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Xbox 360 HDDHackr for WD Scorpio Black Series BEKT

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I have a hard drive form an old laptop that’s compatible with the XBox 360, so I thought I’d try out the HDDHackr firmware flashing program so the XBox 360 Slim would recognize my drive. Things didn’t go exactly as expected, so I thought I’d share my experience.

User InsaneNutter from the Digiex forums wrote a fantastic tutorial including screenshots and detailed instructions:

I followed these instructions, but needed a few more steps at the end because the drive appeared to be full and I wasn’t able to play games from the original Xbox (Forza Motorsport). A couple possible reasons for the differences from the tutorial are:

  • My hard drive was not empty – it had an old installation of Windows.
  • My hard drive model is a WD Scorpio Black Series BEKT (WD2500BEKT-75PVMT0)

The first sign of trouble I saw was the end of the partitioning process with HDDHackr. The program outputs:

Sectors 16-22 rewritten successfully!
Preparing [……………………………] 100 %
Partition 0/2/3 created successfully!

At this point, the program should exist. However, it hangs and won’t respond to any commands. The process did complete successfully, though, with the exception of needing to erase corrupted data on the partitions.

Copying XBox 360 Games to the Hard Drive

XBox 360 games can be copied to an internal hard drive for performance improvements, and this is one reason to install a hard drive in an XBox 360 Slim. To get this working, all I had to do was to format the drive under ‘Storage Devices’ in the system settings by pressing ‘y: Device Options.’

Running Original XBox Games

Some original XBox games can be played on the XBox 360 Slim only if an official Microsoft hard drive is installed (or a compatible hard drive is properly flashed and configured). Wikipedia has a good list of compatible games and limitations:

The official Microsoft page is here:

Microsoft’s instructions for manually downloading game compatibility updates had no effect and no errors. Their instructions seem to be out of date and incorrect:

Even with my hard drive installed and properly recognized to install XBox 360 games, I still got this error when trying to play an original XBox game:

Error when attempting to play original XBox games with hard drive flashed with HDDHackr

I was able to fix this problem using Xplorer360. These instructions from user Hoffman on the Digiex forums were very helpful:

Using these instructions, I found that Partition 2 was filled with corrupted data so the XBox 360 couldn’t download game compatibility updates from XBox Live.

Files saved on Partition 2 – this is the backup .bin saved from my hard drive

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