[TUTORIAL] Copy & Play XBOX 360 ISO Files From An External Drive Using Freestyle 3

As a newcomer to XBOX Jailbreaking and JTAG, it was very difficult for me to find any clear tutorials on how to get my downloaded XBOX 360 ISO files onto my external hard drive. I am lucky to live in a country where dubious services are easy to come by and I had someone do all of the aforementioned tasks for me. So to return the favor here is my simplified tutorial on getting your precious ISO files onto your external HD for you to enjoy some good ol’ fashioned pirate-friendly gaming!

Please note this tutorial is NOOB friendly so the more experienced can skim through and get things done faster.

!!! UPDATED for use with Freestyle 3 !!!

Requirements

  • – A Jailbroken and JTAG-ed XBOX 360 (I have the 4GB Slim version)
  • – An external hard drive formatted as FAT32 and not NTFS – Your XBOX 360 can only read drives formatted in this archaic mode. (I have a 500GB Seagate drive with a 100GB FAT32 partition for my XBOX needs)
  • – FAT32 Format – this is for formatting your large external drive as FAT 32
  • – 7Zip or WinRAR – to extract the Freestyle Dash files
  • ISO of your XBOX 360 game of choice (TPB)
  • – XBOX Backup Creator – This will let you unpack those yummy ISO files into the file structures that your XBOX 360 can read and play. 
  • – Freestyle Dash 3 – this was the custom dashboard used by the guys who set my XBOX 360 and external HD up. (link updated to Freestyle3.0.483.7z Dec. 21, 2012)

One of the drawbacks with the FAT32 file system is that it technically cannot be used for drives larger than 32GB or recognize files larger than 4GB. This is where FAT32 Format comes in and it’s as simple as it gets.

  • – Open up the FAT32 Format application.
  • – Choose your drive from the top drop-down menu, make sure Quick Format is checked, then click Start at the bottom. You should have a FAT32 formatted drive within a few seconds.

  •  [Updated] Go to the root of your external drive and create a folder named FSD3 (you can name it whatever you want but we’ll use FSD3 for the purposes of this tutorial). Now open up the TeamFSD.Freestyle3.0.483.7z file you downloaded and you should see another zip file inside that one called FreestyleRev483.7z. Open that and extract all files to the FSD3 folder you recently created.
  • – Now open up Notepad and copy and paste the following code into a blank document then Save As LAUNCH.INI (make sure its file name extension is .INI and not .TXT). Save this file in the root of your external hard drive (NOT the FSD3 folder) and your FSD is all set. The purpose of this launch.ini file is to tell your JTAG XBOX to load FSD on boot up.

[QuickLaunchButtons]
BUT_X = Hdd:\Content000000000000000\C0DE99990080000\C0DE99990F586558
Default = Usb:\FSD3\default.xex
[Settings]
pingpatch = true
contpatch = false
fatalreboot = true
regionspoof = true
dvdexitdash = false
xblaexitdash = false
fatalfreeze = false
nxemini = true
noupdater = true
exchandler = false
debugout = false
liveblock = true
livestrong = false
remotenxe = false
signnotice = true

Step Three – Unpacking your XBOX 360 iso

  • – Open up XBOX Backup Creator and click on the Image Tools tab.
  • – Click on Image Browser. This will open up the XBOX Image Browser sub-app.
  • – Click on File then Open Image File.
  • – From here navigate to the iso game file you downloaded and click Open.
  • – Next, right click on the iso file that appears on the left pane of the app and click on Extract.
  • – Now choose the location you want to save your game in. This can be anywhere you fancy but I highly recommend putting it in an appropriately named folder INSIDE the GAMES folder which now sits in your external HD (eg h:\games\halo reach\) This will start the lengthy extraction process so take a break and come back after a few minutes.

Another option for file extraction would be to use ISO2GOD. I wrote a tutorial for that here (coz I’m a swell kinda guy)

    Step Four – Loading up your game using Freestyle Dash on your XBOX 360 

    Unfortunately, I cannot take screenshots of my XBOX 360 display so please bear with the all-text tutorial from hereon-in.

    • – Plug in your external hard drive to a USB port on your JTAG XBOX360. Your console will now boot up straight into Freestyle Dash. Before you can play your games you need to tell FSD where they should be loaded from.
    • – From the main screen, choose Settings and then Content Settings and then Game Path
    • – Select Choose Path and then locate your games folder on your hard drive. Choose USB0, press A, choose GAMES, press A, and then press Y to select this folder.
    • – Next, press X to save your game path and it should appear on the right pane of the screen.
    • – Get back to the main menu and choose XBOX 360 Games and you will be taken to the game selection screen where your precious extracted ISOs can finally be enjoyed.

    Note: There is a minor glitch where not all the games you have in your Games folder will turn up in the game selection screen. Oddly enough some games find their way in the other menus such as HOMEBREW GAMES/APPS. So simply choose that option from the main menu and you should see your ‘missing’ games there. If you are finicky like me, you will want to highlight the misplaced games there and press Y for options. Choose MOVE from the menu that pops up and select XBOX 360 Games as the new location and all your lovely games should now be in the main XBOX 360 Games selection screen.
    Voila! I hope that help all the newbies like me. Please leave a comment if you run into any trouble. Enjoy!
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    I Game To Complain: Gran Turismo 5


    Why I Sold My Copy Of Gran Turismo 5

    I prefer sim racers over arcade ones like the Burnout series but Gran Turismo 5, the self-proclaimed king of driving sims, despite it’s realistic trappings and awesome visuals, left me wanting a lot more. In this case my money back.
    Menu/User Interface

    Did Polyphony Digital design the interface to be future-proof hoping that all households will eventually be using touch-screen TVs? You’d think they were releasing GT5 on PC with what looks like a mouse-driven GUI but without the analog control. Basically it’s a very cluttered confusing mess with mysterious icons and whatnot that forces the player into way too many button presses just to get the simplest tasks done (exiting any given menu usually takes about 2-3 button presses).

    Damage

    What’s this rally car doing on a street circuit anyway?

    Real racing is full of incidents, accidents, and mishaps. These mishaps affect a vehicle’s aesthetics and overall performance. Therefore a Real Driving Simulator should have Real Damage Modeling, right? Apparently not, according to Polyphony Digital who believe a head on impact with a steel barrier at 200mph results only in a dull ‘thud’ sound effect and your car’s bonnet only getting slightly crumpled. Your steering might go somewhat awry but rest assured you can still finish the race even after several brushes with death. How can GT5 pride itself as being a complete simulation when one of the most integral parts of racing is missing?

    Classic Cars Get Discriminated Against

    If you prick us do we not get a flat tire?

    GT5 boasts an unprecedented number of cars available in-game. What most will realize though is that only about 20% of the 1000-plus vehicles are modeled in great detail. The rest of the “non-premium” cars have a PS2 look to them, are missing their corresponding dashboard/cockpit views and feature no damage modeling at all on any of them save for some scratches here and there. My favorite, the Honda Civic SiR-II, is included in this list.

    Jagged, Flickering Shadows

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    GT5 has superb graphics all in all that’s why the little negative nuances really shine as well. The rippling shadow issue has plagued GT since the first game on the original Playstation. You’d think with all the power the PS3 has could’ve resolved this issue but sadly no. The replays are marred by this technical hiccup and it gets really distracting especially as the rest of the visuals are stunning.

    Long Install & Load Times
    GT5 took about 45 minutes to install on my PS3. FORTY-FIVE WHAT THE HELL FOR MINUTES! On top of that, once it’s done installing and you’ve also finished doing your laundry AND making dinner for you and your neighbors, the game tells you that it requires an update via PSN. This update is 600-plus MB which, depending on your internet connection, is another 40 minutes or so. GT5 installs about 7GB of data on your PS3 hard drive yet it still takes the game ages to load just about anything. From menus, to car previews, to race start, GT5 likes to makes you wait. The game also insists on checking and synchronizing online every time you change something which makes the wait time more unbearable. Polyphony Digital is probably Japanese for “You take it & like it, idiot monkey“.

    The Need For More Speed
    Why can’t driving at 200mph feel as dangerous as it should? I often find myself under-braking when turning into corners in the game because I get the sensation I’m already at a slow enough speed to take them but then I realize the speedometer says I’m still going at well above 20mph faster than I ought to be. Even on straights the sensation of speed is sorely lacking unlike in games like NFS Shift which I thought had this part of the driving experience well in hand. In NFS Shift it felt exciting and dangerous to be going wheel to wheel at top speed and that’s probably due to the (excessive) blur effect. But then if that’s what it takes to make for a great experience then blur me silly, I say.

    Street Fighter WTF?!

    I’m talking about Street Fighter II and the Championship Edition so don’t get your panties in a knot. OK, so why do they call it Street Fighter anyway? Is it just a bunch of vagrants duking it out in the streets? Wasn’t there a TV show called Bum-Fights a few years ago that followed the same formula? Anyhow, sure, each fighter in the game has their own agendas but if say, Guile really had to kill Bison for murdering his friend Charlie (who I’m sure he had a sexual relationship with), why does he have to fight Dhalsim too, for example? What’s he got against the poor little Indian who just wants to Yoga Fire this and Yoga Flame that. Leave the poor man alone, he looks like he hasn’t eaten in weeks!

    Speaking of Yoga Fires, talk about unfair odds. Ryu, Ken, Guile, Dhalsim, and Sagat all have projectile attacks. If I were in a fight for my life and I had an ability to shoot fiery, burning orbs of energy from my body, I’d be going “TigerTigerTigerTigerTigerTigerTiger!” all day.

    And what about the ludicrous bonus stages?

    Alright, mighty Street Fighter. If you manage to destroy this car, that for some reason is parked on this dock, with your bare hands within the given time limit, you win POINTS!!!
    These wooden barrels, which for some unknown explanation travel via conveyor belt onto a mini trampoline, need to be neatly stacked in this warehouse. But since our laborers are on strike, you, stupendous Street Fighter are tasked with trashing the barrels instead before time runs out. Do this within the time limit and you win POINTS!!!
    These large metal barrels full of oil have been set on fire and arranged in a most precarious manner. If you, brave Street Fighter, kick the shit out of them and avoid getting 3rd degree burns before the timer runs out, you win POINTS!!!

    Street Fighter?! Jeez! Seems more like Street Cleaner to me!

    Disclaimer: I am actually a big Street Fighter fan

    Street Fighter Comebacks or How To Talk Trash To Street Fighters

    Do those stupid Street Fighters ALWAYS kick the crap out of you? Are you tired of their ANNOYING one-liners after a bout? Can you never EVER win a fight? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions then you need my new book called “STREET FIGHTER COMEBACKS: How To Talk Trash To Street Fighters!

    Those pesky Street Fighters have always had the last laugh but not anymore. In this guide you will learn how to take a beat-down with dignity. No longer will you need to walk away, stripped of your quarters, in shame.

    Here are but some of the gems you will find in this enlightening manual:

    Buy now for just $29.99!!!

    Ryu: You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!
    –That April Fool’s joke is only about 20 years old now, cmon!


    Chun Li: I’m the strongest woman in the world!
    –You’re also the ONLY woman in THIS world.


    Guile: Are you man enough to fight with me?
    –Uh, I just finished fighting you, hello!


    Sagat: You are not a warrior; you’re a beginner!
    –You are not from Thailand; you are too tall!


    Blanka: Seeing you in action is a joke.
    –Seeing you in person is a vomit-inducing experience.


    Dhalsim: I will meditate then destroy you.
    –I will donate to the World Food Program then feed you.


    E Honda: Can’t you do better than that?
    -Uh…can’t you do better than THAT?


    Zangief: My strength is much greater than yours.
    -You’re strength must be your chest hair then.


    Balrog: My fists have your blood on them.
    -My blood is infected with Hepatitis B.


    Vega: Handsome fighters never lose battles.
    -Especially handsome fighters who bring 8-inch blades to a fistfight. Asshole!

     Buy Now!

    Microsoft Kinect Will Fail

    Kinect cannot connect with real gamers. Say that 10 times quickly

    Everyone knows this. Sony and Nintendo are already snickering at Microsoft’s latest foible. There are numerous videos online already showing how ridiculous people look as they flail around trying to dodge virtual balls (hmmm that sounded nasty). No matter how much Microsoft promote that their product is the next step in video game interactivity, there really still needs to be a medium in between the player and the game. Simply put, when you were younger, who looked cooler, the kid running around with an imaginary toy gun? Or the kid who had the snazzy, plastic laser rifle? ‘Nuff said.

    The Gospel According To Ken Masters

    I’m Ken Masters! Whoo!
    I’d like to first take this opportunity to thank VideoGaymes for letting me write this special feature editorial. Also, I’d like to thank the millions of awesome Street Fighter fans who’ve supported me all these years. It’s been an awesome ride guys. You all rock.
    So I’m a “bad news first” kind of guy so let me clear the air and officially announce that Eliza and I have filed for a divorce. It’s been a great 19 years but we both decided that our lives are heading in separate and very different directions. Eliza wants to have kids now because she says we’re not getting any younger. On the contrary, I feel like a million bucks, man. My Shoryuken has never been as devastating even compared to the first time I developed the flaming version in the original Super Street Fighter. Eliza tells me, “I need to start being responsible and grown-up and raising children is what I need to be happy in life”. So I told her to take a look at Guile and his daughter. You think they look happy? They hardly talk to each other. She does cocaine, sleeps around, and who knows what else. Meanwhile Guile doesn’t seem to care about all that. Every time I run into him all he talks about is Charlie this, Charlie that. I swear, I think Guile went into the Air Force to escape his homosexual tendencies but met Charlie there instead.  Yeesh.

    Christian Howard as Ken in Street Fighter Legacy
    Well so much for the bad news haha. Now I’m sure most of you guys have seen the awesome Street Fighter short, Street Fighter Legacy, on YouTube. Where’d they get that guy to play me? He could be my freakin’ twin! I should track him down so I can get him to double for me for some of my celebrity appearances. Anyway, the film was pretty well done considering the budget they had but it was way too short at only a little over 3 minutes long. Speaking of movie budgets, I’m working with some Hollywood writers and producers in hopes of getting another Street Fighter movie done, this time with yours truly as the titular hero. I’m extremely excited as the filmmakers want to work closely with me unlike how they did with Chun-Li’s movie.  It’ll still be an origin-type of story so you all will learn about some of my early years and how I got involved with Master Gouki and Ryu. No actors have been decided on but I’m leaning towards getting Chris Evans to play me since he has the build, he’s athletic, he’s a handsome guy, and he has thick eyebrows hehe. As for a director, Uwe Boll has approached us numerous times but I would actually pay the man the director’s fee to just stay the hell away from us.
    So, I’ve gotten a lot of messages on my Official Facebook Fan Page and besides the ones related to the new movie project, here are the top questions asked.  So here I am to set the record straight.
    What do you think of Mortal Kombat?
    I am a fan. There, I said it. I’ll probably get in a whole lot of legal trouble for that but hey, Mortal Kombat is good, gory fun. I’ve actually met and spoken to Sub-Zero, who ain’t the warmest of fellas (ha-ha), on a few separate occasions. That guy Scorpion too, gives me the creeps. What’s with the eyes man? Also, I’ve been told that he is actually Japanese so his English isn’t very good but I think his vocabulary is severely limited. His only reply to anything I said to him was “Get over here!” What a weirdo.
    What do you think of the original Street Fighter live-action movie?
    It’s crap. It’s terrible. The film makers never asked me for input so I was portrayed as a flippin’ self-absorbed con-artist who had a feud with Sagat. I know, right? I’m fixing this absurdity with the new film we’re working on.
    Does it hurt when you do a flaming Shoryuken?
    Not the traditional burning sensation but rather a slightly draining feeling as I have to concentrate and draw from my Ki when I do one. What you should be asking my opponents is, “How much does it hurt when you get hit by a flaming Shoryuken in the gut?” Ha-ha.
    Alright, that’s it from me. Thanks again to everyone for the support and be sure to keep an eye out for the new Street Fighter film which should be coming in 2012.  Peace, out.

    Video Game Console Names Suck

    Let’s face it. No company has ever come up with a name for their video game console that made you go “Yea that name is so cool, I’d buy that thing just coz the name is so cool!” Right? So let’s have a look at the top offenders (so far).

    A real boy playing a Virtual Boy

    Nintendo Virtual Boy
    So the name was given to keep with the ongoing trend Nintendo had then of having the word “boy” in their products (eg. GameBoy). The moniker Virtual Boy though gives me the pedophiliac heebie-jeebies. “Can’t get that strapping, young paperboy lad to come down to your basement for some refreshments? Then get yourself a VIRTUAL BOY! All the fun, none of the embarrassing lawsuits!

    Sega Dreamcast
    I owned and loved this machine but what in the blue blazes were Sega thinking?! The name Dreamcast reminds me of unicorns and rainbows and fairies and other less-than-manly crap. They should’ve just called it the Sega PukeInMyMouth, really.

    Microsoft X-Box & X-Box 360
    It has been proven that adding an “X” to your product name gives it an appeal to the uneducated masses and makes them think “Whoa X! This thing must be EXTREEEEEME!!!” Microsoft called their first ever video game console the X-Box at first because they hadn’t come up with a proper name for it then. You know, all ooh mystery-box-like? I guess the marketing guys fell asleep or something coz the name stuck and they probably rationalized and said something like “Well our product is so EXTREEEME that no other name would do it justice so X-Box it is! Now let’s down some bottles of Mountain Dew!!! High-fives all around, yeah!

    A few years later they developed a newer X-Box model and christened it the X-Box 360. This was due to the fact they thought it was “revolutionary” (360 degrees, geddit?) but Nintendo had the rights to the name Nintendo Revolution (which later became the Nintendo Wii). But to me 360 just connotes that the product just made a whole roundabout turn in development and ended up in the exact same place. Hurray for progress!

    Nintendo Wii
    Them wacky Japanese have done it again. Slightly cool ‘coz the name doesn’t really mean anything but also annoying for the exact same reason! At least the name Wii sounds like “WHEEE!” like you’re having fun. Maybe they should’ve called it “Nintendo Wii Argh! Fuck! My Brand New Plasma TV!!!” instead as there are many YouTube videos to attest to the hilarity that ensues after not attaching the Wii controller to your wrist as recommended.

    Sony Playstation 1, 2, & 3
    Sony’s first foray into the video game console world was a hit to say the least. It gave Nintendo & Sega a run for its money and the Playstation 2 eventually was the cause for Sega to throw in the towel with regards to its hardware production. Admittedly the Playstation name isn’t all that bad but it does make me think of kiddie rides and kiddie games in a kiddie theme park. And we all know that video games are unlikeTrix, they aren’t for kids. The decision simply add a number to the later models is also boring. Haven’t they learned from Hollywood and its sequels? Sequels with just numerical names have all fallen flat on their faces. Rambo? Karate Kid? Psycho?

    LEAST OFFENSIVE NAME: Sega Saturn
    After the Sega CD, the Saturn was the next sign of the apocalypse for Sega. Undoubtedly a capable machine just like the Dreamcast that followed, it too really just did not have the support of 3rd party developers. But unlike the Gaycast, Sega Saturn was a pretty decent name for a gaming machine. It was slightly ambiguous and let’s face it, Saturn with its rings is one bad-ass planet.