FATXplorer 3.0 beta 31 – password recovery for OG Xbox Western Digital drives

As many people who have done any type of original Xbox modding know, the internal hard-drive is locked using the ATA security feature. This was done by Microsoft as a first line of defense to keep modders out back in the early 2000s. It was quickly defeated, but continues to remain an annoyance to [...]

FATXplorer March 2023 Older CPU Crash Fix

A number of users have recently reported FATXplorer v3.0 beta suddenly failing to start. No error message is shown and FATXplorer is not able to be used. Affected users will find this in their Windows Event Viewer Application error logs: The process was terminated due to an internal error in the [...]

Combined Xbox 360 XL Patches Now Available

48 TB total storage now possible on RGH and JTAG Xbox 360 consoles.

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 28 – new licensing system now implemented

FATXplorer beta 28 is available now and the primary highlight is the new licensing system. From this version onwards, you can now enter your serial number/license key if you have one. A common question beta users have asked is “When/where can I enter my serial number?” The answer is: now! Just [...]

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 26 – Project Stellar support and more

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 26 is available now and has a few additions worth talking about! First, Project Stellar formatting support has been added. Project Stellar is a new modchip for the original Xbox – it’s loaded with features and now FATXplorer can easily prepare hard-drives for [...]

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 25 – major USB and HDD patch update

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 25 is available now. The main highlight is significant updates to both the USB and HDD patches. Over the past few months, many people have reported problems in a wide range of games. In response to these reports, immense time and effort was put in to investigate and develop [...]

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 22 – 16 TB Xbox 360 Internal HDD support + updated USB patches

When I was in high school, around the time the Xbox 360 JTAG hack became popular, one of the first things I did when I got my console modded was upgrade the internal HDD to a custom 500 GB drive. It was a 500 GB, 7200rpm Hitachi Travelstar. At the time, 250 GB was officially the highest you can [...]

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 21 – new OG Xbox HDD lock/unlock tool + other enhancements

A top ask from the original Xbox community has been to add locking and unlocking support to FATXplorer. Initially this was not thought to be possible on modern Windows OS versions due to security restrictions added by Microsoft. After investigating, workarounds were found to allow restricted [...]

FATXplorer 3.0 beta 20 – 16 TB Xbox 360 USB support + increased USB performance, Titan support

This post was updated on August 9, 2022 to reflect changes made by beta 22 and version 2 of the USB patches. It is an exciting time to be an original Xbox or Xbox 360 enthusiast. 2022 has seen 2 new BIOS releases (Cerbios, Titan) for the original Xbox that add support for up to 16 TB internal [...]

Website Updates

A number of updates to the website were published today: Moved to a new server to address performance issues. The experience on the previous web host was not ideal. Everything loads much faster and more reliably now.The homepage will no longer show full posts. Instead, excerpts are shown and [...]
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