Xbox 360 hard drive adapter

xbox 360 hard drive adapter

The official Xbox 360 hard drive connector combines a SATA connector and a power connector into one plug. Even though it is proprietary, some clever hackers have found a really easy way to interface with it. Since it is slot based you can just etch contact pads onto a circuit board and plug it in. The hard drive inside uses standard connectors, but this adapter will keep you from opening the case, voiding your warranty. It will also be much quicker to use daily. You can use Xplorer360 to get full read/write access to the drive. They’re selling the adapter in kit form for $17 and assembled for $20, but the high res pics show how easy this is if you just want to build it yourself.

[via xbox-scene]

Related: Xbox 360 Hacks, Xbox Hacks

Comments

  1. What says:

    that is awesome, i will have to try that when i get mine.

  2. TVarmy says:

    So, would it work in reverse so that you could add a hard drive for under $100 to a core system? 20 gb is tiny, and it is in no way worth $100.

  3. Alex K. says:

    Can this also make your own hard drive function the same as the Xbox 360 hard drive, allowing for gamesaves and all the features that the 20GB XB drive had, and that was left out of the connecting your own USB drives?

    Am I making sense?

  4. Paul says:

    I have to say that’s pretty interesting (for someone who dosn’t have/want a 360)

    Now come out with a hard drive compatability chart, and i’ll go pick up a core system.

  5. CaptSnuffy says:

    I like how microsoft takes normal interfaces and makes them into proprietary shapes. Are they scared that someone might realize the xbox is a computer?

  6. lolersticks says:

    Time to go pick up a PCB etching kit…

    Can you say “free geometry wars”?

  7. Seph965 says:

    wow awesome now just tell me what kind of SATA drives this works with and It may be worth it to buy Xbox360 considering this and all the other hacks already available.

  8. This is for reading the official hard drive using a computer. It will not let you use any hard drive you want with the 360.

  9. Acemilo says:

    You cannot add a new hd to the 360, at least not yet. the 20gb size is hardcoded so even if you added a new drive it would still format it to 20gb afaik. this device is good for transferring game saves from your xbox 1 and maybe some future hacks. all the xbl content downloaded is connected to your system, even the demos so you won’t be able to just copy a downloaded arcade game off your hd onto someone else’s.

  10. my.old.email.sucked@gmail.com says:

    It wont let you use a regular hard drive… yet…

  11. br0 says:

    wow. This is seriously impressive.
    This is exactly the kind of thing I want to see from any kind of homebrew team working on cracking a console. an easy in is the first step for a wide acceptance of homebrew. Congrats. this makes me very happy. :]

  12. br0 says:

    hmmm…. after actually reading the comments… I wonder if you WILL be able to use bigger drives, but only be able to use them in 20 gig partitions.
    This could be pretty interesting.

  13. Cyrix says:

    FREE GEOMETRY WARS CLONE:
    http://www.incitti.com/Blitz/

  14. Alex says:

    Hi, my hardrive came with the full version of hexix, i had to format it and nows its gone, however, the 20GB drive formatted only has 13GB free, what am i missing or is this normal?

  15. pÿ[¤ says:

    my best freind has two 160gb hdds on his 360 in 20gb partitions w/ full xBox1 operating system support. he also has windows mobile installed. i am not a very good liar, am i…

  16. schwall22 says:

    so i’m confused and new to the hacking world, but with this would I be able to say, um save movies from my computer to my harddrive, or emulators, is that what this is for is is it for something else that I am not getting

  17. sheila13 says:

    ok does x-box 360 work with a hard drive????
    And can it be connected with any other hard drives persides x-boxs ones e.g computer ones!

  18. sheila13 says:

    work without a hard drive

  19. Xyanide says:

    so can you use a normal PC hardDrive on your xbox 360 ?
    xyanide@hotmail.co.uk contact via this email ad. thanks

  20. flagart says:

    there is a way to use a computer hdd on an xb360
    but only maxter 120gb and you have to have the firmware from an original xb360 120gb hdd to flash to the maxter much cheaper i believe

  21. flagart says:

    correction bevs120gb hard drive instead of maxter

  22. Tom says:
  23. Vinny says:

    I am a total newbie to this, can some one tell me where I can find the complete instructions to do this. Thanks!!!

  24. me says:

    you all cant keep a post straight, i get absolutly nothing from all this jabber..
    Question Can i install a larger HD in the Original HD Case. SATA i presume, but any special formating? firmware? flash it?? can some one post some good info

  25. me says:

    Oh, and i mean for Game Content… you know, to remove the lousy or broken 20 gb hard drive without paying microcrappy 150 bucks for it
    replace it with a laptop SATA drive..

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