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Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement

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  1. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
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    • Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your console.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker hiding the first screw on the back panel, near the base.

  2. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to peel back the large sticker on the back panel to reveal the second screw.

    • You only need to peel this sticker to where you can access the hidden screw. You don't need to pull it completely off.

    • Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers, but don't worry—Microsoft can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!

  3. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the back panel screws: step 3, image 1 of 1
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    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 7.4 mm‑long screws securing the back panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your console.

  4. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the left side of the base.

    • Pry up the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

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    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the right side of the base.

    • Pry up the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  6. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the back panel at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the shell to unclip the long edges.

    • During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place.

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    • The back panel slots into a gap at the top of the shell.

    • Tilt the back panel up and pull it away from the top edge of the shell to release it from the gap.

    • Remove the back panel.

  8. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 8, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 8, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Unlatch the base: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift up on the locking tab holding the base to the shell.

  9. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 9, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 9, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Twist and remove the base: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the base and rotate it counterclockwise to unlock it from the shell.

    • You may need to hold the locking tab open while you get the base started.

    • Remove the base.

    • During reassembly, drop the base tabs into their holes on the shell and twist clockwise until the base snaps into the interior locking tab.

    • When locked in place, the "Hello from Seattle" line will be parallel with the device's sides.

  10. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive screws: step 10, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive screws: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 8.8 mm screws securing the optical drive's vibration isolator to the shell: one on the base and one on the top of the isolator.

  11. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 11, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 11, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Lift up the optical drive's vibration isolator to remove it.

    • The vibration isolator grips the sides of the optical drive with silicone pads, so you may need to "walk" the isolator off of the drive to slip it off each side.

    • During reassembly, ensure the vibration isolator is pushed down and around both edges of the optical drive, so it sits flush with the rest of the center chassis.

  12. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 12, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 12, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Disconnect the power and data cables: step 12, image 3 of 3
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    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the optical drive power connector and pull up to disconnect it from the optical drive.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

    • Use your fingers to pull up and disconnect the data cable from the optical drive.

  13. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive: step 13, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the top edge of the optical drive and pull it out of its slot in the shell to remove it.

    • During reassembly, align the pegs on the bottom edge of the optical drive with the guide holes on the bottom of the shell.

    • If the drive is misaligned, the top vibration isolator will not be able to be installed correctly, and the disc reader will be misaligned with the front of the console.

  14. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive cover: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 3.6 mm screws securing the optical drive cover.

  15. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the optical drive cover straight up to remove it.

  16. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Disconnect the three ribbon cables: step 16, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Disconnect the three ribbon cables: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the hinged locking tab on the large ribbon cable's ZIF connector.

  17. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the hinged locking tab on the small ribbon cable's ZIF connector.

  18. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the hinged locking tab on the small ribbon cable's ZIF connector, near the corner of the optical drive.

  19. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
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    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to remove each of the three ribbon cables from their connectors.

    • Always pull ribbon cables straight out of their connectors, in the direction of the cable.

  20. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Desolder the two wires: step 20, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Desolder the two wires: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a soldering iron to desolder the red wire in the corner of the optical drive board.

    • Then, desolder the adjacent black wire. Use a pair of blunt tweezers to hold and pull away the wires from the board.

    • Follow general soldering safety guidelines such as wearing eye protection, working in a well-ventilated area, and washing your hands with soap and water after soldering.

    • Excessive heat may damage electrical components. Don't apply the soldering iron to the board for long periods of time.

    • When you install the original board into the replacement optical drive, solder the red wire to the solder pad labeled R. Solder the black wire to the solder pad labeled B.

  21. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive board: step 21, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the optical drive board: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 3.3 mm‑long screws securing the optical drive board.

  22. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
  23. Xbox Series X Optical Drive Replacement, Transfer the optical drive board: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the optical drive board.

    • Use the same process (starting at this step) to remove the optical drive board from your replacement drive.

    • You'll need to transfer your original optical drive board into the new drive.

Conclusion

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

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Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Xbox Series X Answers community for help.

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6 Comments

Where can I get a replacement disk drive for my Series X? Figures the warranty just ran out last month and now the disk drive wants to start acting stupid. Doing the same exact thing my One X did where it'll read some discs no problem but won't read others. Just got Guardians of the Galaxy brand new, first time ever taking it out of it's case and inserted directly into the console and it won't read.

NISMOJukeRich - Reply

After zooming into the drive cover, we find the model number is DG-6M5S-03B Which can then be googled, to find that its the exact same replacement drive from previous xbox models. The only difference being the drives motherboard, which you will be swapping to your current one anyway.

Veronica Lowe -

Where can I get replacement drive?

anthonyt204 - Reply

After zooming into the drive cover, we find the model number is DG-6M5S-03B Which can then be googled, to find that its the exact same replacement drive from previous xbox models. The only difference being the drive's motherboard, which you will be swapping to your current one anyway.

Veronica Lowe -

I bought a replacement drive for my One X and never installed it, but am now having issues with my Series X drive. The spare I have is P/N DG-6M5S-02B. Is this a compatible replacement?

Chris Gourley - Reply

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