How to Change the Key on a Hitachi 360 Drive

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How to Change the Key on a Hitachi 360 Drive
A SATA cable will connect your Hitachi DVD 360 drive to your PC so you can change the key. (SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from Fotolia.com)

Xbox 360 video-game platforms are made by Microsoft and are distributed with several brands of DVD drives. These brands include Hitachi, Samsung, and BenQ. All Xbox 360 DVD drives, including Hitachi ones, can be changed by "flashing" BIN files via a SATA cable running from a PC to your 360. To flash your Hitachi DVD drive, you need a BIN flashing program (see References), a SATA cable, and a Torx size 7 screwdriver to remove the Xbox console's case.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360
  • Computer
  • BIN flashing application (JungleFlasher)
  • SATA cable
  • Torx screwdriver (size 7)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the outer casing on your Xbox 360 by following the guide provided in the References section. This consists of unscrewing the plastic shell from the Xbox 360's metal interior and then removing the Torx screws using a Torx screwdriver. Disconnect the 360 DVD drive from your console and insert the SATA cable from your computer to the Hitachi 360 DVD drive. Doing so allows you to change the key or "flash" BIN files from your PC to the 360.

    How to Change the Key on a Hitachi 360 Drive
    A Torx size 7 screwdrive will remove the screws on your 360's case. (a screwdriver image by alri from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Turn on your PC and open your web browser. Download the JungleFlasher application (see References) and install it (it's a free program). Run JungleFlasher and choose your Xbox 360 DVD drive from its menu (select "Hitachi"). Click "Edit BIN" and select "OK." The JungleFlasher program will copy your Hitachi 360 DVD drive's BIN key so your can alter or change it on your PC.

    How to Change the Key on a Hitachi 360 Drive
    Allow the JungleFlasher BIN copy process to reach 100% completion before continuing. (100% satisfaction guaranteed belt image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    The JungleFlasher application will create an edited BIN key so that you can "flash" or copy it from a PC to your Hitachi 360 DVD drive. Select the BIN file you want to flash to the Hitachi 360 DVD drive and select "OK." JungleFlasher will move your modified BIN file to your Hitachi 360 DVD drive via the SATA cable. Be sure to completely reconnect all internal components and replace all screws before powering your Xbox 360 on.

    How to Change the Key on a Hitachi 360 Drive
    Disconnect your SATA cable before turning the console on again after flashing. (SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Do not run applications or background tasks on your PC when flashing your 360's Hitachi DVD drive. Additional programs will decrease your computer's performance and could potentially result in permanent hardware errors in your 360's DVD drive.

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