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xbox hard drive advice

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by drphibes, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. drphibes

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    Hi

    I have had my smartxx v2 chipped xbox for a few weeks and im loving it :D .
    Now I am thinking of perhaps upgrading the hard drive so I need a spot of advice.

    To start with is it a relatively easy job to change the drives and is there a size limit on what you can install e.g 120 gig etc ?.

    I would also need some of those torx screwdrivers so would need to know the size's i would require and where I could buy them from.

    Looking to get a drive this afternoon so if anyone could reply quickly I would appreciate it.

    Thanks

    Drphibes
     
  2. H4r7y

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    i would say that sticking to a drive less than 120gb is a good idea, as the bigger ones do run into problems with bios' etc.
    some dont even find the bigger drives until youve updated it.
    and 120gb is more than enough :)
    and its pretty simple job really, have you got the slayers install disc? it makes the process so much easier
     
  3. drphibes

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    Hi

    I remembered that I had a Western Digital 80 gig drive doing nothing , so I attempted to install this into my xbox.
    For some wierd reason the 80 giger refuses to power up properly , you can just hear a faint noise as if the drive does want to power up but something is stopping it.

    Fearing that my xbox might not support a bigger drive for some reason , I whipped my Seagate 160 gig drive out of my pc just to see if this would do the same.
    Thankfully the Seagate powered up fine.

    So I guess I will have to buy a new drive after all , therefore any suggestions on a make and model number ? , I think I will stick to 120 gig as suggested above.

    Drphibes

    ps the Western Digital 80 gig works fine in my pc :confused:
     
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    make sure the HDD is set to slave (IIRC :rotfl: ). Apologies if you've already tried this
    Steve
     
  5. H4r7y

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    maxtor seem to be highly regarded in the xbox scene.
    and although maybe a bit harder to find but try getting a 5400rpm drive as opposed to the 7200rpm drives as the slower ones run cooler. but it has been known for the faster drives to work too, so i guess it doesnt really matter that much.
     
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    I'm just about to put in a 120gig into my xbox tomorrow. I think I read that it works even better using an 80pin cable so I'll try that as well. Will post on here how I get on if anyone is interested?
     
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    hmm, im interested as i thought the cable already in the xbox would have been good enough.
    whats the differences?
    :)
     
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    Same difference it would make in a normal PC. 80pin cables allow the hard drive to communicate with the ide controller faster.
     
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    120 GB Maxtor in mine @ 7200 rpm. I used the IDE cable in the xbox no problems :thumbsup:
    Temps 30~37*C according to sensors :smashin:
    Good luck!
    Steve
     
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    Another drive to consider (which I've now used in the XBox, PS2 and TiVo) is a Samsung Spinpoint.

    They're 7200rpm drives, but they have an acoustic mode, which when set to quiet, are *really* quiet. Of course, they run a bit slower then, but nothing you'd notice in your console.

    You have to set them up using a dos-based util from your PC initially, but after that there's nothing else required. They run nice and cool, and seem to work in everything I use them for.

    No scientific data to hand, just all IMHO.

    HTH,

    Michael.
     
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    :thumbsdow Should be Cable Select.

    Also get hold of HDevox which you can make into a cd and it will do all the formatting for you and dashboard. just take a look at the evox.ini so you know what IP address to FTP to.
     
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    Well I've just put a Seagate 120gig drive in my xbox. Worked first time. Restoring it was easy as well, just format the partitions then ftp in using evox off a boot cd and copy everything back. So much quicker and quieter than the standard xbox hdd as well.
     
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    Hi

    I ended up buying a Maxtor 160 gig 7200 rpm hard drive.
    Popped it into the Xbox and got it up and running with the Slayer 2.6 program.
    Works great and does not have any issues with heat etc.

    Drphibes
     

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