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How to Replace/Spoof a Xbox 360 DVD Drive

How to Replace/Spoof a Xbox 360 DVD Drive
Published by forahobby on 2007-12-05
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Introduction
I just recently had a few 360 dvdrom drives that had died and I needed to learn how to spoof the firmware, drive keys etc etc onto the new replacement drives that I had purchased so here's a tutorial i worked on.

For the tutorial i will be replacing a broken Hitachi 0047 drive with a Hitachi 0046 drive and updating the firmware, keys and spoofing it to match the original drive. You can use this tutorial as a base for replacing/spoofing just about any drive. I hope this helps you all out and explains in more detail to help you not brick your drives.

Required Items
- Original/Broken 360 DVD Drive -OR- Firmware backup (Hitachi)
- Replacement 360 DVD Drive (Hitachi or Samsung)
- Slax (Hitachi 78 and above only)
- Firmware Toolbox 4.5

Let's get started

1. Original/Broken 360 DVD Drive:

Please Note:
If you already have a backup of the original/broken Xbox 360 Drive firmware please proceed to Step 2.

1.1. Connect the "Original/Broken Hitachi DVD drive" to your pc via SATA connection.

1.2. Place the dvdrom drive into MODE B with SLAX or the CrossWire Trick (Hitachi 78 and above only support SLAX Method).

Please Note:
Once you have the drive in MODE B you will notice it will take 3 presses on the eject buton to close the drive.

1.3. With the Original/Broken drive now in MODE B restart your PC and make sure that the new drive has been identified by Windows. Once the new hardware has been found and installed it will be shown in the my computer/explorer area on your pc as a additional dvd-rom drive.

1.4. Insert a DVD Movie or an XBOX/XBOX 360 game into the "Original/Broken Hitachi DVD drive". Even if the laser is nearly dead it may read a dvd-r movie just fine so try it.

1.5. Open Firmware Toolbox 4.5

1.6. Choose 'Tools -> Direct Drive Dump (GDR ONLY)

1.7 On the next screen choose 'RAW DUMP' and save the file as "original.bin". If you have problems with 'RAW DUMP' try 'CLASSIC DUMP'.

eg. c:/xbox360/hitachi0047/606HG324277-may2006/original.bin

Make sure you can identify the backup firmware in future by placing it in a directory that matches the serial number which is located on the sticker of the dvdrom drive. This will make it much easier to identify in the future.

2. Replacement Xbox 360 DVD Drive

2.1. Connect the "Replacement Hitachi DVD drive" to your pc via SATA connection.

2.2. Place the dvdrom drive into MODE B with SLAX or the CrossWire Trick (Hitachi 78 and above only support SLAX Method).

Please Note:
Once you have the drive in MODE B you will notice it will take 3 presses on the eject buton to close the drive.

2.3. With the replacement drive now in MODE B restart your PC and make sure that the new drive has been identified by Windows. Once the new hardware has been found and installed it will be shown in the my computer/explorer area on your pc as a additional dvd-rom drive.

2.4. Insert a DVD Movie or an XBOX/XBOX 360 game into the "Replacement Hitachi DVD drive".

2.5. Open Firmware Toolbox 4.5

2.6. Choose 'Tools -> Direct Drive Dump (GDR ONLY)

2.7 On the next screen choose 'RAW DUMP' and save the file as "original.bin". If you have problems with 'RAW DUMP' try 'CLASSIC DUMP'.

eg. c:/xbox360/hitachi0046/606HG324240-may2006/original.bin

Make sure you can identify the backup firmware in future by placing it in a directory that matches the serial number which is located on the sticker of the dvdrom drive. This will make it much easier to identify in the future.

2.8 When the firmware is backed up it will ask you if you want to open it. Choose "yes".

2.9. Now select "Tools->Spoof Firmware" from the Firmware Toolbox 4.5 menus.

2.10. Choose the version that you would like the fw to report back as. Leave all other options as they are.

Please note:
- Spoofing a drive as itself has the effect of UNSPOOFING it

2.11. Now Click "APPLY SPOOF"

2.12. Choose "Tools->Smart Hack Patcher", a window warning will appear, choose OK.

2.13. Choose the output file name, we suggest calling it "final.bin" and save it at the same location as the original. The ruleset option should be automatically selected for you so leave it alone.

eg. c:/xbox360/hitachi0046/606HG324240-may2006/final.bin

2.14 Push the "Generate File" button, if everything goes fine the file will be generated almost instantly

2.15 Once the file has been generated it will ask you if you want to open it. Choose "Yes".

2.16 The Main Window will show the generated file (final.bin). You will notice that the spoofed information is shown in bold.

3. Original/Broken Firmware Key
3.1. Open the old original/broken dvd drive firmware which you backed up in step 1. Choose the Browse for file button "..." to load the original/broken dvdrive firmware.

3.2 With the old broken dvd drive firmware now loaded you will notice the "Key Information @" area in the center of the 360 Firmware Toolbox application.

3.3 Highlight the entire key and copy it by right clicking your mouse and selecting copy or press Ctrl + C so we can paste it into our new replacement drive.

3.4. Open the replacement dvd drive firmware named "final.bin" which you created in step 2. Choose the Browse for file button "..." to load the firmware.

3.5 Paste the Key into the "Key Information

3.6. Click on "Replace Key" and it will update the firmware with the new key you have just pasted.

4. Check Firmware Differences
4.1. Before flashing the drive i always suggest re-opening the old firmware from step 1. Then open the final.bin firmware you just created in step 3 and make sure keys and other information match just to be safe.

If your happy that your keys etc match then move onto flashing the drive.

5. Flashing the Replacement Drive
5.1. Choose "Tools->Direct Drive Flash->Differential Flash Patch".

5.2. Make sure the Hitachi drive you want to flash is selected

5.3. Click the "Read Drive and Detect Differences" button, after a few seconds the sectors list below the button should be populated.

5.4. It will now ask you if you would like to keep the keys from the drive.. Choose 'No'.

5.5. Click the "Start Flashing" button and choose the flash mode.. I suggest using the 0047 flasher for 47 drives etc etc..

5.6. After a few seconds the flashing is complete.

If you would like to discuss this tutorial further please check out of official 360-hq Forum topic.

forahobby


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