Burning Xbox 360 games

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Warning: The legality of this process may be questionable. Refer to the copyright laws in your country for clarification. Playing backup games online may result in your Xbox360 console being banned from Xbox Live. Follow this guide at your own risk!
Tip: Backups may only be played on an Xbox360 with a flashed firmware.


Xbox 360 games come in two image formats: .iso and .000. They are burned on dual layer DVD+R discs. This requires a dual-layer DVD burner. No specific brand or burner is needed. In order to maximize the success of your burn, you should burn at the slowest speed your burner and media allow.

Please note that games must be burned onto DVD+R DL (Dual Layered), as DVD-R DL would not work.

Stealth Patching

Stealth patching patches a game image to make it ignore the security check done by the Xbox360 console upon boot. If you use a stealth firmware, you will need to patch your backup. You can do this with a tool called abgx360, which can be found in the AUR.

abgx360 works on .iso and .000 images. In order to patch these images, use the -af3 flag, as such:

   abgx360 -af3 /path/to/game.iso

Using this tool should patch the file with no issues. It will also output metadata about the game.

Burning ISO Files

Burning an iso is best done through the command line with growisofs. This is found in the dvd+rw-tools package, install it with

   pacman -S dvd+rw-tools

There are other applications you can use to burn the image (k3b, gnomebaker, etc) but you may miss some configuration options and end up with a dud burn. Use the following command to burn the image to disc:

   growisofs -use-the-force-luke=dao -use-the-force-luke=break:1913760  -dvd-compat -speed=2 -Z /dev/dvd=/path/to/game.iso
Note: Replace /dev/dvd with the path to your dual layer drive. For most systems it will be /dev/dvd or /media/dvd.

If everything has been set up correctly you should see a messages like this:

   Executing 'builtin_dd if=TalesOfVesperia.iso of=/dev/dvd obs=32k seek=0'
   /dev/dvd: splitting layers at 1913760 blocks
   /dev/dvd: "Current Write Speed" is 2.5x1352KBps.
   3538944/7835492352 ( 0.0%) @0.8x, remaining 45:39 RBU  89.7% UBU   7.1%

The burn should take around 40 minutes at 2.4x write speed, depending on the size of the iso.

Burning .000 Files

To burn a .000 image you must first patch it with a Java application called imagebpatch.jar. You can get it here. You will need to have java installed to use this.

   pacman -S jre

Logout and login again (or source /etc/profile) in order to update your $PATH.

After you've installed Java and downloaded the application, just run it in the console:

   java -jar imgbpatch.jar /path/to/image.000

Now it can be burned like an iso, using the following:

   growisofs -use-the-force-luke=dao -use-the-force-luke=break:1913760  -dvd-compat -speed=2 -Z /dev/dvd=/path/to/image.000
Note: Replace /dev/dvd with the path to your dual layer drive. For most systems it will be /dev/dvd or /media/dvd.