It’s been rather quiet here, so I thought I would post an update.
Work on the next maintenance update has been in progress for some time. A lot of issues (nothing too big) have been fixed and several features improved based on customer feedback.
I will have more to share soon, along with a fairly large announcement about USB stuff!
A small bugfix has been made to the USB patch. It addresses a problem that arose when the Unconfigure option was selected on the Xbox 360 dashboard.
The download packages have been updated on the website, so all new users will have this fix by default.
For existing users, you can download the new patch file here and place it in your USB Patches folder. Then use the Console USB Patcher to create the new kxam.patch for your console.
This is not a mandatory update, but if you have a free moment, it might be a good idea to update your patch file.
On May 21st the next generation Xbox console is going to be revealed. It is definitely going to be an interesting reveal. With this in mind, several people have sent in support requests asking if FATXplorer will support next generation storage devices.
The answer is yes, support is planned, but remains uncertain. Will they implement a brand new file system? Will they force users to store content in the cloud? Whatever happens, I am looking forward to playing around with the next generation console’s storage systems as soon as possible.
Support for Xbox 360 storage devices will continue past the launch of the next console. I doubt 70 million Xbox 360 consoles are going to disappear anytime soon!
That was not the cleanest migration. Something that was supposed to take a weekend ended up taking two weeks.
Long story short, FATXplorer is now on a new server. It is substantially faster than it was before and you should immediately notice the improvements. An SSL certificate has also been installed, so you may now (optionally) browse the site with a secured https connection.
If you notice a problem somewhere that may be related to the migration, please post a comment below.
In other news, now that the migration is done, the next minor FATXplorer update will be released in the near future. No big changes, just several fixes and enhancements.
The USB patch for the latest Xbox 360 dashboard version (16203) is now available.
The download packages on the site have been updated to include this patch.
For those who already have FATXplorer, you can grab it here.
Normally the goal is for an updated USB patch to be posted the day of or after the release of the corresponding xeBuild. It was done on schedule, but held back while investigating a possible bug. That investigation has pretty much concluded.
Please report any problems with this patch. All updates are done by hand and mistakes are possible.
The second FATXplorer v2.5 update is now available. This update is a fairly large maintenance release put together based on feedback and bug reports.
To obtain this update, simply Check for Updates in FATXplorer or redownload.
This update also brings an updated 16202 USB patch. It resolves a problem with content copying errors when the used space reached 230 GB.
Use the Console USB Patcher wizard to get the new kxam.patch. Overwrite the old one on your storage device and you will be set. You do not need to reformat your USB.
-Fixed a memory issue with clearing URL partitions during formatting and with the Partition Tools.
-Fixed a problem with validation of folder names in the Content/Recovery View.
-Fixed a problem with enumeration names being truncated to 1 letter.
-Timeout problems with license validation have been addressed.
-Progress glitches on the Windows taskbar have been fixed. (Why did no one ever report this before? This problem has been present for over a year and is VERY noticeable!)
-Fixed some UI glitches. (Open with FATXplorer’s… button is now the same size as Integrate into Windows.)
-Fixed sorting errors that occurred in the Recovery View when sorting the columns in the partition root.
-Formatting tools have been enhanced with better text and instructions. The KB pages on the site have also been improved with a better and easier to understand format. NOTE: Some of these pages may be blank – they are still being updated.
-It was recently discovered that the console will not accept USB storage devices with sector sizes other than 512 (0x200) bytes. Larger sector sizes can be seen in newer large (3 TB+) external USB hard-drives. FATXplorer has been updated accordingly to fail to format and detect these devices to avoid confusion. Before you buy a large USB for use on your Xbox 360 console, check with the manufacturer that the device has the appropriate sector size.
-Improvements to the driver installation and better handling of status errors.
-Lots of improvements to text in message boxes and labels throughout the application.
-Overhaul of the errorlog format for improved performance and reliability. It also collects some more information about the operating system to improve internal support services.
-Removed the Licensing ribbon item.
-Internal manifest changes for better Windows 7/8 compatibility.
-The right click menu on the system tray icon now conforms to the skin/theme style.
-Internal enhancements to the RSS news reader and settings system.
-Several smaller enhancements.
This is the first update that includes an updated integration driver. To update the driver, just look on the Start Page. You just have to click one button to install the update. For compatibility reasons, the driver update is mandatory if you want to use Windows Integration in this version. Also, if you decide to go back to v2.5.0 or v2.5.1, you will be asked to downgrade the driver before you can use Windows Integration in those versions. A reboot will be required after the driver update.
Changes relevant to FATXplorer:
-Added handling of the FileHardLinkInformation request (required to support NFS shares).
-Fixed a BSOD that occurred when a file is opened with the FILE_OPEN_REQUIRING_OPLOCK flag.
-Fixed a problem with processing volume labels that are 32 characters long.
There are no new features in this update.
The first FATXplorer v2.5 update is now available. This is a highly recommended update that you should obtain as soon as possible.
This update fixes several bugs reported by customers and enhances a few features.
To obtain this update, simply Check for Updates in FATXplorer or redownload.
-Fixed a major problem with case-sensitivity/preservation. Some users were running into some big problems that could cause duplicate folders to be created, file not found errors, and strange merging behavior. Send in a bug report if you still run into problems like this.
-Fixed device detection problem with some hard-drives that would have a few less sectors than the Security Sector’s.
-Fixed a USB formatting error on Windows 8 64bit systems.
-Content items signed with XDK recovery generated KeyVaults should now validate successfully.
-Added new XContent resume states and avatar values to the Content View property pane.
-The URL Cache partitions are now cleared during formatting procedures on devices that have them, as well as the utility partitions on hard-drives.
-Enhanced formatting tool welcome pages with better text and images.
-Windows XP support has been re-added by downgrading the .NET Framework to v4 (Client Profile).
-Links clicked in the News Feed/Updater will now open in your default browser instead of not opening at all.
-Several smaller enhancements.
This update does not include any updates to the driver.
-A new tool is now included in the package: Driver Uninstaller. Like the name implies, it is a simple command line tool designed for users who want to remove the driver.
FATXplorer v2.5 dropped support for Windows XP due to the upgrade in the framework, but due to popular request, the framework will be downgraded to provide support for Windows XP again.
It wasn’t an easy decision because I like keeping everything new and up to date, but I don’t want to leave some people in the dark.
It is still recommended that you use FATXplorer on Windows 7 or newer to take advantage of all it has to offer. If that is not available to you, FATXplorer will now function on Windows XP.
Expect v188.8.131.52 in a few days with this and a few other fixes to reported issues.
After a little more than a year in development, I am ready to finally release another large update for FATXplorer. v2.0 was a great release, but I think this will be the most popular release yet.
Anticipation has been very high for this version. With larger USB sizes having been craved for years and the new Windows Integration feature being highly anticipated and revolutionary, FATXplorer v2.5 is ready to deliver something truly special.
Normally a change log would go here, but since v2.5 is such a massive update, it would be impossible to list the amount of changes in one post. The Information page has been updated to reflect all the new features, that is where you want to go from here.
So what are you waiting for?!
The death of v2.0
v2.0 had an excellent run, but to facilitate v2.5’s needs completely, it has been completely deactivated and is no longer supported. While the trial version will still function if you manage to find an old link, licensed online copies will now fail to validate with a 400 not found error.
If you have a specific need that v2.5 does not currently fulfill, contact FATXplorer support and a working copy of v2.0 can be sent to you.
Before you download…
Download and install .NET Framework v4.5. This is a required component and FATXplorer will fail to start if you don’t have it. It is relatively new so there is a good chance that you may not have it. Make sure you check Windows Update for the latest updates to your computer as well.
Note to existing customers
Please check your email. Information on how to properly upgrade to v2.5 was sent to all customers.
If you didn’t get an email, check your spam folder.
If you no longer have access to the email you used to order, contact FATXplorer support for assistance.
I look forward to hearing some feedback on this release. Don’t be scared to comment on this post!
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy FATXplorer as much as I did while making it.
UPDATE: Release will be next week due to holiday time constraints. FATXplorer is pretty much done though, all that’s left is the website info update!
If everything goes according to plan, you can expect v2.5 to be officially released some day this week. Over the next few days the contents of the site will undergo changes in order to reflect the new version.
Once v2.5 goes live, v2.0 will die. Due to the necessary server changes, which I will hold wait until the moment of release to alter, v2.0 will fail to start up telling you that there is a problem “decrypting keys” and such. I changed the licensing around a bit to make it much easier for you guys. Everyone will be emailed new serial numbers.
It’s been a long development cycle, but it has paid off. FATXplorer is more powerful than ever and will surely please the masses.
Keep an eye on your email and the news feed!