tjrenegade wrote:THIS DRIVE WILL NOT WORK WITH THE NEW XBox 360
I'll agree that this is an awesome price (in for 1!) but actually...
***THE DRIVE WILL WORK FOR 360 AND NEW 360-S***
No, not right out of the box, but if you do what has been mentioned here (remove the drive from the casing and plug in to new 360-S), it WILL work. You don't have to open the 360-S or do anything to void the warranty--the drive slot is accessible from the outside of it, with a clip-on door.
It WORKS because the hard drive is pre-loaded with firmware that only the Xbox 360 and 360-S recognize i.e. it is not for general computing use). The firmware, which basically tells the drive how to work and communicate, is designed only for a specific model of a specific manufacturer's hard drive (Western Digital Blue Scorpio, not sure of 250GB hdd model#). Although it is 'just' a 2.5" SATA drive, it, unlike any other regular 2.5" HDD on the market, has the proper firmware.
Yes, you 'could' do this yourself by buying the EXACT correct model# hdd, then use a pc to replace the hdd's firmware with 360 firmware (have to find it online), then boot it into DOS, and then put your old xbox hard drive's data on it; i.e. if you have 20GB now, it will take up 20GB on the drive, because this drive does not have any of the xbox 360/360-S software on it, so you are adding it...and then it 'should' work for you. Although home-mades and hong-kong specials alike, tend to have issues with using the entire drive (the cheap asian ones see the 250GB as a 120GB drive). And once you've wasted all the time, money, and effort to do all this, you'll realize that it would've been cheaper and easier to just buy this at woot!
This official xbox hdd being woot'd already has the proper firmware and software installed.
MS does some jolly things, but writing entirely new software and firmware for no real gain, is counter-intuitive if you understand computers...or if you just understand business.
The ONLY thing I am not sure of, is if the 360-S Specific Drives (new drives in new systems) are a faster speed than this one (5400rpm)...even if they are, it probably would not be noticeable to you.
I jumped on this b/c you simply WILL NOT FIND THIS CHEAPER, OR EVEN ANYWHERE NEAR THIS PRICE!.