Introduction

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

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

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Image 1/1: Use a  metal spudger to pry off 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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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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.

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Image 1/2: Flip the Xbox right side up. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Lift the plastic hard drive carrier out of the Xbox case. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Carefully remove the hard drive from the plastic carrier.  Gentle rocking will see the hard drive come out quite easily. Image 2/3: Carefully remove the hard drive from the plastic carrier.  Gentle rocking will see the hard drive come out quite easily. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/2: They may be firmly seated, so be careful trying to remove them.  '''DO NOT''' pull the wires as you may damage the cable assembly. Image 2/2: 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

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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.

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The repairability score varies on the model...

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