Updating the ide drive

This instructable details the installation of a larger hard drive into a soft-modded original XBox.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).In almost any scenario when you can use SATA, you’ll want to.

Installing a disk is one of the easier upgrades you can perform, but it’s not without its headaches.

In this edition of Hardware Upgrade, we’ll try and quickly squash as many common problems that we can.

If you’re currently having trouble with a hard drive installation, or have solved problems in the past, tell us about them in the comments, so that other readers can share your experience as well.

And if you missed the first part of this two part article, you might want to check it out before reading this one.

For this instructable the following parts and tools are required: - 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. Gently remove the top section of the Xbox case from the bottom.As we discussed in part one, your drive will likely be one of two basic types: a IDE (also known as PATA) drive, or a SATA drive.If you’re upgrading a particularly old system, your machine might have issues with SATA drives—issues that can’t be resolved.You're planning to change your PC hard drives, so you just unplug the old ones, plug in the new ones, and off you go, right?Wrong: there's many a slip, and this month we aim to help you avoid all of them.This is necessary as the DVD drive must hooked up in order for the system to boot.

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