How do you hardmod an xbox?

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  1. TherealDarknes
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    i just bought an xbox with a dead hard drive and i know you need to hard mod it to replace the hard drive but how do you go about doing it and where would you buy a modchip?
     
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    I'd say google for Xbox modchips to find a reseller near you.
    Modchips like the Aladdin XT or Duo X3 work fine.
     
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    yeah buy the Aladdin xt. easy to solder in modchip and works perfectly and is quite cheap
     
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    is it safe to buy that on ebay they are 4 dollars there where as mod chip central wants 20 dollars
     
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    I think it is. I think I paid aroun 7 - 8 euro for mine . It should be fine
     
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    the hard drive is busted i have no idea how id find the version number now
     
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    You can't tsop it with a dead hdd.
    You can find out the version number based on the motherboard's layout.
     
  9. koffieleut

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    I didn't saw the "dead hard drive" Part.
     
  10. TherealDarknes
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    can you show me how do find this out it showed up and worked out of the box but the hard drive is chugging at a snails pace it must be very close to dead
     
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    so i guess i have a new question is tsoping easier or would the mod chip be easier?
     
  12. koffieleut

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    A modchip is way easier. Tsopping requires a lot of soldering skills. Aladin mod only needs 4 wires i believe.
     
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    ok thank you i guess i will go with that then
     
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    If the hdd wasn't dead, tsop only needs 2 points to be bridged. But you'd need a specific game and a specific game save to do it.
    Dual tsop is waaaaay harder.
     
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    you cant do a tsop with a dead drive ! for a tsop you need to softmod your xbox first in you case not possible because of the dead hdd ! aladin chip is you only option on ebay or ali 3 euros


    file:///C:/Users/soufi/Desktop/aladin%20xt%20diagram/Aladdin%20XT%20installation%20Guide.pdf
     
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    scroeffie, that's not entirely true. You can tsop it without the softmod. It's just way safer to do it that way. I used to use 007 to tsop right into UIX. But softmod into Evolution X or Unleash X is good for beginners.
     
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    would you guys recommend buying a used 40 pin ide drive? i just plan on fixing this thing up modding it and selling it to someone who wants a modded xbox
     
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    Depends on how used is used. If it's been used longer than 2 or 3 years I'd probably look for other options. You can buy adapters. I personally try to get older ide drives but I'd want to hear it first. You can move the drive back and forth so the reader moves. If it sounds clean I might buy it. If it sounds clicky or clunky I wouldn't. It should sound sort of like a windbreaker rubbing against itself...
     
  19. tech3475

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    May sound stupid but if you know someone with an Xbox which has an identical HDD, you may be able to do a PCB swap on the HDD.

    Not the best solution but it is the only non-modchip/soldering solution I can think of.
     
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    Order an aladdin, make things easier for yourself.
     
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