Hitachi GDR-3120L (All Non 79 Versions) - Step-By-Step Guide

Ubergeek

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UPDATED: 13TH FEB 2011

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.


TIP



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 (Non-79 version) DVD Drive using Jungle Flasher and an X360USB PRO adapter.

Requirements:

  • Xecuter X360USB Pro (v2 has the DVD Drive Power Source CK3i built in so its not needed as a separate component)
  • A DVD Drive Power source (the tutorial uses an Xecuter CK3 Pro - you can use an Xecuter CK3i or Xecuter CK3 Lite too of course - X360USB PRO V2 has a CK3i built into it)
  • 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
  • Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32bit or 64bit
  • MAC OSX (Using Parallels, Bootcamp or VMWare)
Warning

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 all versions except 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 46" (The letters after the numbers do not matter). The other versions to look out for are 32, 40, 36, 46, 47, 58, 59 & 78. All these versions follow the exact same process so you only need to use this one tutorial. If you have the 79 ROM Version, click here for that 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.



OK we are ready to begin:

1. Load up Jungle Flasher and...

(1) Select the MTK Flash 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 :)

Note: Make sure USB Only is NOT Ticked



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 using the Jungle Flasher software method.

(1) Select the Hitachi GDR3120 Tab in Jungle Flasher
(2) The correct drive version should be detected (in this case a 46)
(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 (dont click the "Open" button in JF - that is for PortIO - we are using WinAPI) and switch the CK3 Power switch to OFF with the tray fully ejected, then 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. 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 1068ms (that's 1.068 Seconds ;) )



7. 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.



8. 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.



9. 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



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



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



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

 

goku12662

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Mar 28, 2011
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Hello you can give a tutorial to your me since modify my xbox 360paso to step and that tools you recommend to me that podria to buy in xecuter problems to make and not to have it am new in this
 

streerbrian

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Apr 9, 2011
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I have not tried to flash my drive yet. It's a hitachi 3210L- 59. I'm not planning on using a ck3 pro, just the usbpro.. I just wanted to know if powering with the drive with the Xbox instead was ok? Also how do i get the drive into mode-b with being able to eject with the ck3 pro switch as mentioned in the guide steps 3-5 i believe. Is it ok to just power off the xbox instead of using the ck3 pro? any help would be great!!! THANX!
 

xbox360mod

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Dec 25, 2010
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i would suggest you buy a ck3 pro/lite. powering the drive with the xbox is unreliable and could flag you for a ban. if you were to use the xbox, you use the eject button to eject it. no one on this site except for noobs would suggest powering it with the xbox.
 

frayed

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Dec 22, 2010
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Stuck in your tub
I have not tried to flash my drive yet. It's a hitachi 3210L- 59. I'm not planning on using a ck3 pro, just the usbpro.. I just wanted to know if powering with the drive with the Xbox instead was ok? Also how do i get the drive into mode-b with being able to eject with the ck3 pro switch as mentioned in the guide steps 3-5 i believe. Is it ok to just power off the xbox instead of using the ck3 pro? any help would be great!!! THANX!
using your xbox as a power source is not recommended and not supported here

please use the proper tools for the job, otherwise go to youtube for advice
 

shortgun52

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Jan 10, 2011
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finally,i got my xbox flashed LT+,everything went fine,key verified...but when i put Origional Game disk,it won't play anything but show up big Xbox 360 screen only.even back up disc the same
please help,thanks alot
 

brett1

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Apr 23, 2011
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i've been trying to flash one of these 047 ver but it won't have it at all 1st can't get the drive up then chesksum comes up so no luck there so give up sell as stock
brett1
 

mebcitadel

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Oct 6, 2011
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i would suggest you buy a ck3 pro/lite. powering the drive with the xbox is unreliable and could flag you for a ban. if you were to use the xbox, you use the eject button to eject it. no one on this site except for noobs would suggest powering it with the xbox.
I want to use my power supply. Yes I am a noob, the X360 USB Pro is expensive enough for me, a college student, as is. My console is already banned, I follow instructions to a T so am not worried about human error, and the Xbox is ancient so if it dies it was about time for a new one anyway (Christmas is around the corner lol).

I would very much like to know how, exactly, to use the power supply the Xbox has while flashing instead of using the Ck3 Lite tool.
 

michgamer

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Oct 13, 2011
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Any word on the new update for the hitachi rv 78 for them working with xdg3 games? :confused: it shows the game but goes black then resets back to the dash board.help needed
 
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thecube

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Apr 25, 2009
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lancs
hi im using via6421 with a ck3 pro works great with liteons got my first hitachi 47 but i cant get jf to c the drive so i cant flash it managed to get the key in port io
but thats it when it should auto after mode b it dosent
happen no hitachi found all the time folled it to the letter
no joy please help
 

Martin C

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Jan 10, 2004
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I have a 47 and its connected with usb360pro and ck3 but when i tick of usb only the details of the drive will go any suggestions?
I suggest we revisit how VIP status is given around here.

No real information, no JF log, no new thread for help.
:facepalm:
 

scudno1

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Dec 6, 2011
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hi i have xbox 360 elite with hatachi drive i was wondering do i need the dvd key file to return to stock firmware before flashing it with lt 2.0, i have ixtreme 1.5 or 1.6 on the xbox just now,kind regards.
 

cthornton27

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Jan 3, 2013
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I have a 59 and seems to have flashed correctly with the steps but I cant get XBC to recognize it so I can rip my backup to my hard drive. Any suggestions?