We'll file the hacksaw under "last resort."
March 19, 2012 2:10 PM Subscribe
Is there a trick to opening one of the new Xbox 360 hard drives without damaging the actual HDD?
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to technology (4 answers total)
I recently bought a 320GB hard drive, of the type that only works with a new, slim console, despite having the old-style white system. I figured that since I'm a reasonably handy person and the actual drives are the same for the two systems, just with different enclosures, I could open up the black plastic box housing the drive and pop it into the enclosure for my old 60-gig HDD. Opening the old drive is simple – all you need is the right screwdriver, and there are abundant tutorials on the Internet. But the black box is proving tougher to crack. There are no screws to undo, just a single thin seam that runs along the perimeter of the box, held closed with plastic tabs that live on the inside of the enclosure, making them basically invisible to me.
A tutorial video on Youtube
shows someone undoing the tabs with his fingernails, but that's a knock-off enclosure, not the first-party product, and the original doesn't respond to that mode of attack. My next strategy would be to try and use a small flathead screwdriver, but I'm afraid that applying the necessary force will lead to a drive-gouging accident. Is there a simple, or at least less dangerous to the hardware, way to make the transplant that you know of and I don't? Maybe a map of the tabs so I know where to push?