I think ldots has done an excellent job is releasing Xbox HD Maker (xboxhdm), so I wrote a little FAQ to try to convince people to use it. I know that a lot of people are wary of using Linux, so this should answer some questions and clear up any misconceptions.
Please read the topic Xbox Hd Rescue/(re)builder Cd. All-in-one Package
for information on what this tool is for and how to use it.1. Do I have to install Linux on my PC?
No, you can boot it directly from a CD. In fact, you don't even have to have your PC hard drive connected (unless you want to copy files from it).2. Do I need to unlock/hotswap my Xbox drive first?
Yes. You either need to unlock the drive and disable the password with either UnLockX or hdunlock/hddisabl (both programs are provided on the CD), or you need to hotswap the drive. However, if you choose to hotswap, then be aware that there are some file operations that you shouldn't do (check the readme).3. If I have my Windows hard drive connected, will I be able to use it?
Yes, xboxhdm has support for both NTFS and FAT drives. You only need to mount them with the correct command.4. If I don't have my PC hard drive connected, how do I copy the files I need (e.g. Dashboard 4920)?
Burn it onto the xboxhdm CD. Place the files in the \linux directory (or a subdirectory of it), and then build the ISO. Building the ISO is simply a matter of double-clicking a batch file. If you want the files to be automatically copied onto the hard drive when using the "build new drive" option, then place the files in the C and E directories.5. Is there something Windows-based that I can use to access my Xbox hard drive instead?
Yes, but none of them are very reliable.HDD_Driver
MAY allow you to access your Xbox, but it is very buggy. To work around the bugs, you may have to use a sector editor on your hard drive (risky), or you may have to back up and restore your hard drive several times (takes a LONG time, and takes a lot of disk space). Even if you CAN get HDD_Driver to work, it doesn't even let you create directories on the hard drive!
The other Windows utilities available (e.g. Fat-X-Plorer
, HD fatXbox Explorer
) always seem to crash on startup.6. What do I need to know if I don't know Linux?
Not very much. You can run 'xbrowser' for a nice semi-graphical user interface, or you can learn a few Linux commands (which is similar to using a DOS command prompt).7. What kind of file operations can I do?
Pretty much anything that you would need to. You can copy and delete files, move and rename files, create and remove directories, or even clone an entire drive.8. What about xlinux?
Xbox HD Maker is like an expanded version of xlinux. It has more features, is more customizable, and is more user-friendly then xlinux. It does take some of its parts from xlinux, so it's similar in many ways too. If you know how to use xlinux, then you already know how to use xboxhdm. This post has been edited by Grospolina: Apr 27 2004, 04:10 PM