16537 USB patch now available!

The USB patch for the latest Xbox 360 dashboard version (16537) 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.

If you run into any problems with this new patch, post a comment here.

Enjoy!

HDD, MU, and IMU formatters to be free in the next update

Starting in v2.5.3, the HDD, MU, and IMU formatters will be usable in the trial version. They are normally features only usable with a paid license.

Why?

A lot of people get confused and sometimes think that the formatters can make any device usable on the Xbox 360 console. A lot of people purchase FATXplorer with that in mind, only to be disappointed and request a refund. In an effort to eliminate false purchases and to alleviate confusion, it has been decided that these 3 formatters will be made free.

New customers are now free to take advantage of the formatters during the 7 day trial period. However, once that expires, you will still need to purchase a license to use them, but they are tools you should only really need once.

The USB formatter will remain a paid feature.

Next update coming soon

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!

16203 USB patch hotfix now available!

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.

Commitment to the next generation

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!

Website restored

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.

16203 USB patch now available!

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.

Enjoy!

2.5.2 now available!

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.

Important

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.

Fixes

-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.

Enhancements

-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.

Driver Updates

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.

New Features

There are no new features in this update.

2.5.1 now available!

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.

Fixes

-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.

Enhancements

-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.

Driver Updates

This update does not include any updates to the driver.

New Features

-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.

XP support to be re-added

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 v2.5.0.1 in a few days with this and a few other fixes to reported issues.

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