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I created this database system because I never found any easy to use and up-to-date chart for harddrive compatibility with the Xbox.

When I first saw the forum thread on xbox-scene.com about harddrive locability, I was horrified. It was almost impossible to get any usable information out of it. You had to skip through tons of pages (31 as of 2. december) and you might end up not find anything about your drive at all.

The initial version was finished after around 10 hour programming (2-3. december 2003). And inputting the entries from the xbox-scene thread took around 16 hours (3-4. december 2003). The last part (7. december) was to correct the date/time info and at the same time correct the Xbox version where possible, I was finished 3-4 hours later thanks to the brilliant php code i created to parse the date string :).

On 8. June 2004, using about 4-5 days, the PS2 section was done. Now you can check if the drive you're about to purchase for your PS2 is supported or just want to see what's supported.
Xbox: xboxdrives.x-pec.com PS2: ps2drives.x-pec.com

If you want any features or even find bugs, don't hesitate to e-mail me . Quick changelog:
  • 2003-12-02 03:30 start of coding
  • 2003-12-03 23:00 initial version done
  • 2003-12-04 01:00 inputting entries from XS thread done
  • 2003-12-06 03:00 added comments system
  • 2003-12-07 02:13 added edit function (e-mail verification system)
  • 2003-12-07 02:13 added anti-spam-spider protection to all email outputs
  • 2003-12-07 06:00 fixed time/date, xbox version on entries from XS thread, deleted previous bogus entries
  • 2003-12-07 06:45 double checked xbox version's agains XS profiles
  • 2003-12-08 03:36 added pictures where possible, i.e logos and pictures of drives and model number
  • 2003-12-08 05:06 added arrow to current sort column
  • 2003-12-09 00:51 added product pictures and generic picture detection code
  • 2003-12-09 03:54 added feedback page
  • 2003-12-09 07:32 added simple statistics on list page
  • 2003-12-09 19:28 added buffersize filter
  • 2003-12-09 22:25 added statistics page, 7 different tables
  • 2003-12-11 02:42 new and clean thread started on XS with references to this site
  • 2003-12-21 14:07 added two extra model number examples
  • 2004-01-17 01:42 added feedback link to successfull added page
  • 2004-01-26 04:24 added donation button mainly to pay the server/connection costs
  • 2004-03-21 21:05 fixed comment date, added entry counter and number of comment to list page, and Microsoft harddrive detection discussion to the help page
  • 2004-05-09 17:14 added xbox version 1.6, manufacture date and bold requirement text
  • 2004-06-02 XX:XX started adding PS2 support to the system
  • 2004-06-08 11:05 after a rather great week of coding and modding of my second Xbox, the PS2 section of the system is done. fixed a lot of bugs and smaller problems system wide, statistics are more accurate, easier read on drive profile, made the help popups easier to understand, and more...
  • 2004-06-08 17:25 added adaptor information to the ps2 database
  • 2004-06-09 17:02 added info about submission of drives already submitted to the front page, clear up some help popups
  • 2004-06-09 17:23 update form help to only active on field name, not field name and the field itself, added default help popup when nothing is activated
  • 2004-06-10 12:39 added small icons for both ps2 and xbox to the upper-right corner
  • 2004-06-10 20:52 added recommended resolution text, made the rpm field optional, re-arranged the program and rpm columns in drive profile
  • 2004-06-11 11:58 added a installation, formatting, and testing guide to the ps2 section
  • 2004-06-25 21:51 added hdd tool and sub 40 gb drives problem to help popup
  • 2004-06-29 14:51 fixed rpm header dropdown menu to not show blank field
  • 2004-07-26 00:38 had an accident with the ps2info database, i happened to press enter at the wrong moment and the entire database was deleted. luckly i could restore it from a backup, but not for me; flush database next time. fixed a edit drive bug.
  • 2004-07-26 22:28 removed the javascript restriction on the working dropdown, it just doesn't work as i intended to. added a small 'in the ps2' next to the working field text for clearity.
  • 2004-07-26 22:36 added 'rpm other' to the rpm section for slower and older drives.
  • 2004-07-28 17:51 fixed statistics comments to be site specific and not database wide
  • 2004-09-27 03:20 added useful google adsense banners to list and drive info pages
  • 2004-10-03 02:32 introduced pages for faster loading, downloading 1 MB (600 entries) everytime isn't really what neither of us want :)
  • 2004-10-03 20:23 added header color to submit drive form, added PS2 v11 to version drop-down and removed some links
  • 2004-10-23 16:52 changed they way the fitting and working drop-down menus on the ps2 site is validdated, now you can select not fitting and working
  • 2004-11-25 19:49 added filter and search tips to the bottom if the list page, change 'filterbar' to 'search bar', added v1.6b xbox version and change the top link 'Show all' to 'Drive List'
  • 2005-03-23 01:18 added sort parameter on page links for proper page views, made the buffersize field shorter (2 chars)
  • 2005-03-23 01:56 fixed custom rpm in rpmother field, added examples next to buffersize field, added link on must read page to hd4less.com index and changed filterbar dropmenu boxes to only show site specific info
  • 2005-04-26 01:33 added a check to the buffersize field, if it contains "MB" it will be automatically removed upon submission.
  • 2005-05-29 21:22 fixed data validators
  • 2005-06-02 19:51 added some more user friendly google ads and made it clear that the feedback page is not a forum
  • 2005-06-18 13:19 changed next and previous arrows to be labeled next and previous
  • 2005-08-17 23:25 added v12 to the ps2 version dropdown
  • 2005-09-14 23:06 added v13 ps2 version
  • 2005-11-14 16:59 rearranged som of the adsense banners, updated ps2 install guide and removed spam comments
  • 2005-11-15 21:06 added two new pages about ps2 installation, one with HD Connect information and the other on how to modify an adapter for WD hard drives, added new links to the ps2 installation and xbox/ps2 help page, made my credits to javascript email links, added report problems at the bottom of the drive submit form, rearranged the top link bar: help and about at the end
  • 2005-11-16 00:46 added simple header title system, new report entry feature to report bogus drives, and cleaned all the paragraphs and replaced them with breaks, fix to not show form when editing was not granted, added 'this' to 'read this first' in the drive submit header
  • 2005-11-16 02:16 added resend timelimit on drive submission, wait 60 seconds before you can submit a new drive, protects against refresh duplicates and spam
  • 2005-11-16 16:05 fixed cross site fault in edit drive code, added 'other' to the alternate brand and rpm fields, 'e-mail' to 'Show publicly' checkbox and '/ Problems' on the submission form
  • 2005-11-16 16:48 made the essential information bold in the listing, 'locking' on the xbox site and 'fitting' and 'working' on the ps2 site, same on drive profile
  • 2005-11-17 23:47 added ps2 v14 to the drive submission form even when there is not adapter for it yet
  • 2005-11-18 00:57 added reason text area on bad entry report page, made edit entry request text clearer, and after editing the drive code field is cleared, changed ps2 fitting and working to italic
  • 2005-11-18 02:31 removed stupid new ad and cleaned up xbox header text
  • 2006-01-06 17:39 changed 'Report bad entry' to 'Report this entry' to make it clearer
  • 2006-01-12 17:21 updated adsense settings abit
  • 2006-04-09 00:51 swapped one of the adsense blocks, updated 'Adaptor' to 'Adaptor model' on drive page, added a 'Navigation' title to the top, updated database config, added ps2 v15 and 16, and added '(on the adaptor)' to the ps2 adaptor fitting input field
  • 2006-05-14 14:04 changed back top adsense border color
  • 2006-05-14 23:14 changed db field emailshow to tinyint and edited drive_info accordingly
  • 2006-05-15 00:56 made header and bottombar css style, added image verification system to both drive submission and comments
  • 2006-05-16 01:21 fixed unneccessary otherparam and filtervars duplicate, flipped all sort and desc variables at the end of the uri
  • 2006-05-17 16:52 fixed edit drive code reset fault, made email syntax check quicker
  • 2006-05-18 00:30 fixed another auth code error, got reset before it was finish checking
  • 2006-05-18 13:52 another simplified fix to the email validation check, merged yesterdays code reset db update
  • 2006-05-18 14:59 fixed functional error when editing profile, after validation submission turned into new entry instead of edit
  • 2006-05-26 22:03 added functionality to sort and descendant or ascendant filter the results over pages, borrowed from intelmac site
  • 2006-05-29 23:50 reversed the htmlentities encode and addslashes functions, added input data checks using ereg to index, list, comments, edit and report drive
  • 2006-05-30 00:04 made the default redirection to /?p=list and show 404 error status if p-parameter page is not found
  • 2006-05-30 00:36 added longtime missing stripslashes (for magic quotes on) and encode htmlchars for field value after data check validations, no more double slashes in db
  • 2006-05-30 04:00 revamped the htmlencoding and quote slashing
  • 2006-06-18 01:13 added utf8 check, removed old validation code
  • 2006-11-21 01:24 changed verification code from 5 to 3 characters
  • 2010-08-01 22:43 optimized 3 tables and tweaked the list sql query; instead of seperate query for number of comments it now does a subquery
  • 2012-06-22 02:52 updated all the code to convert form ereg to preg on php 5.3
  • 2016-05-01 17:13 updated code to fix mysql num rows deprication
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