Introduction

This guide only demonstrates how to remove the optical drive.

The Xbox 360 is designed so that the DVD drive works only with the particular game console it is installed in. Replacing a defective DVD drive with a replacement DVD drive does not work, since the replacement has a different DVD drive key, which the game console won't accept.

Image 1/2: Remove the hard drive assembly from the top vent. Image 2/2: Remove the hard drive assembly from the top vent.
  • Grasp the hard drive assembly and press the release button while lifting its front edge.

  • Remove the hard drive assembly from the top vent.

WARNING: Just replacing the drive will not make it work correctly. Microsoft has married the drives to the motherboard. Hence, in order to get full operation out of the drive you'll have to perform more steps not listed here. Search in the FAQ on this specific topic for more details. Otherwise, before buying a new drive, try cleaning the inside of the old one and/or replace the belt involved in opening and closing the drive door.

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Image 1/1: ''Throughout the following opening procedure, the finger of an [product|IF145-055|Xbox 360 opening tool] can be used in place of a spudger.''
  • Stand the console vertically with the bottom edge facing up.

  • Throughout the following opening procedure, the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool can be used in place of a spudger.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger or the edge of an Xbox 360 opening tool into the small gap at the front edge of the bottom vent.

  • Pry the front edge of the bottom vent away from the faceplate.

You can avoid this step by pulling the front cover off. Just make sure you don't break the springs for the USB bay area.

Repair Doctor - Reply

Hello, thank you ifix for this guide, I followed this guide, I got stuck at some point but I resolved it. Also I want to share this resource: Step by Step guide to fix Xbox 360 errors it helped me go through all the things associated with Xbox 360 and the troubleshooting of errors. Hope this can also help you all.

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Image 1/3: You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces. Image 2/3: You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces. Image 3/3: You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces.
  • In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the bottom vent. Their locations are highlighted in red.

  • You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces.

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Image 1/2: While slightly lifting the front edge of the bottom vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the front of the bottom vent towards the inside of the console. Image 2/2: While slightly lifting the front edge of the bottom vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the front of the bottom vent towards the inside of the console.
  • To release the clips, work from the front edge of the bottom vent.

  • While slightly lifting the front edge of the bottom vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the front of the bottom vent towards the inside of the console.

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  • Repeat the same process to release the two center clips on the bottom vent.

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  • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clips on the bottom vent nearest the back of the Xbox.

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  • Remove the bottom vent from the 360.

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Image 1/2: Run your spudger along the edge of the faceplate to release the clips securing it to the front of the console. Image 2/2: You may also accomplish this task by using the edge of the Xbox 360 opening tool, but it may scratch the plastic case.
  • Insert the edge of a spudger between the faceplate and the outer casing near the power button.

  • Run your spudger along the edge of the faceplate to release the clips securing it to the front of the console.

  • You may also accomplish this task by using the edge of the Xbox 360 opening tool, but it may scratch the plastic case.

  • Alternatively, you can use your hands to carefully pull the faceplate away from the Xbox.

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  • Repeat the same motions as previously mentioned to release the left side of the faceplate.

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  • Remove the faceplate from the front face of the console.

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Image 1/2: The top vent is secured to the console via clips. The first two clips are located underneath the top vent closest to the faceplate, as shown in the pictures. Image 2/2: The top vent is secured to the console via clips. The first two clips are located underneath the top vent closest to the faceplate, as shown in the pictures.
  • Stand the console vertically with the top edge facing up.

  • The top vent is secured to the console via clips. The first two clips are located underneath the top vent closest to the faceplate, as shown in the pictures.

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Image 1/2: You may also use the long finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to accomplish this task. Image 2/2: You may also use the long finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to accomplish this task.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the small gaps previously mentioned to release the clips.

  • You may also use the long finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to accomplish this task.

I found it easier to open these clips using the pointy end of the spudger rather than the flat end. Just slide it in against the side of the case and the clip will pop off.

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  • In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the top vent. Their locations are highlighted in red.

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Image 1/2: While slightly lifting the front edge of the top vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the center of the top vent towards the inside of the console. Image 2/2: While slightly lifting the front edge of the top vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the center of the top vent towards the inside of the console.
  • To release the clips, work from the middle of the top vent.

  • While slightly lifting the front edge of the top vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the center of the top vent towards the inside of the console.

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  • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox's upper case.

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Image 1/2: Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox. Image 2/2: Remove the top vent from the 360.
  • The last clip is hidden underneath the rubber foot nearest the back of the console.

  • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox.

  • Remove the top vent from the 360.

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Image 1/1: Carefully peel the warranty sticker off the console.
  • To continue, you must peel the warranty sticker off the console. Be aware that this will void your console's warranty agreement with Microsoft. Proceed at your own risk.

  • Carefully peel the warranty sticker off the console.

There is an alternate to breaking the seal. If you open the back first starting with the opposite side of the sticker you can get the rear to "Clam Open" retaining the seal.

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Image 1/3: Use the flat end of a spudger to release the following latches: Image 2/3: Above the front-facing USB ports. Image 3/3: Beneath the front-facing USB ports.
  • The upper and lower cases are attached via several latches, located in the front and back of the console. These latches must be disengaged to separate the upper case from the console.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to release the following latches:

    • Above the front-facing USB ports.

    • Beneath the front-facing USB ports.

    • Above the Memory Unit slots.

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry upwards to release the last remaining latch located above the eject button.

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  • Slightly lift the front portion of the lower case to ensure that the latches in the front have been completely released.

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  • The upper and lower cases are held together by seven release latches located on the back of the console. Their locations are highlighted in red.

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Image 1/3: While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips. Image 2/3: While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips. Image 3/3: While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips.
  • Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the clips securing the lower case to the upper case near the I/O ports.

  • While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips.

I didn't have an XBox tool, so I followed instructions in this video for this step (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaxIB6cX...) to pry it open with your fingers and a screwdriver.

Nick Karnik - Reply

The small (metal) women's hair clip is best for un-latching the tabs. The screw drivers just make the holes bigger.

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Image 1/2: The clip should release, leaving the clips near the power connector as the only thing holding the upper and lower cases together. Image 2/2: The clip should release, leaving the clips near the power connector as the only thing holding the upper and lower cases together.
  • While pushing the upper and lower cases apart, use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to push the long clip highlighted in red toward the center of the 360.

  • The clip should release, leaving the clips near the power connector as the only thing holding the upper and lower cases together.

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Image 1/1: Push the upper and lower cases apart to fully release the retaining clips.
  • Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the two remaining clips near the power connector.

  • Push the upper and lower cases apart to fully release the retaining clips.

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Image 1/1: Grasp the back portion of the lower case and lift it upwards to separate it from the console.
  • Orient the console so that the front portion is facing downwards.

  • Grasp the back portion of the lower case and lift it upwards to separate it from the console.

  • Be careful not to excessively bend the lower case near the power plug, as it can crack easily.

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Image 1/2: Insert the flat end of a spudger between the eject button and the optical drive. Image 2/2: Pry the eject button off its retaining posts and remove it from the 360.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to release the clip securing the eject button to the metal casing.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the eject button and the optical drive.

  • Pry the eject button off its retaining posts and remove it from the 360.

  • This can also be accomplished using an Xbox 360 opening tool.

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  • Remove the six silver 64 mm T10 Torx screws securing the upper case to the metal casing.

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Image 1/1: Lift the upper case straight up and remove it from the console.
  • Orient the console so that the upper case is facing upwards.

  • Lift the upper case straight up and remove it from the console.

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  • Peel the silver tape securing the optical drive to the metal casing.

Does anyone know if the Silver Tape is Lead Tape?

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Image 1/1: Don't try to completely remove the optical drive just yet. Two cables still connect it to the motherboard.
  • Slightly lift the optical drive upwards to gain clearance to disconnect the SATA and power connectors located on the backside of the optical drive.

  • Don't try to completely remove the optical drive just yet. Two cables still connect it to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the SATA data connector from its socket on the optical drive by pulling it straight away. Image 2/2: Disconnect the SATA data connector from its socket on the optical drive by pulling it straight away.
  • Grab the power connector by its cables and pull it straight out of its socket on the optical drive.

  • Disconnect the SATA data connector from its socket on the optical drive by pulling it straight away.

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  • Lift the optical drive assembly out of the metal casing.

Be careful not to lose or break the two teeny metal clips securing the optical drive assembly snugly to the metal casing on either side of the drive's front face. I used a spudger to press in the topmost tines on these clips because they were catching on the drive and bending up. The clips should stay on the metal housing, not come off with the drive.

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  • While pressing the optical drive cover toward the top face of the optical drive, use the flat end of a spudger to release the two retaining clips on the underside of the cover.

Ignore this step.

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Image 1/1: Optical drive remains.
  • Remove the optical drive cover.

  • Optical drive remains.

Ignore this step.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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who knows xbox360 can use desktop drives?We have all kinds of drives,but i am not sure if it is fit for xbox360.

Thanks

Rex Yang - Reply

That has nothing to do with this guide. If you have any question regarding this equipment, go to the answer section.

oldturkey03 -

General comment, you make no mention of removing the PCB from the DVD drive if it's being replaced. Any particular reason for that?

Pete B - Reply

Very easy to follow, got my drive fixed...thanks!

Brian Davis - Reply

" Replacing a defective optical drive with a replacement optical drive does not work. The replacement will have a different DVD drive key, which the game console will not accept."

Not entirely accurate, that statement.

Having fixed a PS3 blu-ray drive by following the excellent guide on here, tried the same technique.

I had a bad drive in my xbox, and I replaced it with a new drive (of the same type). I took the daughter-board from the faulty drive and transplanted it to the good drive. It involved stripping down both drives, disconnecting 2 ribbon cables and unsoldering about 8 wires, transplanting the daughter-board - and resoldering the wires. Then reassembling. It worked for me, anyway.

Dave - Reply

I am getting the famed red ring of death now...it there any troubleshooting I can do to fix this? I followed all steps and made sure that each wire mirrored the old unit.

Dereck Reeves - Reply

you actually can swap the drives out pretty easy. you just rip the key off of the old drive and flash it on the new one. you have to make sure you purchase the same drive model and the use jungle flasher. would they allow an extraction and flashing guide on here? and while you are at it, you can mod them pretty easy as well ;)

daniel sawyer - Reply

How come you do not have the instruction for replacing the laser?

CesarHEB - Reply

How come Ifit it does not have intructions for replacing the XBOX360 LASER?

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