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 Post subject: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:32 am 
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Over the weekend I dragged a stack of 10 year old 250GB WD drives out of storage, which were used only as backup drives (and probably had less than 5 hours each on them). 3 of 10 were bad from the get go, and a few others were acting up as I pulled data off. Needless to say, using an old drive no matter how little use it's had can be problematic.

I've scanned the Xbox HD compatibility list but it's tough to figure out if any of the drives listed are currently available.

Can someone recommend a working setup that can be purchased right now online? This would help tremendously. Forgive me if this is mentioned in another post but I searched and found nothing.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:22 am 
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ide-to-sata-t4904.html
ide-hard-drives-t4232.html
ide-to-sata-convertors-for-xbox-anyone-have-experience-t332.html
using-sd-card-hdd-t1856.html
ide-to-sata-t5925.html

These are in no special order & definately not all, tuf. ;)
There are several setups working & some you might never get to run in a certain combination of xbox version, converter & HDD used...

I have a hardmodded 1.6b with a Seagate SATA, 2.1TB, 7200rpm (no eco!)
using this converter & most important a 80pin connector cable.
Works like a charm.

One tip: use your favorite search engine for frisking this forum. The search here is shitty.
Just type the following without the quotation marks: "site: coinopsproject.freeforums.org sata hdd".

BTW: Welcome to the forum, tuf!

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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:23 pm 
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Hey Tuf, if you're looking for the easiest option, compatible IDE drives from the list is the way to go. I think the largest you'll find will be 500GB and I don't think they're manufactured anymore, so ebay / used will be your best bet.

Otherwise, I've had great results with (and yet to have any compatibility issue) with
SATA Drives ... Both spinning and Solid states using a SATA to IDE Adapter.

Fact :Storage-wise for the xbox we're limited to 2TB.

For Spinning SATA Drives, Brandwise I'd say stick with Western Digital & Seagate as they are mostly compatible and able to be locked (some not all).

For SATA Solid states, I've successfully used Samsung 2.5 and Kingston 2.5 drives 120GB & 256GB.

I also recommend and this is optional, getting a Long 18 inch +.. (long as possible because you're going to have to twist it in to fit) 40 pin 80wire IDE cable.... this will be an upgrade from the Xbox's Stock 40 wire 40pin cable... many users have reported better performance. (see link below)

https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Cable-Devi ... le+80+wire

This IDE to SATA adapter worked for me and was pretty cheap (someone may chime in with a better option):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Y ... UTF8&psc=1

Now depending on your Modding Method ( I prefer Tsop because YOU DON'T have to lock the drive and this increases your available drive options) but since you mentioned it here.. I think you want the locking option and are softmodding.

For Soft modding / swap and lock method, you can use the included Jumper pin on the SATA to IDE adapter board, to switch the drive from slave to master to get chimp to lock it.

I have softmodded and locked in a while as I tsop mod, so I'm not sure / can't recall if the drive locking capability is actually made possible by / or impacted by the IDE / SATA adapter. Some how I recall being able to lock a solid state drive... but I could be recalling wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:41 pm 
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If you're looking for a preconfigured working setup.. wasn't sure if you were looking for working setup as in what smith and I recommended or if you just wanted a pre configd setup.
If it's the latter reach out to terry68 he's selling a pre configd 2tb Xbox for a pretty reasonable price. If you're in the states.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:59 pm 
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seconded - Terry does good work. And has some pretty good videos to assist you if you're looking to roll your own :)

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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:11 am 
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Yeah! Both are right, tuf.
Plus: Terry68 even throws in HDD fodder for the xbox, so that buy is pretty much a plug&play.
There is no secret to modding.
Though you need to read & watch without rushing.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:44 am 
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smithis wrote:
http://coinopsproject.freeforums.org/ide-to-sata-t4904.html
ide-hard-drives-t4232.html
ide-to-sata-convertors-for-xbox-anyone-have-experience-t332.html
using-sd-card-hdd-t1856.html

These are in no special order & definately not all, tuf. ;)
There are several setups working & some you might never get to run in a certain combination of xbox version, converter & HDD used...

I have a hardmodded 1.6b with a Seagate SATA, 2.1TB, 7200rpm (no eco!)
using this converter & most important a 80pin connector cable.
Works like a charm.

One tip: use your favorite search engine for frisking this forum. The search here is shitty.
Just type the following without the quotation marks: "site: coinopsproject.freeforums.org sata hdd".

BTW: Welcome to the forum, tuf!


Thanks for the welcome! I saw your note on using Google for search - that works much better!

Thanks for the links, I'll dig through them now!


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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:47 am 
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gman101 wrote:
If you're looking for a preconfigured working setup.. wasn't sure if you were looking for working setup as in what smith and I recommended or if you just wanted a pre configd setup.
If it's the latter reach out to terry68 he's selling a pre configd 2tb Xbox for a pretty reasonable price. If you're in the states.


Thanks for the help! I've actually got a softmodded Xbox with a 12 year old WD in it and was thinking while it's open just to try to find something that wont keel over in the next year or two and repeat the cloning process. I'll take a look through some of the HD threads to try to find a current option.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggest a CURRENT large drive?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:17 pm 
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If you have the money & want fresh parts for that old cube, do use a converter, that VERY LONG 80pin cable, gman101 mentioned & the SATA HDD.
Seagate / Western Digital are both solid alternatives for the xbox.

When opened, take a look at your capacitators, too. Those leaking will end that box.
Not a question of if, but when.

Get chimp for the cloning & xbpartitioner for formatting f: and / or g:
Otherwise the capacity of that new HDD will be shown wrong.
But the hardware side of upgrading is just a matter of money & you knowing which part of a screwdriver is for what...

Just make a backup to pc of c: & e: first. 12 years are quite some bulk.

If you know the xbox version, you could TSOP it as well.
google is your friend on this, too ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:01 pm 
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Clock capacitor removal - but only in 1.0-1.5 XBox motherboard revisions.

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