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A good substitute... If you go in with eyes open.
on December 31, 2014
Instead of a full review I'll just answer some basic questions people might have about this item:
►No, it's not an official hard drive from Microsoft.
►Yes, it still works just fine for Xbox 360 games.
►Yes, it fits in the Xbox 360 Slim without any problems.
►No, it does not allow you to play backwards-compatible original Xbox games as shipped. It required me to use software to install Partition 2, after which it worked fine for backwards compatibility. The way to do this is outlined in other reviews, and you can learn more by checking online videos and doing a web search for instructions. If you never plan to play old Xbox games, then you don't need to do this. It plays all regular Xbox 360 games right out of the box.
►Yes, it ships in a nice (knock-off) retail box, but it's not the original Xbox 360 hard drive retail packaging.
►No, I noticed no difference in speed from my OEM Xbox 360 hard drive (250GB) as compared to this one.
►Yes, it's really great to have twice as much space as I had before for all those Games With Gold I'm downloading.
►No, it doesn't come with any kind of transfer cable. I had to back up all my game saves to a USB flash drive (or the cloud) and then re-download all my games and apps before transferring everything back from the USB flash drive (or cloud). It was a long process, but worth it in my opinion. If you opt to go this way, and you have a lot of games to download, I suggest you check with your Internet provider to see if they have bandwidth caps. Mine doesn't, so it was no big deal. Others (coughcomcastcough) will freak out if you do 200 GB of game and app downloads over the course of a couple days, and the terms of service for these LOVELY companies say they can terminate your service if you go over your bandwidth cap, so BE AWARE before going on a game-downloading marathon if you're on one of those service providers.
FINAL SCORE: Four Stars. Excellent, but hindered by the fact that Docooler is NOT installing Partition 2 on these hard drives, which will cause problems for anyone trying to play games for the Original Xbox (like Halo 1, Jade Empire, etc.), whether on disc or purchased from Xbox Live Marketplace. If they're going to mass-produce these things and sell them, they should take the extra step to make sure they're truly identical to the real McCoy. While they have 90% of the functionality of the real thing, they still fall short and FAIL TO MENTION THIS SHORTCOMING in their descriptions... So they lose a star.
Personally, being a technically-minded person, I'm happy I got mine. For the average non-techy person these drives might save some money and be worth it if they don't plan to use the Xbox 360's backwards compatibility feature. Use your best judgment and realize that there is a small trade-off for the significant savings.
That said, I hope companies like this keep selling these drives, because it gives hope that Microsoft will be forced to continue to lower their prices on their unreasonably-expensive, unnecessarily proprietary hard drives.