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How to clone a hard drive for Backup or use in another XBOX (v0.1)

Tutorial written by : Jeepman

This tutorial assumes:

- basic hardware skills & knowledge (IDE Master vs. Slave, Jumpers, etc)
- basic DOS skills, BIOS navigation, etc.
- that your XBOX either has a mod chip installed that supports Hard drive swap or have the BIOS flashed with a cracked BIOS that support HDD swap.

Recommendations:

• Make sure the hard drive you are cloning is fully functional and has on it all the games or apps backed up that you want on the new HDD.
• Make sure the EvolutionX Dashboard or a Dashboard or your choice is installed on the hard drive you are going to clone. (http://www.xboxscene.com/articles/evox-install.php)
• Hard drives should be the same size. (I have not tried with different sizes but since you are doing bit for bit cloning, I would expect problems if the drives are different sizes)

Instructions:

1) Make a Norton Ghost 2002 boot disk. (There are other programs that will do bit for bit copying but Norton was the easiest for me here). If you use something else and it don’t work, I reserve the right to say ‘I told you so’).

2) Set the Jumper(s) on the original hard drive so that the HDD is master and install it into your PC.

3) Set Jumper(s) on the hard drive to be cloned so that the HDD is slave and install it on the same IDE channel in the PC.
note: You can do the Original as Master on IDE1, and the Clone as Master on IDE2, but be CAREFUL NOT to kill your original HDD by overwriting the clone to it. Doing as outlined here makes it more ‘obvious’ as to what should be copied where… however, proceed at your own peril.

4) Make sure your computer CMOS is set to boot to the floppy first and boot the computer off the Ghost 2002 boot disk.

5) Once the program loads, go to the menu and quit or exit to DOS.

6) Re-execute Ghost from DOS but this time add the switch “/ir”. At the DOS prompt type: “ghostpe /ir”. This will allow Ghost to simply copy bit for bit on the clone rather than try to read the image on the original HDD as a valid FAT32 or NTFS.

7) When Ghost has loaded this time, open the menu and go to “Disk” and then “to Disk”.

8) Select the original hard drive as the source. (If you jumpered the original as the master it will be the top drive to select in the menu and will have a “Raw Image”)

9) Select the new hard drive as the destination and give her nuts.

10) This process will take about 45 minutes to clone an 80 gig hard drive depending on your computer speed.

11) When the clone is finished, the new hard drive should work identical to the original in any modded xbox that supports HDD swap.

12) Take the hard drives out of the PC and rejumper them to what they were before you installed them into the computer, most likely CS (cable select) or MAS (master).

13) Install them back into the XBOX or put the back up hard drive in a safe place and you are done.

14) This will work in place of installing a hard drive and portioning it via ftp if you are swapping hard drives on an xbox. You will just need to find someone with a hard drive you can clone.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH HARD DRIVE IS WHICH WHEN YOU GO TO CLONE THEM. BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOU CAN DESTROY THE ORIGINAL HARD DRIVE IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL.

If you do torch it, then again, I ‘told you so’. Don’t bug me or msg me… and if your question is something like ‘how do I get into the BIOS?’ then just take your HDD and throw it out the window… ‘cuz when you are done with this tutorial, that is all it will be good for. =)

Tutorial written by : Jeepman

 

 

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