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All right.

So my Xbox seems to be on the fritz. It has had a few DDE lately and with Metal Arms not working at all, I guess it?s time to take advantage of the two year warranty I bought from Best Buy. That brings up this question: What about all my game saves? Does anyone have any experience with repair work done through Best Buy or any other big chain?

 

I have one memory unit that I can save a few things on (I don?t want to have to redo all those races in PGR2), but what about the Kapalua course I bought and downloaded for Links? I could always buy an OEM card and save a few more things, but they only hold so much.

 

I?ve contemplated buying a new Xbox to use in the bedroom, but I don?t think I would be able to justify that with my girlfriend. That and I know of no way to transfer data between two Xboxes. And then there?s the ever present rumor of an upcoming price drop around E3.

 

Man this is just F-ing annoying!!!!!!

Maybe I should have bought Metal Arms on the Gamecube and just lived with lesser graphics and sound.

Never.

Any ideas anyone has are more than welcome.

Thanks.

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I have had this happen to me as well. I had my box serviced through MS. The first time I was getting DDEs in a lot of games. I wrote a note saying I was unable to back up the files, etc. with the box and luckily got it back with my saves. Upon its return I was happy about the save and the fact that the DDEs were gone for the most part, but my brand new NBA2k4 would not load up at all. Long story short I got it serviced again and sent it with that same note. But I was not so lucky this time. I got it back with a formatted drive. After many angry phone calls I was finally told that they had replaced my hard drive and even though they claim that they will do everything in there power to maintain all the precious info and the saves (not to mention the soundtracks), this was one of the unfortunate cases that they could not.... I WAS PISSED!!

 

After having this happen I have been asking around and though I am not 100% sure from what I gather it seems as though Action Replay come with a memory card that connects to your pc via usb cord and that will let you back up you HD to a folder on you PC.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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The other thing you could do is go the Action Replay route. That way, you can copy all of your saved games off and archive them on your PC. If your games get wiped or you replace the box, you can then start transferring those archived copies over.

 

EDIT: Grr. As howiedo1n said already. Teach me to not read the whole post :).

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Cold do you know for sure that is possible? Have you done it. I thought you could use the AR to backup files too, (though it was only hear say from people I ve played with on live) but when I asked my local game stop dude he said that it only transfers data to the box. Then has went on about how its not a bi directional data transfer device. I am not sure if he even has a clue but I did not want to give out the wrong info. I am quite interested if this is true or not..

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Originally posted by MrJames@Feb 25 2004, 08:15 PM

Does the Action Replay have the ability to copy the copy protected files as well? I have a Mega X Key that allows me to save most of my game saves but will not save my KOTOR files, soundtrack files or any of the DLC.

Nope, if it's copy protected the AR won't be able to do anything. However, I think the problems with the files that you cited are due to file size rather than copy protected.

 

The Mega X-Key has the same problems with copy protected files, but has more storage space.

 

-Dave

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Originally posted by bickle@Feb 25 2004, 11:22 PM

I think the problems with the files that you cited are due to file size rather than copy protected.

 

The file size isn't an issue but it won't allow me to copy them over to my PC to back up. My Xbox is on its last leg as well and I don't want to have to re-rip all the music I have. Since I don't want to mod my box it doesn't look like I have a choice though.

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All right, here?s what I found out: I took back my second copy of Metal Arms and they didn?t have another copy in store, so they let me exchange for something else. Something else was Action Replay. The other option was GameShark. I now think I should have chosen the GameShark. Action Replay does indeed allow you to backup your own game saves but it is limited to the 8MB or 500 and something blocks of data space on the memory card they provide. Therein lies my grip. Action Replay only works with the memory card packaged with the product. When I was debating between AR and GS it was the bonus 8MB memory card that convinced me to go with AR. The GS only came with the code disk and a USB to memory unit cable. I can only assume that the GS is compatible with all your typical memory cards, including the first part card. That pissed me off. The GS was $20 and the AR was $30. That?s $10 towards a new game! All I really wanted to do was back up my own saves though, so as long as that works I?ll be satisfied.

 

There?s one other thing about AR that makes me a bit skeptical. I?m not a big fan of game cheaters, but under certain circumstances, utilizing a ?Power Save? might breath new life into a game that?s collecting dust. Example: I never had the patience or time (or apparently ability) to play all the way through MK:DA. Therefore I never unlocked all the playable characters. So I figure I?ll try one of their Power Saves. It didn?t work. The game said the data was corrupted and needed to be deleted. Now I?ll admit I didn?t trouble shoot it very long, and I didn?t try any other Power Saves, but it?s still a bit suspect. If I had purchased the product for these power saves I?d feel a bit cheated at this point. But I didn?t, so who cares. Like I said before, as long as it works to backup my game saves, I?ll be happy.

 

Still have the custom soundtracks and Kapalua problem, but I guess it cold be worse.

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Originally posted by matt@Feb 26 2004, 11:48 AM

Action Replay only works with the memory card packaged with the product. When I was debating between AR and GS it was the bonus 8MB memory card that convinced me to go with AR. The GS only came with the code disk and a USB to memory unit cable. I can only assume that the GS is compatible with all your typical memory cards, including the first part card.

What they need to have is a USB cable with an end that fits directly into the memory card slot. Which would then eliminate the card thus enabling larger transfers then just 8M ..

A direct connect of sorts..

That is not what the GS has is it?

 

I wonder if there is a way to use your network neighborhood thing on your pc to have it detect the xbox hard drive (as long as its connected to the Ethernet port) to avoid all this crap in the 1st place?

 

 

What is the first part card you mention?

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What they need to have is a USB cable with an end that fits directly into the memory card slot. Which would then eliminate the card thus enabling larger transfers then just 8M ..

A direct connect of sorts..

That is not what the GS has is it?

 

I don't think so, but I couldn't see in the packaging well enough to tell. It would be great idea though.

 

I wonder if there is a way to use your network neighborhood thing on your pc to have it detect the xbox hard drive (as long as its connected to the Ethernet port) to avoid all this crap in the 1st place?

 

I don't think that would work with an un-moded xbox, but I haven't tried it either.

 

What is the first part card you mention?

 

It was supposed to read "first party" as in the official memory unit offered by microsoft. I just need to read over my posts a bit better before hitting that add reply button. :oops:

 

Thanks for the AR idea howiedo1n, I didn't have clue the product enabled you to do backups, and I never would have thought of it on my own. :tu:

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