NOTE: The betas are FREE and do not require a license to use.
Thank you for your interest in the FATXplorer 3.0 beta! The beta is an opportunity to try out FATXplorer 3.0 before its final release. Please keep in mind that a lot can change before the final release, and that there may be bugs or performance issues.
Please note that the betas include some basic error reporting and analytics. It is enabled by default in the betas and you’ll be able turn it off in the final release. No personal information or files are ever sent to the server.
For more information on what you can expect in the betas, check out these posts:
What is new since v2.5?
- Original Xbox support! A lot of work went into ensuring that EVERYTHING is completely supported. If something appears to be missing, please do report it.
- Stock/retail/XDK HDD support – all sizes & partitions. F & G drives also supported on large disks that have them (10 GB+).
- Homebrew HDD support – all sizes & partitions. These are HDDs set up with partition tables.
- Memory units/USBs formatted as memory units
- Dump/image files
- Xbox 360 cache partitions can now be explored (when they are FATX-formatted, which depends on the title that triggered its creation).
- Added support for a few more Xbox 360 XDK HDD partitions: Partition3, MuEmulation0, MuEmulation1. It’s unknown if these are FATX-formatted, but they’ll show up if they are. Furthermore, these appear to be deprecated and may only be on very old HDDs.
- 4K sector support. OEM disks do not use 4K sectors, but any drive bought in the past several years will probably be 4K. For these disks that people choose to use with their Xbox, FATXplorer will utilize the 4K sector size for all reads and writes for increased performance.
- A total redesign of both the UI and underlying code, utilizing a new font (Segoe UI), SVGs, and .NET Core.
- Light and dark mode, with an option to automatically sync with your Windows default app mode setting.
- 7 different UI colors to choose from.
- New Show Log buttons for device detection and global. This can help you figure out why your devices don’t show up, or help diagnose other problems.
- When selecting a partition to mount, most of them now have descriptions to help you understand what is inside each one.
- Devices/partitions can now be mounted read-only to prevent accidental/unintended writes.
- New Advanced Information section when loading drives. You can see your drive’s health/SMART values.
- The driver can be uninstalled in-app now by hovering over the “Driver: Installed” section of the status bar and clicking “Uninstall”.
- A much-improved integration/mounting driver. It works mostly the same as it currently does in v2.5, but there are several technical things of note:
- There have been many stability and performance improvements. It should also work better in modern Windows versions.
- Mounted drives are now assigned a unique GUID that should be unique per partition until it is reformatted. Some applications may use GUIDs for various purposes.
- File IDs have been implemented. Application developers may find this useful. Each ID is guaranteed to be unique, but IDs will change if the item is moved to a different directory. Additionally, if an item is deleted and a new one internally overwrites the deleted item, the new one will assume the deleted item’s ID.
- Volume IDs, which were previously generated randomly per mount, should now be unique per partition until it is reformatted. Some applications may use volume IDs for various purposes.
- Mounted drives will now display FATX16 or FATX32 as the file system instead of just FATX.
- Some attributes will now stick if you set them.
- OG Xbox: Read-Only, Hidden, System, Archive
- Xbox 360: Hidden – (Attributes are slimmed down compared to OG Xbox)
- Some icons may appear small when Windows’ display scaling is greater than 100%.
- FATXplorer is getting a new icon! It’s not ready yet, so you will see a generic icon for now.
Beta 1-3 Notes & Goals
The primary goal is to ensure all devices are loaded correctly and files can be read/accessed without issue. With that, beta 1-3 will only mount drives as read-only. Write access will be enabled in a future beta release once a little more testing has been conducted. This may be disappointing to some, but it’s important that unfinished write code is not published to avoid potential drive corruption.
With beta 1-3, please try loading all devices you have, make sure everything shows up correctly, and that you’re able to use your favorite programs to interact with the files.
Beta 1-3 may seem limited in scope, but most of the hard/time consuming work is almost done, so future betas will get more features at an accelerated rate.
IMPORTANT: Something new – please read: FATXplorer v2.5 runs on .NET Framework and FATXplorer v3.0 runs on something new: .NET Core (3.1). It is very likely you do not have the .NET Core 3.1 runtime installed (Windows Update doesn’t deliver it), so you need to download & install it yourself for the betas to work.
Latest FATXplorer beta version download (expires July 12, 2020):
The minimum OS requirement is Windows 7 SP1.
A fully-functional updater is included. Once a new beta is released, FATXplorer will let you know and download & install it for you with 1 click!
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