Wednesday, May 14, 2008

How to Download, Decompress and Burn a Xbox 360 Game.

You need a modded xbox to play burned games

Before you begin:

First of all, some explanation on file types, since this gets most people confused.

* RAR Files: Basically enough, it's a compressed file. Just like old school ZIP files tho their compression algorithms are far different, making the final archives a lot smaller than before. The best feature, and the reason why most people use them, is because it supports multiple split volumes which is great, since most people upload their games into many small files making it easier for people which have a slower connection to download each file whenever they can without the hassle of downloading one HUGE (Most Xbox360 games are over 5GB each).

* ISO File: It's a disk image (Complete copy) of the DVD you're looking for. It also contains all the filesystem data, (boot , structures, and attributes). All of this information is contained within a single file, with the extension ".ISO".

* Bin File: Also known as a Security Sector or "SS", needed information for the games to work, which could be extracted from the original game.

* DMI & PFI Files: Same as the Security Sectors information needed for the DVDs to work.

* NFO file: Information file, though normally used in Windows for Registry archives when downloading games, if you see these files they normally contain information about the game. You can open this with special NFO viewers or just do like i do, right-click then OPEN WITH > Notepad.exe and you can see it.

What is a File Hosting Server?:

First of all know that there are 100 different file hosts around the internet, I'd like to think the biggest ones, or the ones that most people use are RapidShare and Megaupload.

For those of you who don't know what a file host is:-

Personal file storage services, or File Hosting, are network storage for personal backup, file access, or file distribution. Users can upload their files and share them publicly or keep them password-protected. Normally you would have to pay to download from these sites, though as long as the uploader keeps the files at a small determined size and the downloader does not download more than a certain amount of data a day you can work with this for free.

Just so you guys know, whenever one of these services tell you your IP has downloaded too much, you can go ahead and turn your modems off and wait 30 secs before turning it back on and you can start downloading again with a brand new IP (as long as your internet doesn't have Static IP).

How to download the files:-

From Megaupload:- Enter the verification code and wait 45secs to download free.

From Rapidshare:- Select free, then enter the verification code and download free.

When your finished downloading most of the times you'll see a lot of links (Depending on the final file size it can be as many as 50+) you have to download the all, if you don't have a paid service (also known as premium accounts) you'll have to download the one by one till you got them all.

These files will be in a format like this:

And so on, and so on...Etc...

After you get all these files you'll have to join/decompress them, for this you'll use a program called WinRAR which thankfully will do the joining and decompressing all by itself.

To do this you'll double-click the Game_Name.rar file and wait for the program to fully open (some bigger files can take a min or two), then click the extract button and extract the files to the location you want.

After you have the files you have to stop and look around, either on the website you downloaded the file from or if you see an .NFO file open it and see if the game is SS, PFI and DMI patched if they have been patched you're in luck, just skip this next part.

If the game is not patched:-
If you read the NFO or it says on the website it need to be patched you have to do the following:

Download this Xbox360 SS Merger v1.7

So you opened the program, first thing you're going to do is to load/open your .ISO file. It will afterwards ask you if you want to check the MD5 (file integrity) you will click yes (NOTE: This takes a while, it will look like the program is frozen, you PC will get slow, DON'T PANIC it's normal) after a few minutes it will finish and give you a MD5 Number.

After this, go to the SS File part and click the button and look for the .BIN (security sector) that either came with your game or you downloaded.

IF THE BOXES DO NOT TURN GREEN DO NOT CONTINUE, i know most of you will ignore me (but please don't) if the boxes turn red it means the SS file you have is no good, try to find another one.

If the boxes are green, like the light says you're good to go. Click the Merge ISO ("Create Layer Break File") Button and wait again (once more don't panic, it looks like the program it's frozen but it's not, be patient.)

If the game is patched (Or if you patched it already):

and Open it up, click the second button which is to open up the ISO Files, click your ISO (the Patched one if you patched it) and it should load. After that Burn the ISO to a DVD+R Dual Layer (DVD+R DL) and you're Done.

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