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Mid 2013 revision to the Xbox 360 line of game consoles, featuring 4 USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Is it possible to format a generic drive with Partition 2?

I recently got one of these for some of the old games worth having (and original Xbox games). I got it cheap since it's the 4GB system (which is *why* it was cheap and was priced accordingly).

While used drives aren't expensive and are easy to find, they are more then I’d like to spend on the system on a blessed drive from Microsoft… If I can avoid doing so.

Bearing in mind that the official drive doesn't total these 4GB systems out (but is expensive enough you can get this exact system with the drive for about the same price as a factory hard drive variant), I have a spare drive from my laptop that's slow but should work. I can reuse the old drive from my laptop and get the enclosure for $2, give or take.

I don't need an internal drive for 360 games since I can use an external drive over USB (I have a high hour drive that works connected). The reason I’m doing this is I need the internal drive for the Xbox emulation :(.

Is it possible to format a generic drive internally on the 360 to get the correct partition map and then restore the required files onto Partition 2?

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no the internal HDD requires custom firmware only compatible with a handful of drives

120GB used 360 HDD are cheap, IIRC the firmware is all the same from the original arcade and pros to the E you just change the shell. the hdds from the older models are cheap used

on the older xbox 360 S (trinity version) you can replace the 4GB hdd with any usb but not on the E versions

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The 4GB is internal on the S and E, so I can't change it but It can be ignored. Why this model *ever* needed to exist is beyond me. The lack of SPDIF is something I strongly dislike, but I can live with it for what I paid.

I've seen people tear down 20/60GB drives (you can tell without even trying judging from the console they're getting the drive from) without issues on the S, so I assume the E will be no different. Those drives are CHEAP because there's more of those then surviving consoles left to use them. I bought one just in case, so I have a 20GB drive on hand for the shell swap.

And yes, I *can* use USB storage on the E for 360 games. I've got my save files and profile on an external drive so that's not lost if the system dies. In terms of using it that way, R* says it's okay for GTA V, so it's probably (somewhat) game/era specific.


I was able to get away with a test run 20GB drive... Didn't have any problems taking it.

$3 fix to get around the awful storage situation in my case.


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