Microsoft Xbox Dumping Guide

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This is a dumping guide for the original Xbox system. For other Xbox system dumping guides see Microsoft Xbox 360 Dumping Guide and Microsoft Xbox One Dumping Guide.

Forum discussion on original Xbox and Xbox 360 dumping here.

Contents

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.

Kreon drive Setup & Dumping

Tools / First Time Setup

  • Kreon disc drive.
  • 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 2.9.0.425
  • FreeCell & ss_sector_range

Dumping

Dump with this guide: Disc Dumping Guide (DICUI)

Dumping with 0800 drives

  • Software: Xbox Backup Creator 2.9.0.425
  • Open the app Xbox Backup Creator 2.9.0.425
  • 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.

Submitting Dump Info

  • Game Title: Most obvious, is located everywhere. Please include subtitle if any.
  • Region: The region the disc originated from like USA, Japan or Europe
  • Languages/Language Select: Some games either show a language selection screen at startup or in the game options. Many games will boot with different languages depending on the active language selected in the BIOS. Booting the game with each language selected in the bios is necessary to identify the supported languages for these games. Note that it is possible to submit a game without checking the languages, but this then needs to be stated in your submission.
  • Serial & Version: Open the DMI.bin file with Windows' Notepad app and you'll find a string like MS00402A. This string contains valuable information: in this case, MS004 is the disc serial (MS-004). 02 is the version (1.02). A is the region code (NTSC).
    • Region Codes: W = Region Free, A = NTSC, J = NTSC-J, E = PAL, K = (NTSC, NTSC-J), L = (NTSC, PAL)
  • Edition: some games were rereleased in different packages or bundled with extra hardware, for example, Classics/Platinum Hits. If the game was released in original package, post edition as "Original".
  • Case Barcode: The number on the case displayed beneath the vertical lines, see Barcode.
  • Ring codes: The string of characters displayed on the inner rings of the disc. Check older submissions to make sure that you report everything that is needed. Make sure you have good lighting conditions and/or a magnifying glass if you have problems reading the text. For more information about the (mould) SID codes see this link.
  • DMI/PFI/SS Info: Use a hash program like HashCalc to get the CRC32 hash for the DMI.bin, PFI.bin, and SS.bin files. You should store the CRCs as shown below.
    • DMI: hash
    • PFI: hash
    • SS: hash
  • Security Sector Ranges: The contents of the sectors.txt file.
  • Size: The size of the dumped iso file. Xbox discs are always 7,825,162,240 bytes.
  • CRC32/MD5/SHA1: Use a hash program like HashCalc to get the CRC32, MD5, and SHA1 hashes of the dumped iso file.
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