Warning: Opening your Xbox will void the warranty and carelessness will cause damage to
The first thing you need to do is follow AnandTech’s Xbox 360 disassembly guide.
Stop when you get to the screws. We only need to remove the top cover, so just remove the six long, silver, flathead
screws that are size T12. Then you can flip the box over and pull the cover off. We pulled the DVD drive for the
You should continue to follow AnandTech’s guide to disassemble the hard
drive. We will be reusing the hard drive and its cable. You should save the extra pieces in case you ever want to
return the drive to the original housing.
Only the hard drive is being placed inside the case. The cable will
still be plugged into the external connector. You will need to enlarge the hole in the upper right corner of the hard
drive’s shallow bay. Once the hole is large enough, thread the hard drive cable through. If you use the hard
drive housing in the future, this hole won’t be visible.
Xbox up and lay the left cover on top. Plug the cable into the motherboard socket. Apply some double-stick tape to the
silver side of the hard drive and plug the drive in. Position drive on top of the DVD drive. There’s really only
one possible cable route without cutting metal. Make sure you leave enough slack for a future filler panel in the drive
put the top cover on you will need to grind off the two plastic rivets securing the metal shield. After you’ve
removed the shield you will have to cut off two plastic trapezoidal protrusions that would otherwise collide with the
Make sure you confirm that your console is still functioning properly before reassembly. Once you take it
apart the first time, you really won’t want to do it again. Unplug the external hard drive connector so you can
move the end cap easily then proceed with the reassembly.
Once the Xbox is back together, plug the external
connector back in and fire up the console. Everything should be working as usual. If the connector has slipped off
inside the case you should be able to reseat it using a small screw driver since the connector can’t move very
we’ve cleared up some space on the outside of the box we can build our integrated iPod dock. Come back next week
to see how it’s done!