Upgrade your Xbox360 slim HDD

360 Slim HDD Replacement

I recently wrote an article talking about why, or why not to buy the Xbox360 slim, with the 4gig internal flash memory ($199). It is a cheaper alternative to the 250gig slim that will run $299. It especially will be even the wiser investment if you have an old 360 harddrive laying around, and lets face it, most of us do. So you bought the slim, you dusted off an old harddrive...here's what you do.

1. First things first, you need to get the actual disc out of the plastic enclose (the gray plastic, same as the picture above) So you will need a torx screw drive, and a tiny flat head screw driver. Obviously just unscrew the 4 screws, pop off the plastic piece, and the metal casing will be exposed. Now that we have the plastic off, we need unscrew 4 more torx screws that are holding the actual drive, to the thin metal case. Pop them out, remove the adapter wire that plugs into your old xbox360, you wont need it anymore. Then just slide out the harddrive.

2. Now that we have the harddrive taken apart, and you can see the SATA connection port on the side, we need to locate the expansion bay on the console. It is on the side, under a black plastic mesh. It will pop off simply by depressing the little black button. You will notice the big cavity with a SATA port in the back of it. Get a flashlight, and do your best to line the port up with the harddrive. Drop it in, and when you "feel" its in place...push it all the way down. You will know when its correctly in place.

3. Turn on your console, and go to your memory. You will now see the harddrive listed on the memory page with your other devices! Pretty easy huh? Now just put the plastic piece on and enjoy your new space, that you didn't play a hundred extra dollars for. Be careful handeling the consol however, because the harddrive will move around, and slide out if you hold it upside down. What I did on mine was take a piece of cardboard, and fold it in half to make it thicker. Then I just put it on top of the harddrive, and put the black plastic piece over the top of it, to make sure it doesn't move in and out!

I hope this saved some people a few greenbacks!

Comments 2 comments

PaceyPimps 6 years ago

What the biggest size you can install will it accept 10k or 7200 rpm

SlimPickings 5 years ago

@PaceyPimps the drives it supports are very specific in short 7200rpm

- WD Scorpio Series BEVS/BEAS

- WD Scorpio Blue Series BEVS/BEVT/BPVT

- WD Scorpio Black Series BEKT/BJKT

- WD VelociRaptor Series

- WD AV-25 Series BUDT

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