Easiest way to install larger hdd in softmodded xbox

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  1. jamespoo
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    anybody know an easy way to replace the hdd in my xbox with a larger one
     
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    Chimp.

    Boot up your xbox, disconnect the IDE from the DVD and connect it to a IDE HDD (or SATA with IDE adapter)
    Boot Chimp and let it clone the drive byte by byte.

    Best thing to do is to only clone C and E (FTP over the F and G drive to your pc if you have them)
     
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    So you do it while console is on? I can use hdd from my PC? I do have one spare 80 GB, I think it is ata or so.
     
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    Yes.
    It must be a IDE one (the one with the large 40 pin connector) or a SATA one with an IDE adapter.

    The swapping of the DVD to HDD occurs in the dashboard before you boot Chimp.
     
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    If its a version below 1.6 you can TSOP flash it.

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    The Replacement drive must be set to slave.

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    It's easier and more noob proof to just use Chimp for it.
     
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    If the TSOP flashes it it would not be a problem.
     
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    It's rare to come across a drive that can't be locked.
    I've had numerous HDDs installed for people, some of some really obscure brands and they all locked.
     
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    thanks for the help guys i will checkout Boot Chimp and does anybody know how much a cheap sata to ide adapter would cost would be better i think to install my 320gb hdd in the xbox rather then my 80gb
     
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    Just get a 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Blue IDE HDD, Best IDE Hard drive, I've ever owned, It's nice and fast and I use it in my Xbox.
     
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    i live in new zealand its really hard to find a ide hdd and shipping cost are way to high to get one shipped from overseas
     
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    There's an IDE cable inside the old XBox.
    The stock one suffices.
     
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    ATA/133 ATA/66(Old cable)
     
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    80 wire cables work exactly the same as 40 wire cables.
    The only difference is that they alternate between dummy wires (not connected) and connected wires)
    It literally has no impact on operations.
     
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    They are ground wires and they reduce the interference caused by SATA to IDE converters, they also slightly increase HDD speed. ( talking a second or two here )
     
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    I've had multiple Xboxes running 40 wire cables on SATA drives.
    Still work fine.
     
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    Some adapters don't work with 40 wire cables.