Xtreme Boot Maker MS25 drive

The following process will set up a bootable USB flash drive with everything necessary to read your original firmware and write the hacked firmware onto the drive. We will use Xtreme Boot Maker to hex-edit MTKFlash, format the USB drive (or any other bootable and formattable device), and copy the files onto it.

First, you need to make sure Microsoft .NET Framework v2 is installed. It is needed for Xtreme Boot Maker to run. If you do not have this installed, you will be prompted to download and install it.

Second, you need to make sure the drivers for your SATA chipset are installed. Use either the CD that came with your computer/SATA card, or use the manufacturer's web site to install the drivers.

Once you have that taken care of, you can download and install Xtreme Boot Maker.

Once you have that taken care of, you can download and install Xtreme Boot Maker.

1. First go to the tab "General Options" of Xtreme Boot Maker

2. Hit the Open button to browse your computer and select the .rar archive xtreme52.rar you have just downloaded from Xbins.

3. Now select the option "Use Custom Controller" , and click "List SCSI Controller".. It should now auto-detect the ID and the I/O.

Now go to the tab "Create Basic Disk"

Now go to the tab "Create Basic Disk"

5. Now enter the Serial of the 360 located on the back of the 360.

6. Now select the Xtreme firmware version you want to have flashed to your Samsung drive. Here's a little info on the different xtreme 5.2 versions:

For Xtreme 5.2A backup Read Speed is always same as original game disks 12x. Original discs unaffected

For Xtreme 5.2B backup Read Speed is always quiet/slow. Original discs unaffected.

For Xtreme 5.2C default backup Read Speed is same as original game disks 12x. When Original Game disk is booted, all subsequent backup loading will be at Quiet/Slow Read mode, Original Game disks are unaffected. Turn console off/on to reset back to Default backup read speed (12x). Quiet/Slow Read Speed is for quiet operation and/or cheap DVD+R DL media.

For Xtreme 5.2D default backup Read Speed is Quiet/Slow 2-4x. When Original Game disk is booted, all subsequent backup loading will be at Fast Read mode 12x, Original Game disks are unaffected. Turn console off/on to reset back to Default backup read speed for backups (2-4x).

7. Now select your USB drive (highly recommended) or any other bootable and formattable device, click "Format / Make Drive Bootable" and then click "Create Disk" to create the bootpartition Xtreme.

Reading the original firmware

Power off both your PC and Xbox 360. Make sure the Xbox 360 power cable and video cable are both plugged in. You do not need to hook up the video to a TV, but the cable does have to be plugged into the Xbox 360. Now unhook the small black SATA cable connecting the Xbox 360 DVD drive to the motherboard. Have a long SATA cable connected to your PC, but leave it unplugged from the Xbox 360 drive.

Now disconnect each other drive in your PC. You should disconnect all IDE-drives and SATA-drives from your motherboard, so they do not accidentally get flashed with the hacked firmware. Physically unhooking them is the best solution. Now only the USB bootable partition is connected to your PC which is what you want to be booted.

Now turn on your PC, and then turn on your Xbox 360. Let the PC boot from the bootable medium you have just created with Xtreme Boot Maker 0.5.3.

When you reach the DOS command prompt it'll look like this:

Xtreme Boot Disk U0.5.2

------------------------------------[x-projects.org]—

Xtreme Boot Disk is a collection of MSDOS applications that allow you to modify a Xbox 360s Samsung DUD driue.

The Disk can only be used for the 360 you set in Xtreme Boot Maker

Usage:

To read Firmware and make a hacked Firmware ready for flashing: xBead

To flash Firmware: xFlash

Now when you have reached this screen, plug the SATA cable into the Xbox 360 DVD drive.

Type in the following command, using your Xbox 360 serial number you have entered in Xtreme Boot Maker.

xRead 1234567 1234 [Press Enter]

If you get an error like "Directory already exists" or "MKDIR failed..." don't worry. xRead is trying to create a new folder but you already have one, so there's no need to.

MTKFlash should run and your SATA controller should be listed. If you see an item in the list named "XTREME", choose that. This is not your USBflash drive, as some people were guessing. It is actually your SATA controller. Xtreme Boot Maker will name it this when it creates the MTKFlash. Select your SATA controller and it should make a backup of your original firmware. Then you will see something pop up really fast. After it is done creating the hacked firmware, it will give you the next instructions:

"Now unplug the SATA cable and power-cycle the PC and DVD drive before running xFlash 1234567 1234"

So do just that. Unplug the SATA cable from the 360 DVD drive and power off the Xbox 360, then the PC.

Flashing the Hacked Firmware

Turn on your PC again, and then turn on your Xbox 360 again. Let the PC boot from the bootable medium again.

When you reach the DOS command prompt it'll look like this again:_

Xtreme Boot Disk U0.5.2

{trene Boot Disk is a collection of MSDOS applications that allow you to nodify a Xbox 360s Samsung DUD driue.

rhe Disk can only be used for the 360 you set in Xtrene Boot Maker sage :

o read Firmware and make a hacked Firmware ready for flashing: <Bead ro flash Firmware: <Flash

Now when you have reached this screen, plug the SATA cable into the Xbox 360 DVD drive.

Type in the following command, using your Xbox 360 serial number you have entered in Xtreme Boot Maker.

xFlash 1234567 1234 [Press Enter]

MTKFlash should run and your SATA controller should be listed. Select your SATA controller and it will flash the drive with your hacked firmware. It should flash 4 banks. The 4th bank may say something like Datasum, this is normal. When it is done flashing unplug the SATA cable from the 360 DVD drive, power off the Xbox 360, and power off your PC. Reconnect the 360 DVD drive to the 360 motherboard and test it.

Backing up your original firmware

After flashing, boot into Windows. Plug in your USB drive and find your orig.bin in the BACKUPS folder. This is your Xbox 360 drive firmware and needs tob e kept safe! Make a copy of the file. Then make another one on another drive. Then make another somewhere else. Email it to yourself. You get the drift.

Upgrading your firmware

Note : this upgrade only necessary after Xtreme v4.x

Firmware versions v4.x or higher include FirmGuard, which makes reading and writing to the drive much more difficult. This FirmGuard uses the MS28 core firmware lockout routines. In order to be able to read or write from a drive that is flashed with 4.x/5.x firmware, you would follow the previous directions for setting up Xtreme Boot Maker and follow the directions for flashing with this one extra step:

You need to disable FirmGuard. Burn the enable0800.iso found here to a DVD+R DL using IMGBurn or CloneCD. Even though the .iso image is only about 250mb, it needs to be burned onto DVD+R DL for it to work correctly.

Now when following the above instructions to read/flash your dvd drive, remember to do this AFTER plugging in the SATA into the 360 drive (when reaching DOS command!!):

Note : Restarting the Xbox360 disables the 0800 mode. VIA chipset users see below!

1. Insert the 0800 disc. Let it spin up and read the disc. It usually takes a good 10 to 20 seconds. If you listen carefully, you can hear the drive laser shift and when you hear no more sounds except for the constant spinning disc, the disc has done the job.

2. FirmGuard should now be disabled, and you should be able to read and write to the drive just like it was a normal MS25 drive.

VIA chipset users

VIA chipset users can disable FirmGuard in a different way. All you have to do is follow the instructions for "Bad Flashing an MS28 Drive". Basically what you need to do for the MS-25 you want to upgrade, is make a Xtreme Boot Disk with the option "Apply Bokes Patch" enabled. Using this option and the 10 seconds trick used in the MS-28 tutorial will let you flash to the DVD-drive.

Restoring your original firmware

If you ever wanted to restore your original firmware for what reasons, then all you would need to do to restore your original firmware is use the directions for upgrading firmware, to disable FirmGuard, so you are able to flash your original firmware to the Xbox360 DVD drive.

Few things you need to keep in mind:

- Be sure after you've created the boot disk with Xtreme Boot Maker, to transfer your original firmware you have backed up earlier, to your boot disk. Make a folder in Backups /[7-digit serial]/[5-digit serial]/ on the bootdisk you have just made, and copy over your orig.bin.

- You can't use xRead or xFlash to restore original firmware. When you are ready to flash and you have disabled FirmGuard, in this case you have to use the command :

MTKFlash w /m /sata Backups/[7-digit serial]/[5-digit serial]/orig.bin

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