Hello Afterdawners! I have a few questions I'd like to ask some of you 360 whizz's if you would be so kind as to read my wall of text! I've had successes with other consoles playing backups in the past so i'm not that useless! Anyway, I figured that I have an Hitachi drive inside my 360 after downloading a tutorial created in .pdf format found lurking around here. Too cut to the chase, I was going to attempt to flash my 360 on the Friday just gone, then I read about needing SATA cables etc and my brain has just frazzled. So I've found a 3rd party who would kindly flash my console for me, now here's where I need some help... 1.What process would the 3rd party most likely use? Are there various methods of flashing I should enquire about? 2.When updating the flashing firmware (?) would I have to re flash the console anyway? (Meaning should I just give it a go on my own?) 3. Would I be able to simply copy all my original games onto standard DVD discs? Or would I need specific ones e.g dual layer? 4. This XGD3 format sounds like a pain but am I right in hearing that the situation has changed? 5. Is it easy to create a paperweight out of the 360? Any help would be really appreciated. I'll continue tutorial searching before I make my mind up, even though I've already found a noob friendly one!! Much love people!