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How do I upgrade XBOX 360 Hard drive?

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I'm about to purchase the new redesigned XBOX 360 4gb version. I would like to install my own drive so I don't have to pay the inflated amount microsoft wants. So my question is can someone give me a step by step? Can I use any drive? What's the max size? etc. etc...
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Life doesn't work that way


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Originally Posted by gonzo90017 View Post

I'm about to purchase the new redesigned XBOX 360 4gb version. I would like to install my own drive so I don't have to pay the inflated amount microsoft wants. So my question is can someone give me a step by step? Can I use any drive? What's the max size? etc. etc...

You only have that flexibility with a PS3 and PC.
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Originally Posted by gonzo90017 View Post

I'm about to purchase the new redesigned XBOX 360 4gb version. I would like to install my own drive so I don't have to pay the inflated amount microsoft wants. So my question is can someone give me a step by step? Can I use any drive? What's the max size? etc. etc...

you have to get a western digital scorpio drive. only that brand can work for 360 drives. lots of easy guides out there. just google.

really, the cheapest way to go about it is get a Xbox 360 HDD Chinese knockoff from Amazon or Ebay. of course, it won't be authentic but you'll most likely be able to get away with it.

or you can wait for one of Gamestop's regular 50% hardware sales. I got a 250GB refurbished drive for $30 that way. Got a 120GB refub for $20 that way too.

you can use any 360 drive on any 360 console which means you can use an old drive on the latest 360 E system or the 360 E HDD on the original 360 drive. it's just a matter of swapping the external case.
post #5 of 13
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Thanks for the helpful reply. The reason I didn't want to go with the chinese knock off drives was that I heard they used refurbished drives. Might as well go with a new drive because of the warranty.

I assume the biggest drive I can use is 250gb?
post #6 of 13
It's $100 difference between the 4gb and the 250gb models. Between the time invested into researched and then ordering a hdd and then the time to install it and hope it works. Isn't it cheaper to just spend the extra 100 bucks?


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you could get a 320GB drive.

price shop and see if you can get a new WD scorpio drive cheap. check the xbox hacker sites. they'd be able to give more info. we're straying into a gray area here...

i've been more than happy with my refurbs from gamestop. working for years now without a problem.
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you have to get a western digital scorpio drive. only that brand can work for 360 drives. lots of easy guides out there. just google.

really, the cheapest way to go about it is get a Xbox 360 HDD Chinese knockoff from Amazon or Ebay. of course, it won't be authentic but you'll most likely be able to get away with it.

or you can wait for one of Gamestop's regular 50% hardware sales. I got a 250GB refurbished drive for $30 that way. Got a 120GB refub for $20 that way too.

you can use any 360 drive on any 360 console which means you can use an old drive on the latest 360 E system or the 360 E HDD on the original 360 drive. it's just a matter of swapping the external case.

Thanks for that about being able do use the hard drive from my old white dead 360, I've been thinking about getting a 4 gb 360 E. I figured I would have to just sell the old a get a new drive. BTW: That old 360 drive is a Gamestop refurb and it worked fine until the old 360 quit! I've seen new hard drive cases for cheap somewhere.
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Originally Posted by yaomizzle View Post

It's $100 difference between the 4gb and the 250gb models. Between the time invested into researched and then ordering a hdd and then the time to install it and hope it works. Isn't it cheaper to just spend the extra 100 bucks?


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I would have to second that. Really wouldn't it be easier to put in some overtime at work and buy a 250/320gb xbox 360?

Isn't there also the risk of getting your 360 banned?
post #10 of 13
I got an OEM 320 GB drive close to a year ago for only $40. I see they are only around $50 right now from Amazon. Much cheaper than paying an extra $100 to have it included with the system. I have not had any problems with this OEM drive. It works just as well as the drives that came with my other 360 systems
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I got an OEM 320 GB drive close to a year ago for only $40. I see they are only around $50 right now from Amazon. Much cheaper than paying an extra $100 to have it included with the system. I have not had any problems with this OEM drive. It works just as well as the drives that came with my other 360 systems
I also use this kind. The only thing you can't do is play original Xbox games, but it works for everything else.
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I also use this kind. The only thing you can't do is play original Xbox games, but it works for everything else.

you can play original Xbox games if you install the missing partition (that contains the profiles for the emulator) that the Chinese fakers didn't put on. the guide is at same places that tell you how to make your own drive.
post #13 of 13
I used my 250 gig drive from the original 360 on my slim 4g. It is easy to do there are some guides out there on how to do it. All you do is take the the hard drive out of the case and you can slide it into the slim. You don't need slim type case for it. You can pick up the hard drive at game stop for cheap when they run one of there sales, or get one off eBay. Also by doing it this way the Xbox slim recognizes it with no problem because it is a microsoft drive.
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