How To Connect Your Xbox 360 Hard Drive To Your PC

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connect xbox hard drive to pcDid you ever need to connect your Xbox 360 hard drive to your PC? Whether you wanted to make a back-up of your files or decided to use the storage, it probably didn’t prove as easy as you thought.

Microsoft uses a special connector to attach the hard drive to the Xbox 360, and you won’t be able to connect it to your PC. At least not right away, because inside that shiny plastic and metal shell, there’s a small hard drive like any other.

Today we’re going to show you how to open up your Xbox 360 hard drive and connect it to your PC, in this step by step, illustrated guide.

Opening Up Your Xbox 360 Hard Drive

To pull this off, you’re going to need

  • an Xbox 360 with hard drive (obviously)
  • a Windows-enabled PC with at least one S-ATA port
  • two special screwdrivers; a TORX T-6 and TORX T-10. These are somewhat different from your usual Philips screwdriver, so you might have to head to the hardware store for them. Without them, you’ll have a hard time reaching the hard drive and might even damage it beyond repair. Caution is strongly advised.

Since you’re working with sensitive electronics, you might want to wear an anti-static wrist strap or surface. Otherwise, by carrying over static electricity, you might short some of the components.

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First thing we’ll need to do is open up the protective shell that envelops your Xbox 360 hard drive. Pull it out of your Xbox by pressing the button at the bottom. Turn it upside down, and remove the Microsoft seal.

Be aware that this voids all and any warranty that you have left on your Xbox 360’s hard drive. If it breaks after the procedure, you’ll have to buy a new one.

Don’t worry too much though, the warranty on your Xbox 360 system will remain intact nonetheless.

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You’ll notice that there are four visible screws at the bottom, one of which was hidden under the seal. You can remove these with the TORX T-6 screwdriver. After that, the top side should part pretty easily. Don’t pull too hard, just start at the rounded side and pull it open slowly. The square part should give away too, in the end.

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To your great horror, you’ll discover four more TORX screws. You can use the T-10 this time. After you’ve removed them, pull away the thin metal cover. Abracadabra. Below you’ll find a 2.5″ hard drive.

connect xbox hard drive to computer

After you unplug the cable and try to take it out of its shell, you’ll notice that it only slides until it hits a little plastic button at the far side. To get it out, gently lift up the metal casing, and keep it high while you slide out your hard drive. If you can’t unplug the cable, start sliding the hard drive out first, and gently push the cable out of its socket once you’ve got enough room.

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Voila, there you have it. Did you ever imagine your Xbox 360 hard drive would be so… ordinary?

Connecting Your Xbox 360 Hard Drive to Your PC

The Xbox 360 hard drive is a simple 2.5″ S-ATA hard drive, so you would connect it like you would a regular one. Most computers open pretty easily, and you can take the side away with only two screws. You’ll need to attach both a S-ATA cable from your computer’s motherboard to your hard drive, as well as a S-ATA power cable from your computer’s power supply. Both are depicted below.

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Alternatively, you can find S-ATA to USB adapters online for ten to twenty bucks. It’ll spare you a lot of trouble, and is safer if you don’t like opening up your computer.

To view the files on your disk, or to make a full back-up, you’ll need to download Xplorer360. It’s an entirely free and easy to use tool. With Xplorer360, you can read and write to Xbox 360 hard drives. By going to Drive -> Backup Image, you can already make a full back-up. Have fun!

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I hope you’ve learned something from this tutorial. If you’ve got any other questions, don’t be afraid to ask, there’s a comments section below!

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Comments (19)
  • killer

    lol dumb asses use a heat gun on the sticker so u don’t break the seal open it an do whatever the hell u want to it put it back together an slap the lame sticker back on

  • tommy

    just looking for a bit of help, i know you can link the hard drive to the comp via the data transfer cable that you can get with the 120gb hard drives and ive got Xplorer360 its just my computer dosent recognise it and i cant figure out how to get it to work if u can help my email is ttmonks3@hotmail.co.uk

  • HS

    Is there any way to use an old laptop hard drive as an 360 hard drive? thanks!

    • PD

      Hi HS

      Did you ever find out if you can use an old laptop hard drive as a 360 hard drive? And if yes, can you please share how to do it with me.
      Many thanks
      PD

  • Chris dickinson

    Thats great if i want to transfer music files and stuff, and when the warranty in it runs our (in about 2 months) i may try this. After using my data migration kit to back everything up, of course.

  • LM

    Why buy an XBox and pull it apart to plug the bleeding hard drive into you PC. Why? WTF is that?

    • DM

      Perfect reason for you LM. I have to return my XBOX 360 to Costco because it has some problems and they have a lifetime warranty on the ones they sell. I have to save the data before I return it so it will not be lost, the only problem is that I do not want to void said warranty so this will not work. Great ideal on transferring though!

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