Thanks for FATXplorer BTW, it is very useful.
I spent two weeks sparing with HP over this. They sent me a replacement Windows CD that behaved in exactly the same way, and in the end, they were off their flowchart with no way to escalate the issue. I was able to install the same version of Windows on the computer using a non-OEM Microsoft Windows installation disc. HP Support insisted that it was perfectly okay to replace their OEM drive with something else, and denied any lock-in countermeasures when I challenged them. Either the support staff honestly didn't know about this (probably illegal) policy, or they did know, and were required to deny it.
After this, I actively advised all of my clients to avoid HP hardware. At the time, I advised them to use Dell instead, but Dell has its own problems these days.
For the PS3, PS4 and PS5 i just bought a hard drive (ssd for the ps5) matching their specs, installed it inside and gamed on.
For the xbox you have to buy hard drives from Microsoft?
Edit: please don't tell me about usb drives hanging off your console. I don't like stuff hanging off my console.
The IBM PC was a runaway success because it was user moddable. IBM failed to recognize this with their follow-on PS/2, which was locked down. It flopped. DEC's Rainbow PC flopped because they tied it to proprietary floppy disks.
Chrysler was loved by hotrodders in the 60s and 70s because the company even published extensive manuals on how to hotrod them to various levels, and supplied the parts!
I put my money where my mouth is, the D language is 100% open source.
Years and years later, I worked with someone who used to be at a gaming company and he claimed that apparently it was a quality assurance requirement from Microsoft in order to be published..
Of course cloning another disk is simpler and more practical, but it might be fun to eg. have custom logos on unmodded console.
It’s idiotic MS took this route.
And what’s the downside/risk for MS? Nothing.. if the Xbox doesn’t work anymore, just don’t give any support on that disk
Especially if they start applying more severe consequences to those who already installed unsanctioned HDD's into their own property.
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thankyoucloudflare.no. They don't even bother giving me an option to proceed anymore!!
The statute of limitations is over, it's time to revel in nostalgia :D
Eaton's gonna be spoiling us, dude has always been an overachiever.
By the way, you DID save my original 20gb security partition - I never told you, I don't think, but I had the original MS backup cable and your software right as that was figured out.
Can't wait for the ultimate "KV.bin" write-up...
>>:"Why would MS add over 4 magnitudes of cryptographic checks to a damn virtual serial number....?"