Storage Devices

The Xbox 360 ships with a standard dual layer DVD-ROM drive, our unit had a drive manufactured by Hitachi-LG. 

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The drive features a standard SATA interface, but like the DVD-ROM drive in the original Xbox, the 360's DVD drive also features a proprietary power connector as you can see from the picture below:

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Since we're still dealing with a dual layer DVD drive, disc capacity hasn't grown since the release of the original Xbox, which may serve as a limitation for future games (potentially forcing them to multi-disc releases).  Generally speaking, original Xbox titles  used less than half of the 9GB DL-DVD capacity, leaving some room for growth for Xbox 360 games.

Microsoft has also reduced the size of the data that is required to be on each disc by a few hundred megabytes, combine that with the fact that larger game data can be compressed further thanks to more powerful hardware and game developers shouldn't run into capacity limitations on Xbox 360 discs anytime soon. 

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The $399 Xbox 360 system ships with a removable hard drive by default, which can be used by game developers to enable disk caching to reduce subsequent load times, as well as for content to be downloaded onto from Xbox Live.  If you wish to play any original Xbox games, you will need to have a hard drive present, as that is where the emulation data is stored since original Xbox games are not directly compatible with the Xbox 360's hardware. 

Final Words

And there you have it, four years since the original Xbox launch, Microsoft is back with part 2 (or 360 if you prefer).  While many doubted that they would last beyond the first installment, Microsoft has proven its worth and credibility in the console gaming industry. 

While we do have tons of long term questions about the architecture and platform of the Xbox 360, only time will answer them.  Until then, the Xbox 360 launch is less than a week away so if you're eagerly awaiting one to be delivered, at least now you don't have to worry about taking yours apart - happy gaming!

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  • preciousstone - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - link

    this is nice, i found this tutorial via a wholesaler whom is selling this item at very attracting price.

  • preciousstone - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - link

    in case u will need the site address?">
  • covert0001 - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - link

    I have just replaced the "x" clamps on a friends board after previously repairing 2 others with 3"rlod".
    I used this method-
    Removed x clamps and heat sinks
    Cleaned dice and sinks thoroughly with methanol and cotton buds
    Put a spot of artic silver on the dice
    Mounted heat sinks with m5 machine screws, nylon washers and washers
    Let the board warm up till the 2 red lights came on and then let it cool
    This method worked a treat on both others
    The problem with this one is it plays a game for about 5-10 minutes then just freezes up. If i switch it off then back on it comes up with the 3 reds again. I can manage to get it to work again but the screen eventually freezes again and 3 reds. Any ideas what could be causing this or to solve this would be greatly appreciated
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  • xBublizZ - Sunday, April 01, 2012 - link

    I know! Reply
  • itsmyfallt - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - link

    i was going to paint my 360, but dont want to screw over my warranty, is there any way that you can take the outer shell apart and not leave any visible evidence(besides the color change) that you have taken the shell off and tooled around with it? Reply
  • xboxrox - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - link

    here are a few more details of the insides -">

  • jugaaru - Friday, November 18, 2005 - link

    I guess the anandtech server is getting hammered, I guess its the first full blown review. Nice work anyway. Reply
  • kmmatney - Thursday, November 17, 2005 - link

    Just google "cpu dice" - I found this quote right away:

    "AMD is not in a position to move its product line to dual-core until it brings on an additional fab--either it's own Fab 36 or a foundry," Kevin Krewell, an analyst for In-Stat and editor of the Microprocessor Report, said Thursday. "Dual core equals two regular CPU dice, so it's not cost effective for AMD to ship dual-core [chips] for the same price as single-core. AMD needs to keep dollars per wafer growing, and aggressive pricing of dual-core would reduce it."

    Looks like many people use to term dice. So for you guys bitching and moaning for Anand to chaneg it - guess what - No Dice!

  • PrinceGaz - Friday, November 18, 2005 - link

    Just google "cpu dies" - although you get some hits about dead processors, there are many more abot processor manufacturing, more than you get by googling "cpu dice" (the vast majority of those are to do with random number generation).

    The correct trm for more than one CPU die is "dies".

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