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Moving 360 HDD’s

Thought moving from a 20gb to the 60gb drive I got for chrimbo would be easy, unfortunatly not. Microsoft in their wisdom dont ship the MS transfer cable with the drive, so I picked up one of the 3rd party SATA ones up.

Cable works fine, unfortunatly the software leaves a bit to be desired, yes I know it’s freeware and I could not do better, and MS don’t make it easy by using FAT-X instead of a real disk format.

In the end what I did was this, pull the latest Datel XPort 1.12 down and do a backup of the 20gb (just in case), now copy the partition3\Contents folder to somewhere.

Add the new hdd to the machine via USB or SATA and copy the Contents folder back over to partition3. If it all copies over just fine then lucky you, a coplete backup, if like me you have strange dropouts and crashes of the XPort software then your best bet is to just copy over the Profiles (save games etc), to do that copy all the contents from the Contents folder over except the 0000000000 folder (that’s the downloaded content), then re-download all the stuff you want, re-downloading has one benefit, you only download the stuff you want and unclutter the disk.

Point of note though, if the software does crash on you mid copy, make sure you DELETE the folder one above before re-copying data, else the space that was allocated just vanishes.

The Return of the ‘BanHammer’

I’ve been reading all the blog posts, forums, and complaints about Microsoft bringing back their ‘banhammer’ on the 360.

So let’s explain the banning, Microsoft are detecting modifications to the firmware on the DVD-Rom drives and locking the console from accessing Live.

There are lots of complaints about Microsoft doing this, and I cant really work out what people are complaining about, so I’ve decided to post this to try explain some things to people thinking of doing the mod to their consoles.

Now I’m not against people wanting to make backup’s of their game media, in fact I’m all for it and would wish Microsoft would address the problem and allow managed copies of their game disks as I’ve lost a disk or two myself to DVD scratching. This has kind of been addressed with the new NXE update coming soon, as it allows copying to the hard disk, so well done Microsoft.

Now the excuses that people have for doing this. The most common is they want to backup their disk’s, ok, to those that do then great, and in some countries the copyright law allows people to do it. However in most, it’s illegal. However lets be honest, most people do it so they can ‘get backups’ off the internet, and hey I’m not totally against that either, although developers deserve to be paid for a decent product, and most of the games have a decent demo nowadays to try before you buy.

OK, let’s talk about those countries where it IS allowed to copy your own disks and patch your firmware. Now Microsoft are not saying those countries cannot copy disks, they are just saying if you do, and bypass their intellectual rights then you cannot connect to THEIR live service, they don’t stop the 360 work, they just stop it connecting to their proprietary, and free (for silver) online service, and you cannot really blame them, they are trying to protect everyone else on the service. Yes you may be L337, but the 12 year old next door isn’t (well he probably is, but hey) and it’s up to Microsoft to protect them when they use the service. 

Like I said, Microsoft are not killing the 360, just the online connection.

So if you want to use a patched 360 that’s up to you, but make sure your prepared to only play offline, because eventually Microsoft will catch up with everyone that has patched their 360’s.

And before anyone flames me, I have patched the original XBox, it was good to run homebrew, however until someone works out how to do the same or similar on the 360 I doubt I’ll patch mine.

Microsoft Keynote

So then we know

  • NXE (new firmware) is Nov 19th
  • The Flood are in Halo Wars
  • Halo 3 Recon vid was shown off (prologue to Halo 3) and you play an ODST recon Marine.
  • Tekken 6 on 360 at launch
  • Live gets – Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Metal Slug 7, King of Fighters 98, and a personal favourite R-Type.
  • Oh and 14 million Live subscribers now with 20 million 360’s sold.

So there we have it, not a massive amount of ‘unknowns’ but not a bad run-up to Christmas it seems.

Now just tell me when Rock Band 2 is out FFS!

XBox Live

With all the issues with the Microsoft XBox Live service over the last few weeks, there is a bit of a debate starting about the cost of the service, and why Gold users are not being compensated for the issues.

A good post was popped up onto the XBox official forums. However it seems someone at Microsoft disliked the message posted, and shortly after posting, it was taken down.

Here is a link to a saved copy of the message, but here is an excerpt

Yes, we’re getting a free Xbox Live Arcade game as compensation for nearly 3 weeks of Xbox Live downtime. Woohoo. No details have been given, and as a result I suspect that this free game will be a specific title or list of titles which Microsoft will choose. I feel that at the very least we deserve to be either refunded for a month of Xbox Live or given a free month on top of this. Think about it, if your cell phone service had trouble for a month, dropping calls, refusing to dial numbers, etc., you wouldn’t be satisfied with a free cell phone game. The first step would be a refund for that month and then some sort of compensation for the inconvenience on top of that.

I can’t say I agree more, well said. Pop and read the article, and please let’s try make Microsoft understand, us the users of Live would like to feel more valued.

Oh and not to be put to shame, Sony are mirroring the Live issues with the PS Store. They just cannot let Microsoft get the one up.

CES – Microsoft Keynote

070107_ces_gates_vmed9p_widec OK, so the ‘Big’ XBox announcement was that BT are going to use the 360 as a device to stream their broadband TV service to, big deal, that will help the three people that want to use the service. Oh well.

Other things that can be worked out from the keynote?

Well, the new version of Vista Picture Gallery seemed to have export to Flickr in it, which is nice, or at least the presenter that was showing off the Windows Live stuff had it in her Vista (seems a bit of an oxy moron, but hey) – Update, cheers to Simon, Here’s a link to the download of the beta.

The 360 has 10 million Live users now, and 17.7 million consoles in the wild, with the largest attachment rate in industry history. All good news for the MS Console.

No news on HD-DVD and the rumoured Toshiba announcement, perhaps it’s because of the recent Warner Blu-Ray exclusive announcement. So perhaps Toshiba asked for the news to be cut from the Keynote?

Disney, ABC, MGM have signed up to allow their content onto the Microsoft Download TV service (along with the BT streaming stuff).

4073022_0b6edb5710_m No real Windows Mobile announcements, but we have the news about what’s coming in that anyhow.

We got reminded about Media Center, that it ships with Vista (some versions anyhow).

We got to see the Zune Social, yeah ship it to Europe you muppets! also saw the Ford Sync car stuff, ho hum, it’s all been in the Fiat range for 12 months now, so nothing new there, just Ford USA are (as usual) 12 months behind.

So the real reason for the event was to say goodbye to Bill, he leaves MS (full time) this year, and goes on to run his and his wife’s charity.

It’s kind of sad to see Bill leave Microsoft, yeah he is’nt leaving it fully, but, hey MS would not be MS without him….. I suppose now we will see.