Here I recount my experience upgrading the original factory hard drive of the XBox to a WD Caviar Blue 500 GB Desktop (3.5") drive (WD5000AAKB).
Step 1: Parts / Tools
- A Torx screwdriver
- A Molex hard drive power cable "Y" splitter
- A new hard drive for installation
- A modded XBox
- Chimp XBox Hard Drive cloning software (available at "usual places")
A list of compatible hard drives can be found at the Xbox Hard Drive Compatibility Chart.
Details on soft-modding the Xbox can be found in my previous instructable, Original XBOX Softmodding.
Step 2: Open the Case
Gently remove the top section of the Xbox case from the bottom.
Step 3: Prepare the Hard Drive for Cloning
For my unit this meant placing the jumper on the set of pins second from the right (see photo).
Step 4: Prepare the System for Hot-swap
Remove the molex power cable from the Xbox hard drive and attach the Y-splitter. Plug one of the other ends back into the Xbox hard drive and the other into the new hard drive.
Also loosen the IDE cable from the back of the DVD drive, making sure that it still remains attached.
Finally set the new hard drive into a position where the loosened IDE cable can be plugged in (on top of the DVD drive).
Step 5: Hot-swap the Hard Drive
Go to applications and start up the Chimp hard drive cloning application.
After the program has started, unplug the IDE cable from the DVD drive (gently!) and plug it into the new hard drive.
Step 6: Clone the Hard Drive
Select option 1 in the program, scan IDE devices. The two hard drives should be detected.
Continue two step 2 - clone from master to slave. This step may take quite a while in the case of a large new hard drive.
After the cloning is complete, select option 3, lock slave drive.
When the lock succeeds, exit to shell and power off the system.
Unplug all cables from the 'new' hard drive, plug the IDE cable back into the DVD drive and unplug the molex Y cable.
Step 7: Remove the Hard Drive Bay
Remove the PATA ribbon cable (gray) from the IDE connector at the back of the drive. This may require some adjusting as the connector may be pushed into place quite firmly.
Remove the long screws holding the bay into place and lift it out of place. Note there is one smaller screw under where the PATA cable previously used to run.
The power cable should be pulled out from the bracketing along the side of the bay to allow enough slack for the bay to be removed while the power cable remains plugged in.
Step 8: Remove Old Drive From Bay and Install New
Plug the cable into the new drive and install it into the bay. First line up the screw holes in the drive with those in the bay and then screw into place.
Replace the hard drive bay into the XBox chassis and screw back into place.
Step 9: Reassemble the Case
Step 10: Test & Enjoy!
Should everything have proceeded smoothly, you should have a new large capacity hard drive in your XBox for all your media center needs!
If something went wrong, you may get an error message like the one in the photo. If this is the case, I recommend going back and repeating from Step 3.
In my case the drive was formatted with an 8 GB partition of the original data as well as ~140 GB and ~350 GB partitions.
As with the preceding instructable, I could not have done so without valuable information and walkthroughs from previous online authors, particularly those at afterdawn, xbox-scene and xbox-hq.
Hope the instructable was enjoyable and informative. Let me know what you think in the comments.