Xbox 360 Slim’s Hard Drive is Replaceable but with a Catch

For people who will be getting the Xbox 360 Slim this week, there’s one thing that you need to know in regards to the hard drive that is equipped on the system.

We already know that the hard drive from older models aren’t completely compatible on the new Slim unit. However, the 250GB hard drive that is included in the unit can be taken out and be replaced. No this is not like the PlayStation 3 where you can just purchase a low brand laptop hard drive and put it in, instead, Microsoft is doing what they’re good at and forcing consumers to buy an Official Hard Drive.

There is no announcement at all on the hard drive that can be used on the Slim ones. I know that it’s coming since you can take out the hard drive on the Slim unit and replace it with another. The only question is, when and how much?

In a recent conversation with the Xbox Support Team, they said that the Xbox 360 Hard Drive equipped on the Xbox 360 Slim can be replaced with a generic hard drive, HOWEVER, you will need to break the case so that it fit in the enclosure. The support representative didn’t necessarily approve of it, BUT, it’s possible. He suggested to just wait for Microsoft to announce an official hard drive to avoid breaking the warranty.

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44 Comments

  1. Dennis Rodmanson
    June 18, 2010, 1:19 AM

    Opening that case that holds the 360 HDD would be key, then it’s all about changing the HDD or like with the now old 360 HDD’s just go ahead and flash your own WD BEVS unit and put it in the case.

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  2. Xapone1
    June 18, 2010, 2:31 AM

    Is it really hard to do wat Sony did and make the hdd open to any 2.5 hdd? This is y msoft is garbage always goin after a penny!

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  3. GameLuver
    June 18, 2010, 11:59 AM

    This is BS. I think everyone knows that opening the case of an Xbox 360 voids the warranty. Duh!

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  4. LordCancer
    June 19, 2010, 5:57 AM

    a “low brand” hdd? whats that like a fujitsu?

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  5. Aidan McGoff
    June 19, 2010, 5:36 PM

    I got one, all you need to do is have the transfer cable, put it in the front USB port and connect your old hard drive and it will say transfer detected and you click to console not from and then it transfers, and BTW the slim was very worth it.

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  6. PX54
    June 28, 2010, 9:37 AM

    Typical Microsoft making it seem like it’s better but really just making more things for them to sell. Giving the illusion that they’re cheap, whereas people who own 360′s have probably spent much more money on them than they would have had they bought a PS3.

    McGoff – they’re not talking about transfering data, they talking about replacing the 250GB HDD in the Slim with a larger one. Oh and how was the slim worth it? – how is paying another $299.99 for something that you’ve already got, worth it?

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  7. 8675309
    June 29, 2010, 11:20 AM

    fujitsu was a good brand during the win. 98 days still have a working drive from that erea. said thing is they dont make big cap. laptop drives

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  8. lorenzo
    July 15, 2010, 9:06 AM

    i have two slims. one makes no noise at all, like an ipad.
    one the fan makes a whisper sound and you can feel a slight vibration when the hd spins. did any of the units ship with solid state drives.

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  9. Snyper5527
    July 21, 2010, 11:43 AM

    I actually sold my old 360 pro that I stopped using once i got my Elite, which I also sold, over all I spent around 40$ for my 360 Slim. I personally feel it was VERY worth it. The built in WiFi, slightly more powerful CPU, quiet, and the 250GB HDD. I really think it was worth it.

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  10. Matthew
    August 1, 2010, 6:13 PM

    I just wanna know if I could get the case open and put a 500 GB 7200 RPM drive in…load times might be faster then off hdd than the 5400 rpm drive it comes with. That and it’d be nice to install ALL my games just for the heck of it.
    Anyone tried actually replacing with a larger drive yet?

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  11. Daren
    August 12, 2010, 5:37 PM

    I find it hard to believe that there’s not a single 100% confirmed report stating that a hacked non-official 2.5″ drive will work in the slim or not. But I’ve looked all over the place and am unable to find a single confirmation coming from someone who has actually done it. No compatible drive list, no video, notta. I don’t understand.

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  12. Ianzweb
    August 14, 2010, 3:19 PM

    I want to know if there is an adaptor to hook the new 360 hard drive upto the old one as i have 2 360s so when my partner is wanting to watch tv i just take my hard drive upstairs

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  13. godowner
    August 17, 2010, 4:52 AM

    u can use ur old hard drive on the new xbox 360 slim…. if u havent tried it dont hurt ur self. something isnt for little kids to mess with.

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  14. DA
    August 18, 2010, 12:38 AM

    Seems like the old HD is usable as long as you just leave it hooked up with the transfer cable.

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  15. das
    September 1, 2010, 2:08 AM

    i don’t want to spend the extra $100 for the 250gb but would rather get the 4gb because i’m done paying extra money for microsoft, i was wondering if anybody knew if you could just buy a $20 usb drive to plug in to the xbox to download my games/ demos onto it. thanks.

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  16. das
    September 1, 2010, 2:10 AM

    ^ and i mean using the usb drive to replace the small 4gb xbox hard drive

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  17. Jajamilo
    September 4, 2010, 3:23 PM

    Just buy a 1tb hard drive and plug into the USB.

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  18. Richard
    September 6, 2010, 6:44 AM

    Xbox 360S only supports upto 16gb flash x 2.

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  19. Josh
    September 9, 2010, 5:03 PM

    So I can plug in a 8gb USB stick and save games and put DLC on it right?
    I have the 4gb slim and heard about people getting the error:
    “Saving content is only for Xbox 360s with hard drives”
    when playing halo 3/ODST

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  20. pat
    September 18, 2010, 3:50 AM

    you can use a usb drive/stick to save mp3′s, pics, game saves and films not downloaded on xbox but you can’t use it for zune/xbox market place downloads

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  21. Capt
    September 29, 2010, 7:41 PM

    I’m using a 16gb flash to store my xbox market place downloads with no problems. It’s only an issue if you use larger than 16gb flash drive

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  22. Jim H.
    October 21, 2010, 9:38 PM

    You CAN remove your existing XBOX 360 HDD from it’s case and install it in the new XBOX 360 Slim. To do it properly you should purchase an aftermarket XBOX Slim HDD enclosure but it’s not required. Save $100, buy the 4GB unit and upgrade it. Enjoy!!!

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  23. Sulferous Death
    October 29, 2010, 4:17 AM

    I recently got the 4gb xbox slim, and was severely disappointed at how little space I have( and after dropping nearly $500 at GameStop damn scammers), I would call it nothing to go buy the internal hard drive, but the fuckin thing is almost another $150. Needless to say Ive royally screwed myself into paying an extra 5% by getting this IHD and am very pissed off I cant even play online firefight, campaign, Local gamer files and theater in Halo: Reach, and that is just one of the very few games that require gig space. Thanks alot Microsoft You dirty rat fucks.

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  24. Jim
    October 31, 2010, 5:21 PM

    Looks like someone didn’t like my post and deleted it! Probably because the information was useful!

    Webmaster, Are you on Microsoft’s payroll or what?

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  25. iamme
    November 1, 2010, 11:24 PM

    Just buy an external harddrive and plug it into the usb port

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  26. wodka
    November 8, 2010, 11:15 AM

    I cant believe they wont just let you buy a normal 2.5 and just upgrade whichever you get like sony did.
    Ok microsoft is allready rich as fuck, propably in the 50 billion or so im not sure never did research, but they have to charge people for extra space to utilize? i mean you can get a slim with 4gb but that is just rubbish and they are still in stock where as the 250 gb version is clean out of stock in my area in all towns and cities for like 50 miles atleast. so why exactly cant we just buy a good hdd and a 4gb system and get a slight bargain?

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  27. Eric
    November 13, 2010, 6:18 PM

    I hear lots of WHY WHY WHY and no I tried this or that. Maybe if you just tried you’d find its as simple as making toast. LOL could explain no talk or videos. I haven’t seen a video on how to turn my xbox on yet. So I guess they leave the easy stuff up to you to find out for yourself.

    Try first then ask why. Though if you burn your toast don’t complain. You’ll be all the smarter for it!

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  28. gil
    November 17, 2010, 2:59 PM

    i sell harddrives for $75 just let me know at gil.ruiz27@yahoo.com i accept paypal and i sell through ebay just let me know

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  29. Helper
    December 13, 2010, 9:51 PM
  30. Your Mum
    December 18, 2010, 8:17 PM

    “No this is not like the PlayStation 3 where you can just purchase a low brand laptop hard drive and put it in, instead, Microsoft is doing what they’re good at and forcing consumers to buy an Official Hard Drive.”

    At least the PS3 is being more user-friendly, its the persons choice whether they should buy a cheap hard drive or not, unlike forcing customers to buy a so-called “Official Hard Drive” which is more costly than buying the same capacity with lower price and extended warranty.

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  31. Eric
    December 19, 2010, 11:26 AM

    Deal Extreme has the cases here: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.47904

    I as going to hack one myself, but less hassle (250GB w/ case) here:
    https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/XBSLIM-250GB/ (Same store as Amazon, but cheaper directly.)

    Does anyone know if you can do bigger than 250GB?

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  32. Phegasus
    December 20, 2010, 8:17 AM

    God you are such whiny fucks. The xbox is a product, you are not required to buy it. Also, as consumers you should understand what your buying first. Instead of buying first then moaning about it.

    The option to buy the 4GB was roughly 50 euro/65 dollars less than the 250GB. I bought the 250GB cos im not a retard who has never seen how big savegames/dlc/etc can be.

    As your all here on a page discussing how to tamper previous hard drives to put in the new console I imagine you are moderately tech savvy. Which means you have no excuse you stupid fucks.

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  33. Erich
    December 23, 2010, 3:52 PM

    My family wants to get the kinect, and I can’t imagine why. I chose PS3 a few years ago, and I am very happy with it. I got the 60gb backwards compatible version and upgraded the HDD to 320gb for $80 at best buy. I really don’t care if they my family buys the kinect, since it’s not my money that will be donated to the Microsoft regime. Greed, the American way.

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  34. james
    December 30, 2010, 2:30 PM

    Well now, I just removed my harddrive from my old xbox 360 system from its holder and slipped it into my new 4gig system’s hd slot and it worked just fine.

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  35. mushhh94
    January 4, 2011, 3:32 PM

    stickk to the sega!!

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  36. mushhh94
    January 4, 2011, 3:33 PM

    stick to the sega !

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  37. Quick
    January 5, 2011, 9:08 PM

    You can just disassemble your old Xbox Hard drive and stick the it right into the Sata port of the new one. It’s really easy, and you don’t have to mess with a transfer cable or anything like that.

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  38. Samual
    January 30, 2011, 2:58 AM

    Got this hard drive from Buy.com, cost $60.00 , see the link: http://www.buy.com/prod/250gb-hard-drive-for-xbox-360-slim/q/loc/108/219367441.html
    Two day delivery time was outstanding! like to purchase from buy.com again

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  39. kitanashia
    January 30, 2011, 5:57 AM

    as far as I know if you can get the files the 360 uses to confirm the drive you can use any 2.5 SATA drive in the 360…I’ll be confirming this as soon as I get a slim

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  40. Ryan
    February 4, 2011, 4:02 AM

    OK for all of you who do not know.

    1.) Xbox units will not recognize a USB drive ( flash or external ) larger than 16 gigs. Tested and Proven.
    2.) Xbox units will not recognize a Sata drive that does not have their firmware loaded on them.
    3.) Xbox will not recognize a Pirated drive ( flashed ) more than 250 gigs.

    I have PERSONALLY tested or first hand watched others test these things and verified they are correct. I purchased a 4 gig ONLY because it was the only one on the shelf at the time. I know you can purchase / flash after market drives , but I would rather spend the $150 and just get the MS one and not worry about :

    1.) Getting ripped off purchasing online
    2.) Have to wait weeks and hope it works
    3.) Have the MB not recognize the drive and get banned from Live.

    You can take whatever you want from this but these are the facts I have verified.

    Ryan
    Rsivley@hotmail.com

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  41. d4rkcell
    February 8, 2011, 5:09 PM

    I just got hold of a 60gb drive from a console a family member of mine had but it rrod’d. I bought an aftermarket hard drive case for the 360 slim, took the drive out of the old style case and put it in the new aftermarket case which cost me around £8 GBP and it all works fine. I can’t see why microsoft would see this as a problem or ban you. Finally, Phegasus your post is vulgar and really stupid. I mean no disrespect to Americans by saying this but you sound like an American…. maybe one from the east coast? New York. Learn to have some respect for your fellow man. Good luck everyone!

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  42. TWAX
    February 12, 2011, 8:50 PM

    An old Xbox 360 hdd (same drive as new 360 s, just different housing unit) is a recognized official MS hdd and is acceptable, just requires a more tech savvy install (not much more.)

    A 3rd party hdd is not a recognized official MS hdd and can potentially get you banned (no official answer on this yet.)

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  43. John
    May 9, 2012, 5:17 PM

    As for everyone saying that the Xbox will not support any external flash drive over 16gb, that isn’t correct. I have a 32gb Sandisk flash drive that works just fine on my Xbox. I bought 2 32gb sandisk drives for around 40 bucks, and just use both of them for DLC as I have alot.

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  44. Sam
    July 19, 2012, 6:46 PM

    If you do some google searches, there is a way to get the proper firmware on a non-Microsoft drive and have it work in the new 360 Slims.

    The Catch:

    It MUST be a Western Digital Scopio drive
    Only sizes that already exist for Xbox are supported (20, 60, 120, 250, 320 GB)

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