Section 1: Producing a perfect working XBOX ISO Back-Up Image.
Assuming you have acquired all of the tools necessary, producing a perfect working back-up image of almost any XBOX Game is easy. (Only exception is BURNING an Image that is over 4.7 GB, which will be covered later) However, you will need to do a little work upfront. You will need a copy of EVOLUTION X Dashboard
Installed on the XBOX Hard Drive before we can continue. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.
I won’t waste space here boring you with the install setup, especially when a perfectly good guide written by Xantium of Xbox-Scene can be found here: Evolution X DashBoard Setup
. Basic networking
is also needed… follow this guide to Connect the XBOX with your PC: Basic Networking Using EvolutionX if you are having problems. Getting Evolution X onto the XBOX assumes you have had at least some success using some method of burning to get a copy on a disk that would boot the XBOX. If you have a copy of Evolution X in ISO form, but don’t know how to burn it yet, jump ahead to BURNING! Then hope back here.!
With the Networking properly set up on Both the XBOX Evolution X Dashboard, and the PC, you are now ready to start backup-up! With Evolution X Pre-Installed on the XBOX HD already, boot (turn on) the XBOX with no DISC. Once you see the familiar EvoX Dashboard, place a RETAIL XBOX GAME
or Previously Burned Backup
in the drive. Wait for EvoX Dash to report “GAME”. (Default EvoX installs will show this… customized Skins may not
Start your copy of FLASH FXP
. For the sake of this Guide, FLASH will be the FTP Program
of choice, however, almost any will do. You’ll need to either setup a SITE, or use the Quick Connection Options, to connect to the XBOX. Click
, the SITE MANAGER (F4).
From here, you can create a new SITE using the New Site Button at the bottom left. Enter MY XBOX
or whatever you like…
…enter the IP
of the XBOX
(you should know this from EvoX Dashboard setup), and setup the User Name: XBOX
and Password: XBOX
(assuming you haven’t changed either
). Port 21 should be set (default
). Click Apply
. Next click
the OPTIONS Tab
, and ensure that “USE PASSIVE MODE
” is left UNCHECKED
All other settings can be left at defaults, although changing them will have no adverse effects. Now click APPLY
In FlashFxp, you will see 7 folders in the right panel. Marked C D E F X Y Z
. The DVD Drive of the XBOX is Drive D
on the D Folder
. You will now see a Directory listing of the Game Title in that drive. The number of Files and Folders doesn’t matter.
Some games have all of the files (sometimes hundreds
) in the ROOT of the Disc, while others have a hierarchal organization using folders. Regardless, you will want set up a DIR on your PC to receive these files. I’d recommend x:XBOXGAME
, where “x
” is a Hard drive on your PC. We’ll use C:XBOXGAME
as an example. In the left panel, select
the C Drive
, and choose MAKE FOLDER
Name it XBOXGAME
on the new folder called XBOXGAME
It will appear empty. Now select
” all of the files and folders from the XBOX “D” Folder
to the PC “c:XBOXGAME
” Folder. This is the DIRECT RIP method
This may take 1-10 minutes
depending on the speed of your PC Network card, and other issues like current load on the PC, other Network activities, etc. It isn’t uncommon to see speeds of 5000+ KBps
or higher on larger files. When it is complete, you will have a complete FILE for FILE backup of all GAME FILES from the XBOX Game disc. (Note: FILE for FILE is currently the only working method of copying XBOX Game Discs, as the Original Retail Disks are only partially readable in the PC
. If interested, check here
on the XBOX DVD format, and current findings.)Optional Verification
(RECOMMENDED, ) but not necessarily required!
Optionally, you can verify the contents of c:XBOXGAME
against the original manually, file for file. I prefer to do 2 more RIP methods, and compare the contents from all three. You can however skip this, and jump to CLOSE FLASHFXP. Still with me.. good. This is where the optional XBOX specific programs come in. Since you have the Disc in the XBOX still, run XBCOPY
, and COPY
the XBOX game to either E
Folder on the XBOX. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.
This will take 2-10 Minutes
. Now, Find the XBCOPY00x Folder (“x” will be a digit, starting at 1 for each game you rip this way) on the XBOX. With FLASHFXP, “DRAG
” this folder to your PC, to a new Directory… like c:XBOXGAM2
RIP 3 use BOXxplorer
. Use BOXplorer, select the D
folder on the XBOX, then select
” all files and folder on the “D
” Folder. (BIG EDIT HERE thanks to [SDK]Devilman) and copy them.. using BOXPLORER.. to a location on the XBOX HD. With the Files now in there location on the XBOX HD... use FlashFXP to place this third RIP on the PC, in a folder name c:XBOXGAM3
With 3 RIPS, you can use almost any FILE/FOLDER Binary Comparison Tool you can find. Check all 3 folders against each other, if one doesn’t fit, try RE-RIPPING that method. If it still out of whack do some detective work. In the end RIP 1 Method is best, the others are redundant backups.
If all is good… Continue.
You can Close FLASHFXP. Now that we have a known GOOD Rip of the game (you verified right?) we can now proceed to the production of the Perfect ISO for burning. (note: Don’t call it xiso’s… it causes confusion, simply call it ISO, or GDF’ed ISO, or XDFS ISO)
Now you will need GDFIMAGE. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.
Run your copy of GDFIMAGE, execute it from the command line. You’ll see the following: To produce the Proper XDFS ISO, what I call a GDF’ed ISO, we’ll use the following syntax
:GDFimage c:XBOXGAME c:XBOXGDF.ISO
Alternatively, and preferably, you can use a popular Front-End for GDFimage call ISOMAKER 1.1 or 1.21
. It uses a nice simple Windows GUI to point to the “sourceroot
” and “targetfile
” options. It will help prevent mistakes. (New section added later in this guide...
. In the Window that opens, choose the “First” Window, and point it to the location of your RIPPED files… c:XBOXGAME
. In the “Second” Window, select where you want the GDF’ed ISO to go. In our case “C
In the blank at the bottom, enter in the name you want to call it. Type XBOXGDF.ISO
and click MAKE
. It will then launch the Command Line Util GDFimage, and you will see it building the folder and file structure. When it “disappears” it is done!
This will produce a file, called XBOXGDF.ISO
, in the root of your PC’s “C
” Drive. As always.. this will take from 2-10 minutes. See… pretty easy. You are now the Proud Owner of a perfect working GDF’ed ISO for Burning to CDRW, and all the DVD Types of blanks. CDR Covered later
*NOTE: Errors runnning GDFIMAGE or ISOMAKER…GDFimage gives - GDFimage.exe files is linked to missing export kernal32.dll getfilesezeEx
Isomaker gives - runtime error 5 invalid procedure call or argument
This occurs because GDFIMAGE
is expecting to see some VB runtimes
files on your system that it requires. They are included in WIN2000 and WinXP installations. Generally, you will need one of these versions of Windows to do most anything with the XBOX. Exception is LINUX, covered in other Guides!
If you really can’t find GDFIMAGE or ISOMAKER.. and want to use XISO
an ISO (not recommended
) use this older but excellent XISO Build ISO Guide