Special NTFS USB files

What is this about ?

Following special folders / files that can be created on a NTFS USB flash drive to trigger commands on console boot.

List of files / folders

Path Type Information
$Diagnosis Folder The command $DumpSystemOS will write SystemOS-full.dmpx here.
$NoSurface Folder Mount drive in HostOS instead of SystemOS.
$DumpSystemOS Folder SystemOS Memory Dump. The console will ding when the dump is finished. (Host will delete $DumpSystemOS and dump SystemOS's memory into the $Diagnosis.)
$DumpHostOS Folder HostOS Memory Dump
$Diagnosis\debug.bin File Godbox certificate used for temporary godbox boosting of a Retail.
$SystemUpdate\consoles.txt File Put an empty file consoles.txt on the flashdrive. Console will write its current systemupdate build version to the file on boot.
$SystemUpdate\hwinit.cfg File Enables an overclocked mode controlled by a byte at 0x8 and can have a value between 0x01 - 0x58. File Magic: 0x1-0x58 - 4E,49,57,48,02.Unknown FF range
$ConsoleRegion0 File Only available on Chinese Xbox One. ~~Put an empty file $ConsoleRegion0 on the flashdrive to Disable region lock.~~ This has now been blocked by an update, see below.
$ConsoleRegion1 File Only available on Chinese Xbox One. ~~Put an empty file $ConsoleRegion1 on the flashdrive to Enable region lock.~~ This has now been blocked by an update, see below.
MSXB_Kiosk File Put a special Kiosk XVD on the flashdrive, after booting the console will be locked in Kiosk mode. To exit, power off console and remove the flash drive.

Note:

  • The SystemOS-full.dmpx file is encrypted and requires a retail key to decrypt.
  • Using $ConsoleRegion0 & $ConsoleRegion1 will affect the ability to read Xbox China game discs, but won't affect already installed digital games.
  • Non-Chinese Xbox One units cannot be region locked and read Xbox China discs / access China region Xbox Live by $ConsoleRegion1.
  • $ConsoleRegion0 and $ConsoleRegion1 has been deprecated since OS 10.0.19041.2493 (rs_xbox_release_2005.200512-1756). Devices' region lock status will be remained as the same before it's update to this version. Those two special files will still work on devices with OS version equal to or under 10.0.19041.1927 (rs_xbox_release_2004.200415-0000).

Credits: TitleOS for discovering $SystemUpdate\hwinit.cfg