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3.0 out of 5 stars Spring for a hard drive!, November 19, 2010
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This review is from: Xbox 360 4GB Console (Video Game)
Don't make the same mistake I did -- the 4 GB version may seem like a good deal if you don't think you'll need a lot of space, but what they don't tell you is that some features REQUIRE an actual hard drive. You might think that a gig is a gig and it shouldn't make any difference whether it's on a disk or flash memory, but to the Xbox, they are not equivalent.

This means that unless you buy a hard drive (and it has to be one of the new 250 GB hard drives because the old ones are not compatible), you get no backwards compatibility with Xbox games, and some 360 games will arbitrarily block you from some features such as playing online or even installing updates or DLC, regardless of how much free space you have available. Basically, you can only use the internal storage (or a flash drive) to store full games, saves, or other media, but it's not the same as having a 4 GB hard drive. I wish someone had told me this before I bought mine; I foolishly assumed that the features would be identical and the only difference would be the amount of space, but now I have to buy a hard drive separately, adding up to more than it would have cost if I'd just bought the 250 GB model in the first place. Caveat emptor, indeed.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2010 8:41:01 AM PST
You can use the older 360 hard drive for the Xbox360 slim.I took my Xbox360 Elite hard drive apart.And placed it inside my new slim lol.The hard drive felt tacky to me so i placed it inside a dummy case.Chinese companys make the plastic cases to house your older hard drive.http://www.dealextreme.com/.Your older hard drive works the same as the news ones.Also it is a bona fide microsoft product so it works on xbox live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 8:52:33 AM PST
Here is a youtube video on the subject very easy to do.The name of the video is ((((Upgrade Xbox360 Slim 4gb with ANY xbox360 Harddrive)))) copy and paste to youtube search and presto a how to guide lol.Also look at the other videos lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2010 9:42:06 PM PST
Smoke says:
You sir, are a game changer. Thanks for the info!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 3:37:17 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 23, 2010 8:25:33 PM PST
Barry Yu says:
I can install games to my flash drive with no problem. This is a perfect solution for me. Even if you want to install a HD, it's still much cheaper than buying a 250G Xbox 360 which is $100 more.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 11:31:58 PM PST
can the xbox 360 4 GB save sims game without a harddrive seperatly?

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 10:24:49 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 12, 2011 1:01:25 PM PST
lol, it adds up to more than the 250gb alone and built in hard drive not to mention

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2011 12:47:28 PM PDT
I screwed four M3x8 button head screws into the empty holes on the bottom of the old hard disk to give it support, and it slid into the XBOX slim slot like a charm.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:27:53 AM PDT
Hey LIz i was really considering buying a xbox slim and i found you reply to this post very helpful is there any way that you can give me more information on the this link or re-post it for me. i really trying to find an alternative to buy the 250gb xbox slim.
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