb HDD

I also have 2 120gb HDD that i havent gotten the HDDSS files off of yet




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Posted 17 October 2009 - 02:40 AM

Some news?
My original hdd had a seagate momento 5400.4 model with 120gb but i lost all data using xplorer360. I'm longer no have this 'hddss.bin' file. Theres no way to revive it?

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:15 AM

I would like to try this but would like a more detailed explaination of which commands to use.

#12 majinsoftware

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:29 AM

Commands are different for each model and firmware revision. You need to find them out you self by looking on google or trying them out.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:52 PM

I need de Hitachi Travelstart HTS541020G9SA00 hddss.bin, can anybody help me?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:05 PM

QUOTE(djkarupt @ Sep 23 2009, 10:23 PM) View Post

I wanna help out.....

I have the HDDSS files for
Samsung HM020GI
Hitachi Travelstart HTS541020G9SA00
Seagate LD 25.1 ST920217AS

These are all 20gb HDD

I also have 2 120gb HDD that i havent gotten the HDDSS files off of yet



I want the Hitachi Travelstart hddss.bin HTS541020G9SA00

Thanks

QUOTE(Miscelaneo @ Mar 29 2010, 01:52 AM) View Post

I need de Hitachi Travelstart HTS541020G9SA00 hddss.bin, can anybody help me?


I want the Hitachi Travelstart hddss.bin HTS541020G9SA00

Thanks




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