Changing xbox 360 hard drive

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by shanefromoz, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. shanefromoz

    shanefromoz GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 18, 2007
    Hi all,

    I have a xbox 360 which has been jailtagged and would like to change my hard drive from 120 gb to something bigger.
    Is this easy to do and can i transfer info from old to new.
    Also what is the largest size i can put and will it take a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm?

  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Largest size..... some of the larger laptop sata drives are slightly taller than standard laptop sata drives (12mm as opposed to 9.5mm) so you might have to cut away some of the cases. No data size limits that I know of (some might arise at some point but not with current tech).

    7200rpm should work fine - usual warning about keeping an eye on the heat.

    If you are especially bored or solder happy you can wire a normal desktop drive if you can find a way to get 12V to the drive (laptop sata does not have 12V)- most people do some variation on the 12V fan mod.

    xplorer360 among other programs will allow you to rip things from drive to drive, I am not sure about doing it hot (having two drives wired to each system and going across them without a normal drive in the middle) from a software side of things. There are other programs that do whole drives and imaging of 360 drives but I am not sure how they function if you are adjusting partition sizes as you will be if you update drives. If you can copy files from a hard drive to a USB drive you can transfer the files, the hard drives do not even have "security torx" screws (just regular torx).

    Finally I do like big hard drives in my hacked machines but I would instead suggest you consider a USB drive- between XBLA, DLC and the odd GOD install 120 gigs should be more than enough for most purposes and the USB drive can see you doing the many many games routine.
  3. hundshamer

    hundshamer GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Blacklisted Trader
    May 22, 2009
    United States
    Check out my mod. I conneted a Sata to eSata adpter inside it and connected a 2TB HDD via eSata.