It was only a few weeks ago that we brought you news of hackers (in the "searching for knowledge" sense) finding their way into the Xbox 360's Samsung optical drive. Now it seems that that very same hacker is poised to release a similar firmware hack for the Hitachi optical drive for the Xbox 360.

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Due within 48 hours, this firmware hack would allow people to reflash their drive, allowing it to play 1:1 backups but not unsigned code like a modchip would. We'll keep you posted on the 100% legal developments.

Update on Hitachi Xtreme firmware [XboxHacker via Xbox-Scene]