Hi jo ,
what you'll require :
A Xbox (duh)
A modchip or an application that will flash your Xboxchip directly (a bootable evolution dashboard can do this).
A new dashboard (The operating system of the xbox on its harddisk).
A dvd writer
A tool that will transform your content and dashboard files into Xbox compatible content (Xiso for instance).
Get either the modchip installed with a nice bios or flash your xboxchip with a nice bios.
Make a nice iso of all the dashboard files , patch it if necessary (Xiso for isntance) and burn it with nero on a cdrw or dvdrw.
Boot the xbox with the cdrw/dvd(rw) which contains the cool new dashboard.
Ftp the content from your xbox to your computer
Ftp the new dashboard from your xboxcdrw/dvd(rw) disk (or some folder on your computer) on the xbox harddisk
Reboot the xbox
Unfortunately we can't give you any direct links to get a bios , dashboard and/or xiso , but google is your friend.
I recommend you get a modchip instead of flashing your xboxchip directly. If it fails , you are forced to use a modchip anyway.
I just got myself an XBIT modchip , which its main features are :
- Flashable via USB , not some lame msdos->lpt set up
- 2mb chip which you can configure in several sections.
I am currently using it in 4 x 256k + 2 x 512k mode. Which means i can upload 4 bioses of 256k and 2 of 512k. I can select either bios file by using jumpers on the external print.
When that all is done , you can backup your Xbox games fairly easiliy. I just backupped my soul calibur 2 on a dvdrw and it works beautifully.
Just start your xbox , setup the dashboard in a way that it starts a ftp server , but not automatically runs the game.
Go to your pc and connect to the xbox using a ftp client.
Then transfer all content from the [D] drive (DVDRom xbox) to your computer.
Patch the content if required and make a nice iso (For instance with Xiso)
Burn the iso with nero.