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The original Xbox is Microsoft's first widely popular video gaming system. It has an easily identifiable black case with 'XBOX' emblazoned on the top and front. Repair is easy with common tools.

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I need help replacing a dead hard drive in my 1.2 model xbox classic.

I recently acquired an original xbox 1.2 model from my local game store. He sold it to me as broken for $12 because it was really loud. When I booted it up it gave me an error 07 message. After some research I found either my IDE cable was bad, wasn't plugged in all the way, or I had a dead hard drive. I unplugged and replugged the ide cable and then bought a new known working one on ebay and tried it. Still no dice. So now I'm thinking I need to replace the whole hard drive. But I'm still really new to the console repair world and I have no idea where to even begin! I know I need to softmod my system for any new hard drive to work, but how is that possible if I can't even get to the menu after the error screen? I've heard of a modchip called the Aladdin x2 or something, but how does that all work? If anyone out there could provide some insight I'd be grateful for it. I also dont understand alot of computer words so bear with me if I sound confused. I do have a laptop for transferring files if that's something I need to do. Thank you in advance!

Edit- I read somewhere that if I unplug the IDE cable from the hard drive I should get an error 08. If it's still error 7 then it could be the disc drive. I took out my disc drive from my personal working xbox and it still didn't work in the broken one with the same error 7 code so that wasn't it either. Also my new IDE cable worked fine in my personal xbox as well so it wasn't a faulty cable.

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@panicmode98 you do know by now that you can not simply add a new drive. It is "married " to the motherboard, so you would have to try to either clone your old drive, or get the hard drive key of your xbox. There are numerous tutorials and discussions about this online, check places like this as well as on here If you take a look around you could also replace the PCB on your existing drive, for as long as it does not have a mechanical failure, then use a new drive and clone it. Use this guide to replace the drive. Error 7 is commonly caused by a bad IDE cable or a bad HDD. Try to set the jumpers on your HDD to something like Master or Cable Select and see if that makes a difference. Since you said you replaced both the cable and the drive already, the issue could then be with the IDE controller on your motherboard. Hope this helps, good luck.

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