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I have an XBOX HDD that I want to install in my PC and make a backup of it.  How do I do that.  I have tried installing the drive into my pc but it will not read XBOX HDD.
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by:magus123
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by:ngravatt
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your computer cannot read the XBOX hard drive.  You cant just 'plug it in' to the IDE cable without formatting it.

you can download and install file managment applications on your xbox that will allow you to copy the information to a different location.  Like XBcopy or xtoolbox.  I would get on the IRC channels (efnet) or take magus123s suggestion and go to xbox-scene.com and ask the same question.
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by:AshuraKnight
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Why don't you upgrade the HDD for your XBOX ? :)

 *--Harddrive replacements--*
-not responsible for any damages done--


The stock MS harddrive varies from around 8GB to 10GB, depending on the number on the harddrive. Most XBOX games average around 1 to 2GBs in size, so the stock drive allows you to save only about 4 - 6 games. lets change that!

-Overview/Requirements-
You need to have a mod chip installed onto your xbox, flashed with a bios that alllows for a HD swap (evolution X and EvoX bioses do, not sure about others, i personally use EvoX D6 Eject Fix Bios)

1. In the evolution X dashboard, go to system utils > Backup. this will back up important info into the C:\Backup\ folder on your xbox (make sure that it does backup, some earlier versions of evolution x dashboard didn't backup the files right, evolution x dashboard v 1.8.3285 works beautifully, there should be five files in there)

2. Backup both your C and E drives of the xbox harddrive (you'll want this to copy back onto the new harddrive and to have just in case)

3. Make a new folder for the evolution x dashboard hd install cd we need to make.
You can use the evox.ini file from the xbox (the one we backed up earlier). You'll need to change a few things in it:
-leave everything else above this part alone, but go down to the [MENU] part.
Replace what is there with this:


[Menu]
Section "Install Menu"
{
Item "Install New Drive",@210
Item "Settings",@9
Item "Reboot",@5
}

[Action_10]

Info "Install HDD"
Warning "This will format all drives"
Warning "Make sure you have a backup of C & E"
Progress "Formatting Drives"

ConfigSector "\backup\disk.bin"
Format c:
Format e:
Format f:
Format x:
format y:
format z:

[Action_11]

[Action_12]


-then save it to the new folder, also copy over your evolution x dashboard file and rename it to default.xbe and also copy the folder "Backup" from the C:\Backup of the xbox.
so you have these files in the new folder:

evox.ini
default.xbe
\backup\bios.bin
\backup\disk.bin
\backup\eeprom.bin
\backup\hddinfo.txt
\backup\hddkey.bin

and then make an xbox image file (i use xISO) and burn it to a blank cd-rw (one that you know works in your xbox).

4. Disassemble your xbox and replace the Harddrive (make sure the jumpers on the harddrive are set to Primary or Master.
I am not sure about what harddrives work or not.. but i would assume any IDE ata/100 5400RPM or better, the max size you can replace is about 130GB, i guess the xbox doesn't recognize anything above that or something...
Now hook up the harddrive like any harddrive and reassemble your xbox.
(keep your old xbox harddrive, just in case something goes awry)

5. Boot up your xbox with the cd we just created in step 3. It will load the evoluation x dashboard, go the the Install HD and follow the steps and wait for it to finish.

6. then just reinstall your c and e drives and make sure your evox.ini file or settings has USE F Drive? to a Y for YES. Your F Drive on the new hd will be the biggest and where you'll want to save games, music or apps..
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by:bmhicks78
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I have a modified XBox with a 120GB drive on it.  That gives you approx. 106 or so useable gigabytes of space.

A good way to back it up is to just use a freeware FTP client.  Just make sure that your computer & your XBox are turned on, and you will be able to browse between the two.  I do this to transfer music & movies to/from the XBox if I travel.  Makes a good way to kill time in a hotel while away.

The guy who mod'd my XBox actually has about a Terabyte of of space on a server at home.  He burns the games to his XBox and then FTP's them to the server for storage.  Made it nice when he mod'd my box, was just able to send it all over his LAN overnight.  Goodtimes.
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by:jbwasted
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To actually answer your question, there is a xbox filesystem driver for win2k.
http://dwl.xbox-scene.com/~xbox/xbox-scene/tools/harddrive/FATXExplorer.zip
There is a readme in that zip that suggests how to dump.
I've never used it, so YMMV.

Also, make sure your hard drive is unlocked before you take it out of the xbox, or you won't be able to read it in the win2k box no matter what.

If your xbox isn't modded it can be hard or impossible to unlock to unlock the drive.

Good luck
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by:jbwasted
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Also, if all you want to do is back it up...
If you have a modded xbox just run evox or any other dashboard witha  ftp server... and transfer with ftp.
By far the easiest way.

Oh, and as with my other post above, there are actually a few different drivers available,  check here.
http://www.xbox-scene.com/tools/tools.php?page=harddrive

If you need to transfer the drive, and can't unlock your drive, you may be able to hotswap the drive.
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