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Current Version: v1.40
Written by Team MODFREAKz
Category: Harddrive Tools
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This tool will allow you to use HDD's that are not 'certified' by Microsoft.
This specific tool is written for use with some Western Digital HDDs series only!

Version History

What's new/fixed v1.40:
- Updated SATA and PATA controller list
- Added support for 320GB and 500GB hard drives (HDDSS.BIN required)
- Added support to adjust Idle Timer (IntelliPark)
- Confirmed HddHacker supports hard drives manufactured till 2013

What's new/fixed v1.30 Build 20110303:
- 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)

What's new/fixed v1.25 Build 20101114 :
* Extended Modelnumber String detection (new hard drives have two Modelnumber strings)

What's new/fixed v1.24 Build 20100904:
* 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

What's new/fixed v1.00
* 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

What's new/fixed v0.91B
* Changed restore command to -r "HddHacker -r"
* Changed appearance for more read comfort.
* Changed from .COM to .EXE

What's new/fixed v0.91
* Added support for the WD BEVS "RST" HDD series and maybe some others.

What's new/fixedv0.90
* Support for WD 120GB Hard Drives
* Supports ONLY the WD BEVS 'LAT' version!

What's new/fixedv0.82B
* 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.

What's new/fixedv0.50B
* 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:

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 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.

* Flashing your Western Digital *
Now 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.


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 1.00, 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: http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=9542.0

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!

Thanks to: Team MODFREAKz for his initial logic board experiments, Loser for his
findings on the sector 16, Antman1 and Rutger1413 for supplying info about the
new 120 gb signature, thethinker_uk for supplying an RST drive, Homer2102 for
supplying a x360 with vulnerable kernel and everybody else at XS/XBH.

Special thanks to The Specialist for his excellent assembler app!

Modfreakz and Schtrom in May 2009

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