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This guide is inspired by the existing guide on iFxit. This is an attempt to improve the procedure.

ATTENTION: Technically the Xbox Live ToS prohibit this, but the Xbox Live enforcement team typically doesn't care about the hard drive modification. However, you may still be banned from Xbox Live. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

WARNING: THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY if you have one on the drive you purchased!

If you have a low capacity hard drive and want to upgrade it or need the hard drive for a S/E console, this guide will show you how to take the fat 360 hard drive apart for the hard drive. Taking the drive apart isn't difficult, but it requires access to Torx T6 and T10 screwdrivers.

Once the enclosure is open, any compatible drive can be installed. There may be compatibility limitations to deal with, so buy the correct drive or it may not work.

Guide notes

  • Try not to destroy the enclosure if you do not need it. These can be sold to recoup some of your costs.
  • Any known compatible drive can be installed. Some drives do not work, so bear this in mind when purchasing a drive.

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  1. Buy the drive at a cost you can afford to eat. This will void any warranties offered. Remove the 3 screws from the bottom of the drive. Use a T6 Torx driver. Remove the warranty seal and final screw. Use a T6 Torx driver.
    • Buy the drive at a cost you can afford to eat. This will void any warranties offered.

    • Remove the 3 screws from the bottom of the drive. Use a T6 Torx driver.

    • Remove the warranty seal and final screw. Use a T6 Torx driver.

  2. If the drive is difficult to open, a screwdriver or pry tool can help.
    • If the drive is difficult to open, a screwdriver or pry tool can help.

  3. If you are taking the enclosure apart for the bare drive, less caution is needed. After removing the 4 bottom screws, remove the top cover. Remove the spring and locking tab before removing the drive cage. Remove the drive cage from the drive enclosure. If the drive has never been opened, additonal force may be required.
    • If you are taking the enclosure apart for the bare drive, less caution is needed.

    • After removing the 4 bottom screws, remove the top cover. Remove the spring and locking tab before removing the drive cage.

    • Remove the drive cage from the drive enclosure. If the drive has never been opened, additonal force may be required.

  4. Remove the four T10 Torx screws securing the hard drive. After removing the screws, slide the top cover off and disconnect the drive. Disconnect the hard drive and remove it from the enclosure.
    • Remove the four T10 Torx screws securing the hard drive.

    • After removing the screws, slide the top cover off and disconnect the drive.

    • Disconnect the hard drive and remove it from the enclosure.

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