104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
I bought this to improve a sale priced 4gb 360. I still saved money doing it this way at the time compared to what the 320gb 360 packages were selling for.
The 320gb hard drive came with a code to download LEGO Star Wars and the 250gb does not at the time of this review.
There is a grill door on the side of the 360 where you simply insert the drive, and like magic, your 4gb slim 360 is now a 320gb model that can store games, movies, music, etc. This hard drive works with the newer slim 360's and not the older models I believe.
With this drive, I can now upload the entire contents of the game disc for improved play and performance. To be honest, I cannot really tell the difference. You still need to have the disc inserted to play the game anyway...I wish that was not the case.
I really only bought this so that Battlefield 3 can be played with the high definition graphics, as the standard 4gb on the 360 I have is only flash memory, and won't support that feature without a hard drive.
Overall, it works and it was easy to install.
174 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
The reason this product says 293 GB on the data screen is this.
Sizes go as follows from large to small
Gigabyte, Megabyte, Kilobyte, Bytes
1 GB = 1000 MB
1 MB = 1000 KB
1 KB = 1000 Bytes
But computers can't divide by 1000 because they have to use the binary system. This means they have to divide by 1024 for every division, so here goes the math.
5 GB are taken out of every hard drive for system use.
315 Are now left over
315 GB x 1000 = 315,000 MB
315,000 MB x 1000 = 315,000,000 KB
315,000,000 KB x 1000 = 315,000,000,000 Bytes
Now Let's divide these by 1024 instead of 1000
315,000,000,000 Bytes / 1024 = 307617187.5 KB
307617187.5 KB / 1024 = 300407.40966796875 MB
300407.40966796875 MB / 1024 = 293.366611003875732421875 GB
Rounded to the nearest whole number, 293.366611003875732421875= 293 GB
Hope this review can help some people breathe a little easier
55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2011
I purchased this drive as an upgrade to my previous 250gb slim drive. It IS the official Microsoft 320gb slim hard drive and it comes with a full copy of Lego Star Wars III. Not sure what the previous review about it not being Microsoft was talking about. Not much else to say. More space, works great.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
I bought this for my new Xbox 360 Slim Special Edition (4GB - Skylanders Bundle) and it seems to work pretty well. With Microsoft giving away free games to Xbox Live Gold members and frequent game sales, its pretty much a requirement to get a big hard drive. Keep in mind that this particular unit is for the Xbox 360 S ("Slim model") or the Xbox 360 E only. Its NOT designed for the original Xbox 360 models, so be sure you have the right console before ordering! Also note this is the LARGEST original Microsoft hard drive you can buy. The packaging comes with the hard drive and download codes for Need For Speed - Hot Pursuit, Ms. Splosionman, and Pinball FX 2.
Installation is pretty easy! There's a removable panel on the Xbox 360 Slim which gives you access to the hard drive slot. Just line up the drive, insert it into the slot, and listen for an audible click. If you have an older hard drive, you can transfer the content to this drive with USB memory sticks (32GB and below) or use Microsoft's hard drive transfer cable (both sold separately). IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a console with the 4GB memory unit installed, do yourself a favor and install all system updates before installing this hard drive. If you don't, you will have the 4GB memory show up as "unformatted" every time you start the console. Very annoying!
If I had to do this over again, I would have purchased a non-OEM drive over the Microsoft unit. That's because you can buy a 500GB hard drive (non-OEM) on Amazon for less than $55.00! The only difference besides price is backwards compatibility. If you have the Microsoft drive, you can play a portion of the original Xbox library (see the Xbox website for specific titles). A non-OEM drive doesn't have that ability, unless you make some modifications to it. But, since I own three original Xboxes, I really don't need backwards compatibility on my Xbox 360. Plus, the compatibility is for a limited amount of titles and the game emulation is not perfect. In hindsight, I would prefer having the extra hard drive space of a non-OEM drive than the backwards compatibility of the Microsoft drive. As far as the bundled games are concerned, you could buy a non-OEM hard drive and the games for less money than Microsoft's drive. Anyway, you be the judge!
* Easy installation
* Good performance
* Bundled games
* No OEM drives larger than 320GB
This hard drive retails for about $129, so I would buy a larger non-OEM hard drive and spend the savings on games. This unit gets FOUR STARS, as a result.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
Bought this specifically to install and play Battlefield 3 since my Black 4GB slim wasn't big enough. Shipped next day, installed and I can finally play my game! No problems, nice knowing I have lots of extra space!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
The $120 dollar price tag was almost enough to make me walk away. I'm glad i didn't when i realized the off brand drives are not backwards compatible. This drive also comes with a free game. If you have orignal xbox games then this drive is for you. If not then i would go with a cheaper off brand drive.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2012
It came in very good shape and was very easy to insert and now there is much more space to play games for a longer life of the Xbox.
28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2011
Just recieved in the mail... it may be expensive but its an official MS product... There another guy on here named joseph martin or whatever his name is, claiming its a third party that doesn't work...
I can tell you his review is missleading, bottom line its an official ms product and it works
32 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
I find it extremely hilarious that people are claiming to be computer literate, but complaining that the hard drive only shows 293 gigabytes (GB) after installed. So let's have a lesson. Hard drive manufacturers advertise 1 GB as 1,000,000,000 bytes. All manufacturers do this, and this is correct. Computer operating systems (OS), including the OS running on the Xbox 360, see a GB in terms of binary (2^30 bytes, or 1,073,741,824 bytes). This is also correct.
1,000,000,000 bytes = 1 GB reported by the manufacturer
1,073,741,824 bytes = 1 GB formatted by the OS
The OS sees 320,000,000,000 bytes on the hard drive (the manufacturer didn't lie), and reports it in terms of binary GB. The math is as follows: (320,000,000,000 bytes)/(1,073,741,824 bytes PER OS formatted GB). The result is approximately 298 OS formatted GB. Microsoft has firmware, OS, games, and other info on the hard drive built in, which takes up about 5 GB. This is why the Xbox reports a new drive as 293 GB.
The drive works, and works well. It is a snap to install, and there are no initialization steps to take. It just works. Don't rate something low because you're not intelligent enough to know how operating systems report GB.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
Amazon is my go to place! I don't have to fight the crowds and I just let my fingers do the walking. The return policy is wonderful too! Easy sneezy!