HDDHackr v1.30 Build 20110303

** Notes **

- HDDHackr is made only for real MS-DOS, not for windows command prompt or even windows XP/Vista/7 !!!!

- 99% of problems appears to be Mainboard chipset (SATA Chipset) or some BIOS configurations (RAID, AHCI, LegacyIDE, ...), not HDDHacker app!!

- Use Bootable USB Drive Creator Tool to prepare USB drive.

Version History

(v1.30) - Latest
* SATA and IDE port scan improved
(The ports are now enumerated with the CONFIG_ADDRESS and CONFIG_DATA register instead of using interrupts)
* PATA and SATA controllers list updated
* Automatic Device Reset
* Code optimization to work with modern SATA2 controllers added
(Remember to set SATA controllers to IDE and not AHCI mode)

* Extended Modelnumber String detection
(new hard drives have two Modelnumber strings)


* Fixed issue with LBA 28/48-bit address comparison
* Confirmed HddHacker supports hard drives manufactured 2010
- WD Scorpio Blue Series BPVT
- WD AV-25 Series BUDT

(v1.22) Please do not use anymore!
* Added support for the Western Digital Scorpio Series manufactured 2009

(v1.20) Please do not use anymore!
* Fixed issue with Intel ICH9, ICH10 and VIA chipsets
* Implemented progress bar
* Added support for 80GB and 250GB HDDs (HDDSS.BIN required)

(v1.11) Please do not use anymore!
* Fixed issue, that sometimes caused flashing of Model Name to incorrect offset.

(v1.10) Please do not use anymore!
* Added option to create Partitions 0/2/3 (no more manual hex editing)
* Bug fixed, that caused errors like "LBA size does not match"
* Improved compatibility
* Minor changes

Please do not use anymore!
* Completely new version core
* Two flashing modes, Auto and Manual
* Western Digital Vendor Intro Power Brute for misflashed drives
* Minimized incompatibility problems
* Improved exception handling
* Confirmed HddHacker supports
- WD Scorpio Series BEVS/BEAS
- WD Scorpio Blue Series BEVS/BEVT
- WD Scorpio Black Series BEKT/BJKT
- WD VelociRaptor Series

* Changed restore command to -r "HddHacker -r"
* Changed appearance for more read comfort.
* Changed from .COM to .EXE

(v0.91) Please do not use anymore!
* Added support for the WD BEVS "RST" HDD series and maybe some others.

(v0.90) Please do not use anymore!
* Support for WD 120GB Hard Drives
* Supports ONLY the WD BEVS 'LAT' version!

(v0.82B) Please do not use anymore!
* Added option to flash the Western Digital back to its original state
* Improved no more manual copying of sectors
* Improved compatibility, should now really work with all BEVS models
* Bug fixed, that caused flashing of incorrect serial number in some rare cases.

(v0.50B) Please do not use anymore!
* Initial Version

How to use

HddHacker supports two flashing modes, Auto and Manual. Typing HddHackr at a DOS prompt will start auto mode. In auto mode all hard drives will be detected automatically. In manual mode you can enter all the parameters used for flashing by hand.

The following help screen is displayed if you start HddHacker with a wrong number of arguments:

C: Create Partitions 0/2/3
D: Dump sector 16-22 from XBOX360 HDD to file
F: Flash Western Digital firmware
R: Restore Western Digital firmware
PORT: Port to send command to e.g. 09F0
DRIVE POS: A0 for Master, B0 for Slave
SECTOR FILE: Sector dump file e.g. HDDSS.BIN
RESTORE FILE: Firmware restore file e.g. UNDO.BIN

Example for create, dump, flash and restore:

Explanation of the Parameters

- this will set the mode of operation, it is recommended to first try to dump the XBOX360 hard drive data, if the dump will fail, it is highly unlikely that a flash or restore will succeed on the Western Digital drive

- the port to which the Hard Drive is connected, a port number should always be entered in hexadecimal and have 4 hex digits, valid ports are: 01F0, 09F0, .....
- this option can be used if your PCI adapter card or on board SATA ports are
not identified by the auto mode

- on SATA ports this value is always A0, cause you can only connect a master drive to a SATA port, so for SATA you will always type A0 here

- name of the sector 16-22 dump file better known as HDDSS.BIN

- name of the firmware restore file e.g. UNDO.BIN

Using HddHacker in manual mode

* Dumping the HDDSS.BIN file *
Boot to MS-DOS from a writeable medium (like a floppy or UBS Stick).
Connect an *original* Xbox360 HDD to your SATA controller. Make sure it is the only SATA device that is connected. Now run 'HDDHACKR D [PORT] A0 HDDSS.BIN' and it will create the file 'HDDSS.BIN' and save it to the path you've started HddHacker from.

* Creating Partitions 0/2/3 *
In auto-mode the Partition 0/2/3 will be created automaticly to make the drive compatible with "Xplorer360" and XBOX360 Console. In manual-mode you have to type 'HDDHACKR C [PORT] A0'.

* Flashing your Western Digital *
Turn off your PC and connect the Western Digital hard drive. Boot to MS-DOS again. Type 'HDDHACKR F [PORT] A0 HDDSS.BIN UNDO.BIN' from the same path you have saved the HDDSS.BIN file to. This will create an 'UNDO.BIN' file that you need if you want to undo the hack and flash your firmware back to the original state.

* Restoring your WD to original state *
If you don't want to use your modded WD HDD in your XBOX360 anymore and you want to flash it back to its original size/state, then you can now do so. Boot to MS-DOS and run 'HDDHACKR R [PORT] A0 UNDO.BIN'. This will use the UNDO.BIN file you created before to restore the drive to its original state.

* Vendor Intro Power Brute for misflashed drives *
To enter the recovery mode you should boot to MS-DOS, connect your hard drive to PC and type 'HDDHACKR R [PORT] A0 UNDO.BIN'. If the hard drive is misflashed you will be prompted with:
"Western Digital Vendor Intro failed on port [PORT]"
"Do you want to resend the command until the drive responds (Y/N)?"
Press YES, disconnect the hard drive from power and connect it again.
You should get Status 0x50 and the drive will be reflashed.


Q. Is it true that in several cases, booting PC with connected HDD
will change LBA size of my hard drive and it will no longer work in x360?
A. Yes, most modern mainboard/BIOS manufacturer modify LBA size,
they cut the harddrive for HPA and store additional BIOS data at the end of a hard disk. So if you have such mainboard that uses this technology, do not have the a hard drive powered on during BIOS detection, it will break XBOX360 compatibility To get the x360 compatibility back, simply reflash the HDDSS.BIN.

Q. I heard lot of people having problems with the new 2010/2011 models.
Does it matter wich moddel I have?
A. The 2010/2011 drive are the same, lots of people have hacked them perfectly. 99% of problems appear to be SATA chipset or BIOS configuration.

Q. Will this tool allow me to connect a 500GB drive to my x360 ?
A. No. The information on sector 16 is signed and can't be changed. You can
only use the size where you have a valid signature for. In otherwords, if a
bigger HDD comes out, then you can use that signature.

Q. With which HDD's does this work ?
A. As of version 1.30, it now works with all sizes and versions of the
WesternDigital Scorpio Series.

Q. Do I need the same size WD HDD as the size on sector 16 states ?
A. No. You can use bigger HDD's, but you can't use more than the size stated
in sector 16. You can NOT use smaller HDD's than the size on sector 16 states. For example, you can use a 40GB HDD with a sector 16 from a 20GB HDD, but not the other way around of course.

Q. Can I use the HDD in my PC again ?
A. Of course. The tool comes with an 'restore' option, that will restore the
original size. For example, you use a 40GB WD HDD, you used HDDSS.BIN from
a valid xbox360 20GB HDD, so the tool will transform your 40GB HDD into a 20GB HDD. However, you can restore it to 40GB anytime you want with the restore option.

Q. I lost my UNDO.BIN file, can I use it from another drive ?
A. There's no guarantee this will work. It might kill your drive. Using a UNDO.BIN from a different model (e.g. LAT/RST) will kill your drive for sure.

Q. I have a XBOX360 Core/Arcade version and want to use this hack to buy a cheap HDD. But how do i connect it ?
A. If you don't have a Premium/Elite, you can make the HDD internal. One great tutorial that will show you how to do this:

Q. The tool doesn't detect my HDD !
A. First, make sure you are running it from real MS-DOS, not from a DOS box under windows. If the HddHacker does not autodetect your SATA controller then let us know about it.

Q. The HddHacker says the UNDO.BIN file already exists.
A. If you previously made an UNDO.BIN file, then you should keep that one. There's no need to create another one. Keep in mind that the UNDO.BIN represents the current state of the drive.

Q. Could you do this for my Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung or whatever drive too ?
A. Yes, but I don't have plans to do so. It is a lot of work to convert this tool
for usage with other brands and don't think it is worth the trouble.

Q. Where can I donate ?
A. Nowhere. Just enjoy!