Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace your Xbox's hard drive.

Make sure your Xbox is safely unplugged and is laying on a flat, stable surface.
  • Make sure your Xbox is safely unplugged and is laying on a flat, stable surface.

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Turn the Xbox over to reveal the four rubber feet.
  • Turn the Xbox over to reveal the four rubber feet.

  • Use a metal spudger to pry off the four rubber feet.

The screw is in the outside corner. If you pry up only the half of the foot on that side, you can easily remove the (very long) screw, and the foot will stay attached.

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There are 2 more screws hidden under the two labels on the bottom of the case. You can either remove the labels or simply feel for the screw holes through the labels and then cut or punch a hole through them.
  • There are 2 more screws hidden under the two labels on the bottom of the case.

  • You can either remove the labels or simply feel for the screw holes through the labels and then cut or punch a hole through them.

It is also easy to feel for the screw hole with your finger and then cut a hole, or punch it out with the tip of the Torx driver to reveal the screw.

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Remove the six T20 Torx screws securing the top cover to the bottom cover.
  • Remove the six T20 Torx screws securing the top cover to the bottom cover.

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Wedge a metal spudger and carefully pry upwards to slightly separate the top and bottom covers. Flip the Xbox right side up.
  • Wedge a metal spudger and carefully pry upwards to slightly separate the top and bottom covers.

  • Flip the Xbox right side up.

  • Hold the sides and lift the Xbox slightly off the bench. A gentle shake of the unit should see the top cover separate from the rest of the unit quite easily.

  • Placing the Xbox on your lap while separating the top and bottom covers may make the process easier.

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Once the bottom and top shells are no longer attached, carefully turn the Xbox right-side-up, lift and remove the top cover. Once the bottom and top shells are no longer attached, carefully turn the Xbox right-side-up, lift and remove the top cover.
  • Once the bottom and top shells are no longer attached, carefully turn the Xbox right-side-up, lift and remove the top cover.

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Remove the three 3 mm T10 screws securing the hard drive to the Xbox. There is one screw on the rear left side of the hard drive that is only visible when the IDE ribbon cable is lifted up.  The other two are at the front right and left sides of the hard drive.
  • Remove the three 3 mm T10 screws securing the hard drive to the Xbox.

  • There is one screw on the rear left side of the hard drive that is only visible when the IDE ribbon cable is lifted up. The other two are at the front right and left sides of the hard drive.

  • The screw on the lower left corner of the disk drive is not in the hole that it appears to be in, but rather just closer to the corner.

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Free the hard drive power cable from the carrier for sufficient slack to lift the hard drive out. Lift the plastic hard drive carrier out of the Xbox case.
  • Free the hard drive power cable from the carrier for sufficient slack to lift the hard drive out.

  • Lift the plastic hard drive carrier out of the Xbox case.

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Remove the four 3.4 mm T15 Torx screws from the plastic hard drive carrier (two screws per side). Carefully remove the hard drive from the plastic carrier.  Gentle rocking will see the hard drive come out quite easily. Carefully remove the hard drive from the plastic carrier.  Gentle rocking will see the hard drive come out quite easily.
  • Remove the four 3.4 mm T15 Torx screws from the plastic hard drive carrier (two screws per side).

  • Carefully remove the hard drive from the plastic carrier. Gentle rocking will see the hard drive come out quite easily.

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Pull both the hard drive data  ribbon cable and the power cable straight up from the hard drive. They may be firmly seated, so be careful trying to remove them.  DO NOT pull the wires as you may damage the cable assembly.
  • Pull both the hard drive data ribbon cable and the power cable straight up from the hard drive.

  • They may be firmly seated, so be careful trying to remove them. DO NOT pull the wires as you may damage the cable assembly.

Remember that the new drive will only work if it has been properly prepared, and the Xbox has been modified.

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Conclusion

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

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can you replace the hard drive with one that has windows or linux on it and run windows or linux from the hdd and turn the xbox into a media pc or is the xbox OS not in the hdd but in a chip on the motherboard that cannot be overridden so that it boots from the hdd

alexander matthiessen - Reply

NO, you cannot.

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http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-To-Determine...

Utilize the information on this website to determine what Xbox version you have so you know what replacement parts to look for.

Navy Vet 2015 - Reply

The repairability score varies on the model...

Stephen Kymn - Reply

greetings- we have an Xbox One that is out of warranty. The Xbox wont turn on. We have replaced the power brick & it still wont turn on. We think the hard drive crashed. Orange light is on on power brick. Should we try to replace the hard drive?

wallis - Reply

Is it an original Xbox, Xbox 360 or the latest Xbox One? Very poor naming of the consoles on Microsoft’s part. Most used to call the original 2001 released Xbox the Xbox 1 after the Xbox 360 was released and now there’s the Xbox One (spelled out) and Xbox One S and Xbox One X. (Argh!!)

Power brick (external power supply) was on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One not the original Xbox. The original Xbox’s power supply was self-contained.

kaos_engr -

This Xbox Hard Drive Replacement Guide mentions nothing about the ATA security employed by the original Xbox’s firmware that prevents easily swapping drives between different consoles. Without first unlocking and relocking the HDD to the new console’s motherboard (HDDKey), you cannot just swap HDDs from one to another.

kaos_engr -

This Xbox Hard Drive Replacement Guide mentions nothing about the ATA security employed by the original Xbox’s firmware that prevents easily swapping drives between different consoles. Without first unlocking and relocking the HDD to the new console’s motherboard (HDDKey), you cannot just swap HDDs from one to another.

kaos_engr - May 9

best comment so far swapping any xbox hard drive may it be the original xbox, xbox 360 etc is not as simple as this guide made it to be.

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