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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, Cheap Replacement Hard Drive, August 18, 2013
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I purchased this hard drive as a replacement for my Xbox 360S when it's hard drive began showing up as unformatted and wouldn't load the 360 OS properly anymore. I knew ahead of time that this wasn't an official drive from Microsoft, but with the Xbox One coming out soon and the number of games I've been playing on my 360 diminishing, I decided to save a bit of money and choose one of the 3rd party manufactured drives from Amazon.

My experience with the drive has been mixed; first, the drive's casing doesn't fit as smoothly into my 360. It's slightly bigger, so I had to use a bit of pressure to slide it in to the slot. Because of the tight fit, it was also extremely difficult to pull back out of the unit and took quite a bit of force, so much that I think the pull tab doesn't work very well anymore. The original Microsoft drive is able to install and remove without any issues, so this was a bit bothersome. The other issue i've noticed, that I attribute to the hard drive, is that it's performance seems to vary. Some games that i've installed like NBA 2K13 feel like they load slower and stutter on occasion, which leads to some of the announcers voices getting out of sync with the game. I also noticed quite a few stutters and pauses in the Madden 25 demo. I'm unsure if this is a hard drive issue, but I did end up cracking open the case and sliding the bare drive into the 360 and it appears to be running better, so it might have been an issue with the hard drive fitting properly in my system that I mentioned before.

Overall, the drive works, i'm back up and running, but the issues I saw do make me think twice about going cheap here. Others didn't seem to have any issues, so maybe it's just a little bad luck here.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2013 8:10:48 PM PST
Todd M says:
How is the drive functioning now? Any updates?

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 9:03:46 AM PST
YourChagrin says:
Have you used this harddrive to play original Xbox games? I've read that other 3rd party drives do not allow you to play original Xbox games.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 9:05:22 AM PST
Stanley Fu says:
Seems to be stable so far, although i'm having a few odd issues with GTAV where some of the environment isn't loading, or loading really slow. Not sure if it's the hard drive (which honestly does feel like it performs a little slower then my original Microsoft drive) or it could be just the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 9:05:39 AM PST
Stanley Fu says:
Nope, unfortunately I don't have any original Xbox games :(

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 4:28:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2013 4:31:39 PM PST
how did you get your bare drive back out of your system once you put it in there

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 4:59:27 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2014 2:07:50 PM PDT
mike says:
there is a tab on it that says 250gb on it, if it is a tight fit, you might have some problems with pulling it out
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