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Replace a banged up, grimy, noisy fan to make your Xbox 360 S hum like new.

Image 1/1: Take care when removing the fan vent not to break any of the plastic clips.
  • In the following steps, you will remove the top vent, secured to the top panel by the thirteen clips shown.

  • Take care when removing the fan vent not to break any of the plastic clips.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger between the top vent and the top bezel near the rear of the Xbox. Image 2/2: Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the edge of the fan vent up until the two plastic clips come free.
  • Orient the console so that the words "XBOX 360" on the sides are right-side up, and the faceplate is facing to the left.

  • Insert a metal spudger between the top vent and the top bezel near the rear of the Xbox.

  • Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the edge of the fan vent up until the two plastic clips come free.

  • Be sure to rotate the spudger far enough so that the plastic clips clear the silver rim of the top bezel.

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Image 1/3: In the same manner described above, begin prying the left side of the top vent away from the top bezel. Image 2/3: Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side. Image 3/3: Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side.
  • Insert a metal spudger between the fan vent and top bezel along the left side of the console.

  • In the same manner described above, begin prying the left side of the top vent away from the top bezel.

  • Continue prying along the left side of the device, freeing all the clips on that side.

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Image 1/2: Remove the entire fan vent. Image 2/2: Remove the entire fan vent.
  • Lift the fan vent up from the freed left side to disengage the clips along the right side.

  • Remove the entire fan vent.

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Image 1/2: Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip. Image 2/2: Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.
  • In the following steps, you will be releasing the six clips highlighted in red.

  • Each clip can be undone by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger through the front-most slit on the left edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the left case, as described above. Image 2/2: Simultaneously rotate the spudger away from the console and pull up on the top bezel to free the clip.
  • Orient the console so that the left case is facing toward you and the faceplate is facing toward the right.

  • Insert a metal spudger through the front-most slit on the left edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the left case, as described above.

  • Simultaneously rotate the spudger away from the console and pull up on the top bezel to free the clip.

  • You will hear a "pop" signifying that the clip cleared its catch.

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  • Using the same method described above, free the two remaining clips along the left edge of the top bezel.

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Image 1/1: You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached.
  • Grab the entire top panel with your hands, lift up the entire left edge high enough to rest the separated clips on top of the left case.

  • You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached.

  • The top panel will not come free of the console yet.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger through the rear-most slit on the right edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the right case. Image 2/2: While lifting up on the top bezel with your fingers, rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip.
  • Rotate the console so that the rear of the Xbox 360 S is facing to the right, and the right case is facing you.

  • Insert a metal spudger through the rear-most slit on the right edge of the top bezel and between the bottom edge of the clip and the right case.

  • While lifting up on the top bezel with your fingers, rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip.

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  • In the same manner as described in the previous steps, release the middle and front clips along the right edge of the top panel.

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Image 1/1: You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached to the console.
  • Lift the top panel off the device.

  • You may have to go back with a spudger and undo any clips that have re-attached to the console.

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Image 1/3: Push the latch holding down the hard drive cover to the left. Image 2/3: Pull the hard drive cover away from the console. Image 3/3: Pull the hard drive cover away from the console.
  • Orient the Xbox 360 S so that the bottom of the console is facing toward you.

  • Push the latch holding down the hard drive cover to the left.

  • Pull the hard drive cover away from the console.

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Image 1/3: Pull the hard drive straight out of the console. Image 2/3: The fabric tab is attached to a catch further inside the hard drive housing. It will take some force to pull the hard drive out. Image 3/3: The fabric tab is attached to a catch further inside the hard drive housing. It will take some force to pull the hard drive out.
  • Firmly grasp the fabric tab labeled "250 GB" attached to the hard drive.

  • Pull the hard drive straight out of the console.

  • The fabric tab is attached to a catch further inside the hard drive housing. It will take some force to pull the hard drive out.

If i buy a new xbox 360 and replace the hardrive inside with my own, will i have my account and saves? or will i have to recover my account and start over?

yamboboy - Reply

You will still have your saves and account if you replace your hard drive in the new xbox

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  • In the following steps, you will remove the bottom vent. It is attached to the bottom panel by the seven clips shown.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger between the black bottom vent and the silver rim of the bottom bezel, in the rear right corner of the vent. Image 2/2: Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the vent up from the bottom bezel.
  • Orient the Xbox 360 S so that the hard drive port is facing up and the faceplate is facing to the left.

  • Insert a metal spudger between the black bottom vent and the silver rim of the bottom bezel, in the rear right corner of the vent.

  • Rotate the spudger away from the console, prying the vent up from the bottom bezel.

  • Be sure to rotate the spudger far enough so that the clips on the vent are lifted past the silver rim of the bottom bezel.

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Image 1/3: All of the clips along both the right and front edge should now be free. If other clips have come undone as well, that is fine. Image 2/3: All of the clips along both the right and front edge should now be free. If other clips have come undone as well, that is fine. Image 3/3: All of the clips along both the right and front edge should now be free. If other clips have come undone as well, that is fine.
  • In the same manner as described above, pry the two remaining clips on the bottom right edge.

  • All of the clips along both the right and front edge should now be free. If other clips have come undone as well, that is fine.

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  • Remove the bottom vent by lifting it away from the bottom bezel.

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Image 1/2: The clips shown in red can be detached by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip. Image 2/2: The clips shown in red can be detached by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.
  • In the following steps, you will remove the bottom bezel, which is attached to the rest of the console by the six clips shown.

  • The clips shown in red can be detached by inserting a metal spudger underneath the bottom edge of the clip. Once underneath the bottom edge, simply prying away from the console will free the clip.

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Image 1/2: Rotate the spudger away from the device while lifting the rear bezel up with the other hand. Image 2/2: You may hear a "pop" signifying the clip has cleared its catch.
  • Insert a metal spudger through the slit near the rear left corner of the bottom bezel.

  • Rotate the spudger away from the device while lifting the rear bezel up with the other hand.

  • You may hear a "pop" signifying the clip has cleared its catch.

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Image 1/2: Simultaneously pull the bottom bezel up and rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip. Image 2/2: In a similar fashion, free the clip at the front of the bottom bezel's left edge.
  • Insert a metal spudger through the left middle slit of the bottom bezel, and between the bottom edge of the clip and the left case.

  • Simultaneously pull the bottom bezel up and rotate the spudger away from the console to free the clip.

  • In a similar fashion, free the clip at the front of the bottom bezel's left edge.

  • The entire left side of the bottom bezel should now be free.

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Image 1/2: Insert the spudger into the rear-most slit on the right edge of the bottom bezel, and wedge it behind the clip by pushing the spudger down while pushing the tip of the spudger against the right case. Image 2/2: Simultaneously release the clip and pull the bottom bezel up.
  • Turn the console around so that the faceplate is facing to the right and the right case is facing toward you.

  • Insert the spudger into the rear-most slit on the right edge of the bottom bezel, and wedge it behind the clip by pushing the spudger down while pushing the tip of the spudger against the right case.

  • Simultaneously release the clip and pull the bottom bezel up.

  • This clip is especially hard to remove. Some force will be required to insert the spudger correctly.

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Image 1/1: Insert a spudger between the silver rim and bottom bezel directly above the clip shown.
  • This clip does not have a slit in the bezel to guide you. You can locate the clip by looking under the bezel near the hard drive slot.

  • Insert a spudger between the silver rim and bottom bezel directly above the clip shown.

  • Release the clip while pulling up on the bottom bezel.

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Image 1/2: Lift the left edge of the bottom bezel up enough to gain clearance. Image 2/2: Insert a metal spudger behind the left edge of the last clip, and push the clip away from the right case.
  • This clip is smaller than the others and should not be removed from above like the others.

  • Lift the left edge of the bottom bezel up enough to gain clearance.

  • Insert a metal spudger behind the left edge of the last clip, and push the clip away from the right case.

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  • Opening your Xbox 360 any further will require breaking or removing the warranty sticker on the outer case. Your Microsoft warranty for any components not directly attached to the logic board will likely be voided by removing this seal.

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Image 1/2: Locate the two clips connecting the right and left case along the top edge of the console, behind the Wi-Fi card. Image 2/2: While pushing the left and right case away from each other with one hand, pry the clips away from the case with a metal spudger.
  • Orient the console right-side up, with the faceplate facing toward you.

  • Locate the two clips connecting the right and left case along the top edge of the console, behind the Wi-Fi card.

  • While pushing the left and right case away from each other with one hand, pry the clips away from the case with a metal spudger.

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Image 1/2: Insert a spudger between the right and left cases to hold them separate while you work elsewhere. Image 2/2: Insert a spudger between the right and left cases to hold them separate while you work elsewhere.
  • Continue to hold the two cases apart to prevent the clips reattaching.

  • Insert a spudger between the right and left cases to hold them separate while you work elsewhere.

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Image 1/2: While pushing the left and right cases apart with one hand, free one clip located beside the hard drive slot. Image 2/2: While pushing the left and right cases apart with one hand, free one clip located beside the hard drive slot.
  • Flip the Xbox over so the faceplate is facing left, and the left case is facing toward you.

  • While pushing the left and right cases apart with one hand, free one clip located beside the hard drive slot.

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Image 1/2: Place another spudger between the left and right cases directly below the clip. Image 2/2: Place another spudger between the left and right cases directly below the clip.
  • Continue to hold the cases apart to prevent the clips from reattaching.

  • Place another spudger between the left and right cases directly below the clip.

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Image 1/3: Pry the left case upwards to form a gap between the two cases, and slide the spudger in toward the left case. Image 2/3: Rotate the spudger upward to release the last clip. Image 3/3: The spudgers holding the top and bottom clips apart may be removed.
  • Insert the flat edge of a metal spudger between the left and right cases where the warranty sticker used to be.

  • Pry the left case upwards to form a gap between the two cases, and slide the spudger in toward the left case.

  • Rotate the spudger upward to release the last clip.

  • The spudgers holding the top and bottom clips apart may be removed.

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  • Release one clip in the front left corner of the top edge securing the left case to the faceplate.

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Image 1/2: Release one clip in the front left corner of the bottom edge securing the left case to the faceplate. Image 2/2: Rotate the left case away from the device to release the last two inner clips.
  • Flip the console over so the bottom is facing upward.

  • Release one clip in the front left corner of the bottom edge securing the left case to the faceplate.

  • Rotate the left case away from the device to release the last two inner clips.

  • Remove the left case.

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Image 1/2: Release the clip near the front right corner of the top edge securing the right case to the faceplate. Image 2/2: Release the clip near the front right corner of the top edge securing the right case to the faceplate.
  • Orient the console right-side-up, with the faceplate facing forward.

  • Release the clip near the front right corner of the top edge securing the right case to the faceplate.

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Image 1/1: Release the clip in the bottom right corner of the top edge securing the right case to the front case.
  • Turn the console over, so that the bottom is facing upward, and the faceplate is facing forward.

  • Release the clip in the bottom right corner of the top edge securing the right case to the front case.

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Image 1/2: Detach the faceplate from the rest of the device. Image 2/2: The faceplate is still attached to the console by a thin ribbon cable. Do not attempt to completely remove the faceplate yet.
  • Lift the left edge of the faceplate upward to release the last two clips securing the faceplate to the right case.

  • Detach the faceplate from the rest of the device.

  • The faceplate is still attached to the console by a thin ribbon cable. Do not attempt to completely remove the faceplate yet.

It is easier to perform step 40 before 34 (unscrew the long torx screws to make the right case flexible)

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Image 1/3: Slide the locking tab on the power switch board cable connector toward the top of the console. Image 2/3: The locking tab will only move about 2 mm. Image 3/3: Pull the power switch cable straight out of the connector.
  • Using a spudger or fingernail, lift the clear blue tab away from the connector.

  • Slide the locking tab on the power switch board cable connector toward the top of the console.

  • The locking tab will only move about 2 mm.

  • Pull the power switch cable straight out of the connector.

  • The faceplate is now free of the rest of the console.

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  • Remove the two 5.6 mm T8 Torx screws securing the RF module to the metal case.

On my disassembly during this part, I found the T9 Torx to be too big and had to use the T8 Torx instead.

weitmeyerj - Reply

The correct size is T8!

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Image 1/2: Pull the board directly away from the Xbox to remove it. Image 2/2: Pull the board directly away from the Xbox to remove it.
  • The RF module is still connected to the Xbox by a large USB-type connector.

  • Pull the board directly away from the Xbox to remove it.

This step is not needed.

Wade - Reply

It may not be required but recommended. As you move the xbox around you could break this part. Removing it and placing it in a safe place keeps that from happening.

junkyardjojo - Reply

Is the rf module married to the mother board? Im trying to replace the piece but dont want to start if it is not compatible.

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Image 1/3: Pull the Wi-Fi Board out of the console. Image 2/3: Pull the Wi-Fi Board out of the console. Image 3/3: Pull the Wi-Fi Board out of the console.
  • Remove the single T10 Torx screw holding in the wireless card.

  • Pull the Wi-Fi Board out of the console.

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Image 1/1: Remove the large white warranty sticker from the metal frame to expose a screw.
  • This is the terminal point if you ever want to send your Xbox back to Microsoft for repair.

  • Remove the large white warranty sticker from the metal frame to expose a screw.

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  • Remove the five 55.5 mm T10 Torx screws securing the right case to the metal frame.

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Image 1/1: Lift the right case off by its metal framework.
  • Turn the Xbox over so the right case is facing up.

  • Lift the right case off by its metal framework.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the power cable from the back of the optical drive. Image 2/2: Disconnect the power cable from the back of the optical drive.
  • Disconnect the optical drive data cable from the back of the optical drive.

  • Disconnect the power cable from the back of the optical drive.

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  • Lift the optical drive out of the Xbox.

Is there a specific Optical Drive that Microsoft uses in these or can I upgrade my drive?

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i took my drive out but when installed my replacement it would not work

davidgardner301 - Reply

WAS thinking of possibly trying to repair my son's Xbox 360S, by replacing the optical drive, but after looking at all the spudger steps to get to the drive and then your comment that the replacement might not actually work... forget about it! I ain't going to all that work for possibly nothing... t'ain't worth it!

Anyone want a perfectly working Xbox 360S with a drive the spins game discs upon ejection? We've already bought a replacement, so this unit is for sale... name your price.

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In regards to davidgardner301 comment there is a extra step they. Didn't show on this replacement guide in order for your new disk drive to work you will need to remove the origional board connected to thje origional drive that came with the system and soler that onto the new one its a tricky process however its a step most people over look

Without the origional board the xbox will not accept the replacement drive only because each disk drive is coded to work with tat soecific xbox only so your out of luck if you already. Tossed out your old disk drive

Eric Liu - Reply

So I installed the drive but the thing keeps reading the games as dvds, hence; wont play them, why?

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The DVD drives are coded to the Motherboard. If you buy the same exact drive to replace the broken one. You will still need to either 1) transfer the DVD circuit board OR 2) get the Firmware from the old DVD drive using a PC and then transfer it to the New DVD. There are website regarding this procedure if you want to look it up.

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Image 1/1: Remove the single 11.3 mm gold T10 Torx screw from the hole marked "G."
  • Turn the console over so that the metal case is facing up.

  • Remove the single 11.3 mm gold T10 Torx screw from the hole marked "G."

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Image 1/2: There is a locator peg underneath the fan duct (top right corner of the fan duct as viewed in the pictures). When reinstalling look down the screw hole to aid alignment. Image 2/2: There is a locator peg underneath the fan duct (top right corner of the fan duct as viewed in the pictures). When reinstalling look down the screw hole to aid alignment.
  • Lift the fan duct off the fan.

  • There is a locator peg underneath the fan duct (top right corner of the fan duct as viewed in the pictures). When reinstalling look down the screw hole to aid alignment.

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Image 1/2: Lift the hard drive cable connector off the hard drive bracket. Image 2/2: Lift the hard drive cable connector off the hard drive bracket.
  • Remove the single 9.2 mm T10 Torx screw securing the hard drive cable connector to the plastic bracket.

  • Lift the hard drive cable connector off the hard drive bracket.

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  • Remove the 11.3 mm T10 Torx screw holding the hard drive bracket to the metal frame, near the DC-In port.

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  • Lift the hard drive bracket out of the metal frame.

I have a 4GB Xbox 360 slim and I bought a 500GB hard drive for it. I pushed the hard drive in its place and after I heard that click, I pushed it a little bit more to be shure that it's in place. I noticed that the hard drive bracket (the slide that holds the hard drive) it's elastic: after the hard drive is inserted, it wobbles (maybe to prevent hdd damage when the xbox is moved).

My question is: how does the hard drive bracket work? is there a metal spring in its mechanism that allows it to wobble? Did I make any damage to it because I pushed the hard drive to be sure that it is in place? I don't want to teardwon my console to find that out.

Thank you!

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  • Disconnect the fan cable by pulling its connector off the logic board.

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Image 1/3: Remove the fan from the logic board assembly. Image 2/3: Remove the fan from the logic board assembly. Image 3/3: Remove the fan from the logic board assembly.
  • Unscrew the two 11.7 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink in the bottom right and top left corners of the fan.

  • Remove the fan from the logic board assembly.

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Conclusion

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

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Do I need to buy a new fan, or does this tutorial basically use a method of cleaning things out to fix the fan?

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