Hitachi GDR-3120L (79) - Step-By-Step Guide


Xecuter Groupie
Feb 24, 2003
California, USA

This guide is the property of Ubergeek on behalf of Team Xecuter. You have permission to duplicate this guide as long as full credits are given - don't be lame and claim it to be your own.


With X360USB PRO you don't need CK3 Pro drivers, you don't have to use any COM ports (if you don't want the "no Com Ports" message showing up when you boot Jungle Flasher then simply save and run this reg file) and you don't have to have any PortIO stuff installed so no F8 or Driver signing disabled or any of that crap any more (simply tick the USB Only button and all the PortIO stuff gets disabled / ignored) - just ignore all that as it's the old way of doing things - X360USB PRO takes care of ALL of it.

The following tutorial will take you through the simple process of communicating with a Hitachi GDR-3120L (79 version) DVD Drive using Jungle Flasher and an X360USB PRO adapter.


  • Xecuter X360USB Pro
  • A DVD Drive Power source (the tutorial uses an Xecuter CK3 Pro - you can use an Xecuter CK3 Lite too of course)
  • Sata Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
  • USB Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
  • Latest version of Jungle Flasher (Must be v0.1.82 and above)
  • Latest version of X360USB PRO firmware (must be at least v18)
  • X360USB PRO Windows Drivers
  • 79_Unlock CD (Click Here To Download)
  • Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32bit or 64bit
  • MAC OSX (Using Parallels, Bootcamp or VMWare)

AUX Power Cable

The X360USB PRO comes with an AUX Power cable. This is NOT to be used unless it is required. Your X360USB PRO will function with no problems on 99% of USB ports as they have a 500ma output. A tiny amount of USB ports only carry 100ma. The AUX Power is supplied as a worst case scenario for those instances (you would plug it into a USB capable power supply unit such as the iPod's power brick). DO NOT use the AUX Power cable if your computer supports 500ma as you may cause damage to your X360USB PRO. The best way to test is it just set everything up to see if drivers install, jungle flasher detects the drive etc.

There are several versions of Hitachi GDR-3120L and this guide covers the 79 model. To find out which version of drive you have simply look at the label and you will see "ROM VER XXXXXX"

Here is an example of the Hitachi GDR-3120L DVD label. As you can see we have highlighted the ROM version - in this case it is what we would call an "Hitachi 79" (The letters after the numbers do not matter). The other versions to look out for are 32, 40, 36, 46, 47, 58, 59 & 78. If you have one of these non-79 versions then goto this tutorial.

Before you connect everything you first need to install the X360USB Pro Drivers. These are signed and work in Windows XP / Vista / 7 both 32bit and 64bit. Download the small driverpack and plug in the X360USB PRO USB Cable. When it asks for the drivers simple point to the files you saved and they will install with ease. You are now ready to hook everything else up.

It's very easy to hook up your Hitachi GDR-3120L to your PC. Simply connect the DVD power supply (in this case the Xecuter CK3 Pro) to the DVD drive (take care to make sure it is fitted the correct way - the wrong way can damage your drive) and to a molex power cable from your PC or from an external Molex power supply. Then connect the SATA cable from the DVD drive to the X360USB Pro, and then connect the USB cable from the X360USB Pro to a USB port on your Netbook/Notebook/Laptop/Desktop computer.

Before we start to work with Jungle Flasher you need to burn the 79_Unlock CD which you can download from here. Use something like IMGBURN to burn the disc using a normal CD-R. Simply select write image file and load the .cue and burn. Thanks to C4 and Podger for this simple solution which stops you from having to buy expensive "passkey" type devices that require soldering and all sorts of unnecessary messing around.

OK we are ready to begin:

1. Load up Jungle Flasher and...

(1) Select the MTKFlash 32 Tab
(2) Make sure the I/O Port is set to 0x000
(3) The X360USB pro should be detected as Primary Master and the Firmware version will be displayed (in this case it is Ver 0.17)
(4) The Hitachi GDR-3120L should be detected and ready to work with :)

2. Now we are going to get the drive into ModeB so Windows can detect the drive and assign a drive letter. With older Hitachi drives you can usually do this by pressing the ModeB button on a CK3 power kit (Red LED), however we are going to show you how to do this easily with just Jungle Flasher's software method.

(1) Select the Hitachi GDR3120 Tab in Jungle Flasher
(2) The correct drive version should be detected (in this case a 79)
(3) Click the Send Mode-B button

3. The next part is self explanatory. You will see a pop-up window with the following information. Simply hit eject on the CK3 and switch the CK3 Power switch to OFF with the tray fully ejected. You should now insert the 79 Unlock CD that you prepared earlier. Now click OK.

4. After a couple of seconds turn the CK3 Pro power switch ON and the tray should then close and will kick automatically into ModeB.

5. Now for the clever part. Wait a few seconds and the Hitachi drive will be automatically assigned a drive letter in WIN API Mode ( in this example - K ) :)

6. Now we will unlock the 79 drive using the 79 Unlock CD. Simply click on the 79 Unlock button and Jungle Flasher should play the disc and unlock with the necessary commands. Not much gets said about this, but it really is an awesome hack :)

7. Everything from this point is a piece of cake. First we are going to a full dump of the drives firmware. We will assume at this stage that the drive is stock and has never been touched before. If you ever have a drive that has been flashed before with a different firmware you will always need to first return it to stock.

(1) Select Dump Drive
(2) Click the Read To Source button
(3) The entire firmware dumped in 1117ms (that's 1.117 Seconds ;) )

8. Now you will be asked to save the firmware file. I just created a directory called FW on the C: drive and saved it there.

9. Once the firmware is saved it will be loaded into Jungle Flasher's source buffer. You will automatically switch to the Firmware Tool tab.

(1) This is a full description of your firmware and will tell you if its stock or not.
(2) This is your full DVD key.

10. Now you are ready to program your drive. The following part of the guide is solely to show 3rd party tools working with the X360USB PRO. You must own any game that you backup and we do not condone any kind of piracy and this is purely for educational purposes only. We do not provide any of the LT Plus firmware files and they are not provided or included with Jungle Flasher so do not ask for them.

(1) Select the Hitachi GDR3120 tab
(2) Select Flash LT-Plus
(3) Click the button Flash LT-Plus

11. Jungle Flasher first tests Flash Stability by writing to sector 9003F000

12. If flashing is stable and ready to rock you will see this pop-up. Simply click YES.

13. Success ! The Flashing process usually takes less than 3 seconds :)



VIP Member
Dec 25, 2010
alright, i have a question, i have done multiple hitachi drives, but never a 79 version. with the unlock cd, do i need a CD-R or can i use DVD-R?


Senior Member
May 3, 2011
Quick question ive done all hitachi's but this one i made the 79 unlock cd but everytime i click on 79 unlock it says playing audio 79 cd failed
anyone know why?


Junior Member
Jun 17, 2011
Drive, answers normal Windows Inquiry 12 0 0 0 24 0
0000: 05 80 00 32 5B 00 00 00 - 48 4C 2D 44 54 2D 53 54 ...2[...HL-DT-ST
0010: 44 56 44 2D 52 4F 4D 20 - 47 44 52 33 31 32 30 4C DVD-ROM GDR3120L
0020: 30 30 37 39 0079
Mode-B Done!
Found drive C: - Hard Drive.
Found drive D: - CD/DVD.
Found drive E: - CD/DVD.
Found drive F: - CD/DVD.
No Hitachi drives were found!

what gives? refresh several times but it comes back quick no hitachis


Junior Member
Jun 17, 2011
"Hitachi drive will be automatically assigned a drive letter"
this the part that keeps giving me trouble. i can never get the hitachi drive recognized after sending mode b. then the inevitable
"Playing 79Unlock Audio CD
Failed to Play 79Unlock Audio CD"
suggestions? only having problems with this hitachi. all the other drive brands ive tried went smoothly after a couple of trial runs.


VIP Member
Nov 24, 2010
I dont know how you got time to make all this elaborate guides Uber.If with were me my wife will have me hang by the %%% for all the time spent giving support on xecuter.
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VIP Member
Sep 30, 2010
Mine is XTRM:MAX:79:V1.7 not showing STOCK!! My friend give me his xbox to help him reflash agian as he update from live and can't use anymore backups of his original games.He have dashboard 13146 if im not wrong and i would like to make it to latest dash ! He's still not banned but ithink he's flaged as update his console while wasn't stock


Junior Member
Nov 24, 2010
If I were to just use the Mode B option on the Ck3, would I need to follow the other instructions about using the CD unlock with the drive? If I can use the Ck3, can I just skip to dumping the drive?

It just seems a little pointless to me to burn a CD if there is a button on the Ck3 that does the same thing.


VIP Member
Sep 30, 2010
Hi i don't do a lot of hitachi i was flashing a 79 with dashboard 13599 and JF1.90 and when i insert an ap25 game work but when i insert an xdg3 game will pop a blank screen with 1 red light ! any suggestion where i mistake?


Junior Member
Sep 10, 2011
Thanks man took me a while a little tip to anyone out there that is a newbie like myself read this tutorial over and over until youre fully aware of what youre doing thats the main key to sucess and also the 79 unlock key goes in the xbox drive it wasnt all that clear i was trying it from my desktop :-/ (said i was a newb) but thanks man muchly appriciated :D


Noob Account
Dec 3, 2011
Hi Guys I have a problem with one Hitachi 79 drive and I´m hoping some of you guys could help me. Yesterday I was updating one Hitachi 79 drive for the LT+ 2.0 and this was my procedure:

1. Update xbox dash (13.599)
2. After open the xbox and I was ready to flash the drive. I followed this tutorial and I´m using to flash:

  • Xecuter X360USB Pro
  • CK3i with molex
  • Sata Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
  • USB Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
  • JungleFlasher.0.1.90.Beta(292) for fw LT+ 2.0
  • Latest version of X360USB PRO firmware (must be at least v18)
  • X360USB PRO Windows Drivers
  • 79_Unlock CD (Click Here To Download)
  • Windows 7 - 32bit
I followed every step of this tutorial and every thing goes fine, I was able to update for LT+2.0.

My problem is that the drive doesn't read all backups I have.
Hitachi read games like Assassin´s Creed II, BatleField II, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell

But dont recognize games like Black Ops, Top Spin 4, Pes 2012, Sonic, and of course, dont read games like COD3, BatleField3, batman... =(

Can Someone please tell me what I did wrong??? :(


VIP Member
Jun 18, 2011
heres my problem not alot of 79s done and jf 1.90 isnt auto loading the 2.0b for some reason how do i manualy load it