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Submitted by Chug 1998d ago | article

How to put an old Xbox 360 HDD into Xbox 360 S

David Hinkle: "We're no good with screwdrivers -- OK, well, some of us are -- so we'd probably never attempt to mod our shiny new 4GB Xbox 360 S by fitting an old hard drive in it. If you're braver than us (very likely), feel free to check out the step-by-step guide past the break, which pulls back the curtain on the magical process of techno-wizardy fueling this hybrid of form and frugality."

"Of course, it goes without saying that this will totally void your warranty, but we thought we'd say it anyway." (Xbox 360)

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8800gtx  +   1998d ago
"it goes without saying that this will totally void your warranty"

Lets hope it doesnt result in a ban lol.

Playerz8  +   1998d ago
Next Up "How to do something stupid"
darthv72  +   1998d ago
datel to the rescue...
I just a have a feeling someone like datel will make an empty drive enclosure similar to what MS has with the official 360s drives. That way you can put an official hdd from any model in and it will work because it is still an official drive.
Queasy  +   1998d ago
It shouldn't void your warranty at all. You are using a MS approved hard drive and you are not doing anything to the case of the new console. You are using the existing hard drive bay.

The only real danger comes from potentially flexing the SATA connector if you lay the console horizontally.
Bigpappy  +   1998d ago
There is no problem with this
If your are using the drive from a previous xbox, thie is actually great to know that you don't need to open the 360 to add your old drive to the 4Gig. 4Gigs will now see a big boost in sales.
siyrobbo  +   1998d ago
you could even buy a wd 250g update the firmware and pop it straight in, much cheaper if you can get hold of the right drive

Still sucks you cant just use any drive
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darthv72  +   1998d ago
the internal connector is your standard SATA one, I am betting it wont be long till a third party co makes a compatible enclosure that you can use with any "official" 360 hdd. This includes the 20, 60, 120 and 250.

No ban can happen seeing as it is still the original 360 hdd format. There is no sensor on opening the 360 hdd enclosure to alert MS of any tampering. I can see this as a way to take the old hdd from a RROD 360 and use it in a new 360s 4gb unit.

edit: this guy in the vid is funny. using a hammer to break open the old hdd case. he could have used a torx driver to remove the screws. That way...if ever there was a chance to use the drive on an older 360 again he would have the external enclosure to put it back in.

Also, if you want to regain space on the hdd you can move content to the internal storage then format and move bac
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enkeixpress  +   1998d ago
... Some people are lazy though.. like, Really lazy.. So lazy that using something as simple as a screwdriver is considered too much work.

So I think buying the 250GB Slim would be best, less of a hassle. ;)
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DaThreats  +   1998d ago
Falling for their marketing rip-pff stragedy
Get the 4G Slim or 4g Slim Kinect Bundle, use this technique and you will save money!
LordGamer  +   1998d ago
So Im Guessing
That sometime down the road they will be releasing a larger hard drive for the 4gig 360?
darthv72  +   1998d ago
already did
the 250gb is available for $129 i think.

I am more interested in home made drive enclosure that will fit in the drive bay to make the original drives fit without issue.

This little vid just proves there will be a few different ones coming out soon from the likes of Datel and other companies.
BX81  +   1998d ago
I wanna punch this guy if he says middle one more time! Good vid though!
Newtype  +   1998d ago
just don't move the 360...hard drive can wiggle off.
niceguywii60  +   1998d ago
Great idea fo somebody that has purchased the new 4gb 360-s and has old HDDs laying around or they could go get one for cheap. I wonder if MSFT can tell with generation HDD is currently on a gamer's console when connected to XBL.
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goukijones  +   1998d ago
Hammer time!
Use the hammer to bust open the hard drive yes! Excellent video. Jimmys problem is that he needs a HD bigger than 20gig. I don't know if I can convince him to smash open a 250. Use the Hammer!
xtremeimport  +   1998d ago
4 gigs for noobs.
lazysey  +   1998d ago
Here's my 2 cents.
You can use any 2.5'inch laptop hdd with the new xbox 360 slim. They just have to be the same size as the commercial ones i.e 20, 60, 120, and 250. The next part involves partitioning your cheap ass laptop hdd with the official 360 hdd's official signature so that it is recognized on the console. If this helped you, plus bubbles please and thank you. Btw you can't get banned because there are people modding on the OFFICIAL hdd's so why not save yourself 140$ and use this method.
way2fonky  +   1998d ago
"Yeah get it in there good n deep."
Dorwrath  +   1998d ago
It's still against the TOU and considered modifying your console. According to Xbox Support that is. Just asked them as I'm having tech issues right now. They looked at the vid too.

Donno how they would know though.
hiredhelp  +   1998d ago
what the hell he useing pliars. f**** noob. on electrical hardware like that pulling on a sata port. not good not way you pull on sata port.
with the flex on that hdd with no support from the mounted screws on the hdd. its putting strain on the hdd closure.
bobdog626  +   1998d ago
Crazy but Cool
But I would never do something like that.Its like Jerry Rigging to me=Total FAIL
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PS3-247  +   1998d ago
Aim for the middle
C4BL3  +   1998d ago
and getting in deep. How can this void your warranty? how would m$ ever know. this is great I will be buying a 4gb now, cheaper and don't have to worry about transfering my 120g hdd.

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