Xbox Mechanics: Tips on How to Install a New Hard Drive If you’re wondering why you’d wish to install a new hard drive in your Xbox 360, here’s something to consider. Imagine increasing the normal 8 to 10GB hard disk drive of your Xbox 360 with something more substantial like a 120GB hard disk drive, or one that would allow you to save multiple games. That’s wonderful, isn’t it? And that’s what you’ll get once you purchase and install a new hard drive in your Xbox 360. Step One – Saving Files Before installing a new hard drive to your Xbox 360, it’s important that you save what needs saving first. Start with the critical settings of your Xbox: this is what makes your unit operate normally. Use an alternate dashboard like the EvolutionX to save your system’s setup. Secondly, copy drives C and E to your desktop’s hard disk. Step Two – Creating a New Boot CD You will use your alternate dashboard in upgrading your Xbox 360 and in order to install a new hard disk drive to your gaming unit. More detailed information about this particular step can be found on the websites of EvolutionX and other alternate dashboards for the Xbox 360. As long as you follow instructions carefully and completely, you won’t encounter any problem at all in this step. Make sure that you copy and burn the newly created data on a CD format which your Xbox will be able to read. Step Three – Replacing the Hard Disk Drive Open your gaming unit and replace the hard disk drive with the one you’ve purchased. Check first if your new disk drive is preset to “cable- select”. Secondly, make sure that the necessary wires are connected properly. Keep your old hard disk drive in a dry and secure place for backup purposes. Step Four – Installing the CD and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) It’s time to install the CD that you’ve created in Step 2. If things don’t pan out as they should, this may mean that you used an incompatible CD format or the wrong data for rebooting. Go back to Step Two once more and recheck everything. Step Five – Transfer C and E If Step 4 proceeds smoothly, just click the necessary button to let the installation of the new drive to commence. Afterwards, re-upload drives C: and E: which you saved previously on your desktop’s hard disk drive. Lastly, make the necessary changes to allow your Xbox 360 to accept your newly uploaded drive C: and if nothing goes wrong then you’ve succeeded installing your new disk drive. Save away!
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