How to Flash Xbox 360 With iXtreme LT Using a USB

Updated July 20, 2017

The Xbox 360 console uses an internal DVD drive to read data from game, movie and music discs. The Xbox 360 DVD drive can be modified to run custom firmware files that allow users to run backup copies of game discs. These custom .BIN files are released under the name "iXtreme" and the latest version "iXtreme LT" (lite touch). You can connect the DVD drive to your computer for modification via a SATA-USB cable rather than a SATA cable if necessary.

Remove all cables from the Xbox 360 console and remove the front faceplate. Lift up the outer tabs on the plastic case, then remove it from the system. Unscrew the Torx screws underneath, then slide open the metal cover. Lift the DVD drive up and unplug the SATA cable from the Xbox 360 to the DVD drive. Connect the SATA end of your SATA-USB adaptor to the DVD drive, then connect the USB end to your computer.

Turn on your computer, then download an Xbox 360 modification program that includes the iXtreme LT software. Run the program and select your Xbox 360 DVD drive from the main menu. Click "Flash Firmware" and check the box labelled "Use iXtreme LT" to begin modifying your Xbox 360 DVD drive. Click "OK" to confirm your selection, and the program will edit the DVD drive's .BIN firmware via the SATA-USB adaptor.

Wait for the flash process to complete, then close the program and turn off the computer. Unplug the USB-SATA cable from your computer and the Xbox 360 DVD drive. Connect the SATA cable from the Xbox 360 to the DVD drive, then place the unit back inside the console. Close the metal lid and replace the Torx screws. Return the outer plastic cover to its original position. Place the front faceplate back on the console and reconnect all power cables/accessories before turning the machine on again.


Opening your Xbox 360 system will void your warranty from Microsoft Corp.

Things You'll Need

  • Xbox 360
  • Torx screwdriver, size 10
  • Xbox 360 modification program
  • SATA-USB adaptor
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Sarah Jorgensen has written for publications local to her home state of Connecticut since 2007, including the "Stamford Advocate" and the "New Canaan Advertiser." She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in English with dual minors in communication studies and peace/justice studies at the University of San Diego.