Video Overview

Introduction

The Xbox One X is Microsoft's latest gaming console. It promises 40% more power than any other console for immersive, true 4K gaming. We've seen two previous versions of the Xbox One on our teardown table—the original and Xbox One S—and both impressed us with their ease of disassembly and modular components. Will the Xbox One X continue this trend, or does all that extra horse power come at the price of decreased repairability? There's only one way to find out and that's to tear this thing down!

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Xbox One X, use our service manual.

Final Thoughts
  • Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart.
  • Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, PSU, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced.
  • Fewer interlocking body panels and a simpler clip arrangement make opening this generation of Xbox easier than its senior.
  • Replacing the hard drive will require both voiding your warranty and some difficult hackery to make it serviceable.
Repairability Score
8
Repairability 8 out of 10
(10 is easiest to repair)

12 Comments

Uhg, the HDD reformat is the worst part. Why are we getting so many devices without guides? The video is more for entertainment than help for repair. I'd rather have less teardowns with complete guides. Last of all, why don't we get a Pixel 2 teardown? That's like getting a iPhone 8 plus teardown but no regular teardown. Especially considering the regular model is probably more popular.

George A. - Reply

Hi @pccheese! We’ll have guides eventually, but they take much longer to create than a teardown. You’re right, teardowns are not meant to be used as instructions and are no substitute for a proper guide. As far as Pixel 2, our team is small and we only had the bandwidth for a full teardown on one of the two Pixel phones. The XL was chosen in part because it has gotten more attention, due to the more dramatically updated design. FYI the vanilla Pixel 2’s internals look very, very similar to the original Pixel XL, but with the addition of the same Active Edge strain gauges we saw in the 2 XL.

Jeff Suovanen -

@jeffsu If you have these devices and you are tearing them down internally, perhaps iFixit can take the pictures and the community could write the guides. I have no problem writing the guides- but my photography setup isn't always set up when I'm about to fix something.

A proper step by step teardown is much more helpful for repair then a video. I'm sure people use the teardown all the time for repair on many devices.

George A. -

@jeffsu So what about the guides?

George A. -

Taking pictures is actually quite time-consuming, otherwise I’m sure we’d take you up on that. :) Bear with us a bit, the guidewriting team is down a few people so our pace is definitely not what we’d like it to be in terms of guide production at the moment. We’re working on it!

Jeff Suovanen -

Hello

This teardown is only availablein video or there is a text version, as the other teardowns?

Mariano - Reply

Wheres the reassembly video

Emily Cunningham - Reply

Emily, the reassembly is the reverse to the tear down. Hope this is of some help. Regards.

George -

It’s actually not that hard to format the XB1 HDD now. There is a Windows script available on the net. That script can make the self installed hard drive perform like the factor one by changing the UUID. I tested the script, it’s super easy to use, just pick the standard 1TB or 2TB option, then it will do everything for you.

After that, simply install the new hard drive back into the XB1, and then boot from OSU1 to re-install the OS.

I have a 2TB SSHD formatted by this script, and I tested it on my XB1. Factory reset works, no more error code, it’s just like a factory 2TB SSHD XB1.

Someone claim that even 4TB options works, but I never tested by myself. Not sure how can that work flawlessly without any official 4TB XB1 as reference.

There is no need (in fact, prefer not) to mess around with Linux, self adjust the partition size, create folders / copying files to the system partition…… anymore.

martin.mt.lo - Reply

Will there be a written one soon?

Jack tritanki (tritanki) - Reply

My Xbox X recently broke but the internal HDD is in tact. If I buy a new Xbox X, can I put my original Xbox X internal HDD into the new Xbox X WITHOUT HAVING TO REFORMAT OR HACK IT? Can I just swap them out or is each internal HDD linked to the hardware/console in which it was originally manufactured?

topaznutsack - Reply

I am sorry for hearing that your Xbox X recently broke .There are few people on this website who are in the same situation as yours.It is suggested that you visit www.xbox.com and call for official and professional help there:-)

Richard Ye -

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