One thing about Slayers, though. Yeah, it sets up some apps for you on the HDD, but personally I donít like how (meaning what apps) it sets up, as many to most users are just unnecessary, or have better alternatives. For examples (IMHO):
boXplorer? Youíll get tired of evox as your default dash pretty soon and want to start playing around with (as independent apps, and later switching to one as a replacement for evox) other dashs, most all of which have much better file browers/managers.
XCommander? See above.
HDLoader, nope, go with dvd2xbox (theyíre both on 2.6)
XBWatch? Has anybody ever used this? Not that I know of (Iím not bashing it or the dev, though)
Avalaunch? An awesome dash, but the thing is, you can either install ALL these apps or none at all if Iím reading the docs right (and per my experience).
So, what Iím trying to say is, for a smart guy like you, you ought to use Slayers to format the new drive and install evox on it so you can start booting evox from your HD and not need the disc. I donít like to do the full install personally, be you ought to (even though I said they are often unnecessary) go with the full shebang, Option 3A) Full Install on Large HDD Ė *C* 5960. Thatíll put evox on C Drive, and all the apps in the right places (meaning F: Drive, in folders that confirms to naming conventions we mostly all use, see below).
Then you can see how an F Drive is often set up, with folders named Apps, Emu (or Emulators), Games, Music, Videos, etc. Then I recommend FTPing into your now booting-evox-from-HDD xbox, and deleting the folders for any apps you donít want (like XBWatch, or the Adam emulator (or I donít know maybe youíre old enough to want to use itÖ personally, Iím an Atari 2600 man, so all I need is z26
) Take a good look at the the evox.ini file, too, to see how to mod and add/remove links to apps in the menu, or flat out rearrange it. Read this great breakdown of the evox.ini file
for reference. If youíve survived O-Chem and grew up in the days of DOS (or at least the birth of HTML), youíll do fine. Once you get the hang of it, the syntax is quite simple. Itís just a pain in the assÖ(which is why youíll want to upgrade to Avalaunch or UnleashX, etc. as your default dash).
But, when youíre good and ready, weíre gonna forget all that shit and get you running Xbox Media Center as your main dash, cause it fucking RULES. Though donít be surprised it posts follow contradicting me, like ďnaw, itís way to hard to set upĒ or ď(insert dash here) is better because it has telnetĒ (but who the hell needs telnet on an XBOX
?), etc. But once you see the newest builds (not just the basic release that comes in slayers) running, especially
as a dash, youíll understandÖ
But for the very valuable experience of learning how to install apps gotten from the usual places yourself, start learning, with our help. If you donít learn now, what will you do when a really killer app comes out and you donít know what to do with it?
So, basically, mod the bios, follow the instructions and make a BIOS disc of your new, cool bios, flash it with Cromwell, put the new drive in, use Slayers option 3A) Full Install on Large HDD Ė *C* 5960, get it booting from the HDD, then start peeking around the F Drive and the evox.ini like I said above (but make a backup of it first before you change things (you can keep a copy on your PC, or just copy it to some file like evox.bak, etc. on the root of your boxes C: drive, where the real one resides).