Microsoft Xbox 360 Dumping Guide

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This is a dumping guide for the Xbox 360 system, and includes dumping for discs with both XGD2 and XGD3 copy protection. For other Xbox system dumping guides see Microsoft Xbox Dumping Guide and Microsoft Xbox One Dumping Guide.

Forum discussion on original Xbox and Xbox 360 dumping here, additional discussion about Xbox 360 dumping here.


Two Methods of Dumping

There are two methods of dumping Xbox games. The method used will be determined by which type of disc you have, Kreon or 0800. Xbox discs with XGD3 protection can only be dumped with 0800 drives.

Dumping with 0800 drives

  • Download: Xbox Backup Creator app
  • Open the Xbox Backup Creator app.
  • On the "Options" tab, check "Build Clean ISO".
  • On the "Read" tab, uncheck "Use Sector Mapper (Xbox One)".
  • Click the Start button on the Read tab.
  • A read error should occur shortly after starting the dump. This is normal. Check the box "Apply zero fill to all remaining sector errors." and click the "Zero-Fill Sector(s)" button.
  • When the dump is complete, make sure that the log window reports exactly 65536 unrecoverable sectors. These are the security sectors. If the number is higher, this means there were actual read errors and your dump is likely bad. Some games can still be read at a slower speed and with more attempts at reading bad sectors. On the Options tab, choose your drive under the "Drive Specific" section, then choose "Xbox One" in the dropdown beneath. Then set Block Retry Limit and Sector Retry Limit to 20, and Set Speed to 1x. The dump will take a bit longer, but dumpers have managed to save otherwise bad discs by reading them in this manner.
  • After extracting the SS, run ss_sector_range on the SS.bin file to clean it and to obtain the security sector ranges.

Kreon drive Setup & Dumping

Tools / First Time Setup

  • Kreon disc drive models:
    • SH-162C aka TS-H352C aka SD-M2012C(?)
    • SH-D162D aka TS-H352D
    • SH-D163A aka TS-H353A
    • SH-D163B aka TS-H353B (this model does not work with an external adapter)
  • Flash your Kreon disc drive's firmware:
    • Download the appropriate firmware for your model:
    • Unzip the firmware software, open up the command line and cd (change directory) to it's location.
    • Run the command: sfdnwin.exe -nocheck
    • You'll get a pop up that says "-Nocheck Use!!!", click "OK" beneath it. This will open the SFDNWIN app.
    • In the app, select your "Drive".
    • Click the light-blue Folder icon in the upper left part of the app, then select the ".bin" file that came with the app.
    • Click the green Folder icon.
    • If successful you will be asked to restart your computer, do this.
  • Xbox Backup Creator app: Download and open.
    • Under the "Options" tab choose "Build Clean ISO". Closing the app will keep this setting as default.
  • ss_sector_range


  • Xbox Backup Creator:
    • Open the Xbox Backup Creator app by double clicking on "Xbox Backup Creator.exe".
    • Navigate to the "Drive Tools" tab then click "Security Sector". Save this file ("SS.bin") into the "ss_sector_range" folder. NOTE: XBC will show "Xbox XGD3 Flag: 06" in the log window after you dump the SS.bin if the disc has XGD3 copy protection. This means you need a 0800 drive to dump this disc with.
    • Click on "PFI Sector" ("PFI.bin") and "DMI Sector" ("DMI.bin") to save these as well in the same location.
  • Press the eject button on your drive twice so that it will open and close your drive (remounting the Xbox partitions). DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
  • In the "ss_sector_range" folder you downloaded, double click on the "ss bin to sectors text.bat" file.
  • In Xbox Backup Creator app: Under the "Read" tab choose "Complete Backup", then click "Start" to dump your Xbox game to an .iso file.

Submitting Dump Info

Work in Progress.

  • SSv1 or SSv2
    • If you dumped with the Kreon method: submit the contents of SS.bin as "SSv1: [SS.bin text contents goes here]".
    • If you dumped with the 0080 method:title the SS for XGD3 discs as SSv2 and SS for XGD2 discs as SSv1. (ss_sector_range will convert/downgrade original XGD2 SSv2 files to SSv1, so that 0800 drive SS files will match Kreon drive SS files).
  • Region: To determine Region open DMI.bin in Windows' Notepad app. At offset 40 you'll find a string like AV202202E0X11. This string contains valuable information: in this case, AV2022 is the disc serial (AV-2022). 02 is the version (1.02). E is the region (Europe). Finally, the last two bytes tell you that it's Disc 1 of 1. Don't trust that "region" value too much; sometimes, games that have been cut for a specific country (Germany, for example) and have been exclusively sold there still bear the "E" or "W" region code.
    • W = World
    • A = USA (America)
    • J = Japan (or Asia)
    • E = Europe (might be Germany only for example, or any other European country)
    • K = (USA, Japan)
    • L = (USA, Europe)
    • H = (Japan, Europe)


In case you're verifying a dump that is already in the database, don't worry if your DMI's and SS's CRCs don't match. They often differ between various regions, even if the actual image checksums match. The PFI, on the other hand, should be identical for all games of a certain WAVE. Known PFI CRCs so far are:

  • WAVE1: 739CEAB3
  • WAVE2: A4CFB59C
  • WAVE3: 2A4CCBD3
  • WAVE4: 05C6C409
  • WAVE5: 05C6C409
  • WAVE6: 05C6C409
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