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Introducción

This guide only demonstrates how to remove the optical drive.

The Xbox 360 is designed so that the DVD drive works only with the particular game console it is installed in. Replacing a defective DVD drive with a replacement DVD drive does not work, since the replacement has a different DVD drive key, which the game console won't accept.

  1. Grasp the hard drive assembly and press the release button while lifting its front edge. Remove the hard drive assembly from the top vent.
    • Grasp the hard drive assembly and press the release button while lifting its front edge.

    • Remove the hard drive assembly from the top vent.

    • Stand the console vertically with the bottom edge facing up.

    • Throughout the following opening procedure, the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool can be used in place of a spudger.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger or the edge of an Xbox 360 opening tool into the small gap at the front edge of the bottom vent.

    • Pry the front edge of the bottom vent away from the faceplate.

  2. In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the bottom vent. Their locations are highlighted in red. You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces. You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces.
    • In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the bottom vent. Their locations are highlighted in red.

    • You will insert the tool into the holes molded into the white plastic side case pieces.

  3. To release the clips, work from the front edge of the bottom vent. While slightly lifting the front edge of the bottom vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the front of the bottom vent towards the inside of the console.
    • To release the clips, work from the front edge of the bottom vent.

    • While slightly lifting the front edge of the bottom vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the front of the bottom vent towards the inside of the console.

  4. Repeat the same process to release the two center clips on the bottom vent. Repeat the same process to release the two center clips on the bottom vent.
    • Repeat the same process to release the two center clips on the bottom vent.

  5. Use the tip of your spudger to release the clips on the bottom vent nearest the back of the Xbox. Use the tip of your spudger to release the clips on the bottom vent nearest the back of the Xbox.
    • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clips on the bottom vent nearest the back of the Xbox.

  6. Remove the bottom vent from the 360.
    • Remove the bottom vent from the 360.

  7. Insert the flat edge of a spudger between the faceplate and the outer casing near the power button. Run your spudger along the edge of the faceplate to release the clips securing it to the front of the console.
    • Insert the flat edge of a spudger between the faceplate and the outer casing near the power button.

    • Run your spudger along the edge of the faceplate to release the clips securing it to the front of the console.

    • You may also accomplish this task by using the edge of the Xbox 360 opening tool, but it may scratch the plastic case.

    • Alternatively, you can use your hands to carefully pull the faceplate away from the Xbox.

  8. Repeat the same motions as previously mentioned to release the left side of the faceplate.
    • Repeat the same motions as previously mentioned to release the left side of the faceplate.

  9. Remove the faceplate from the front face of the console.
    • Remove the faceplate from the front face of the console.

  10. Stand the console vertically with the top edge facing up. The top vent is secured to the console via clips. The first two clips are located underneath the top vent closest to the faceplate, as shown in the pictures.
    • Stand the console vertically with the top edge facing up.

    • The top vent is secured to the console via clips. The first two clips are located underneath the top vent closest to the faceplate, as shown in the pictures.

  11. Insert the flat end of a spudger into the small gaps previously mentioned to release the clips. You may also use the long finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to accomplish this task.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the small gaps previously mentioned to release the clips.

    • You may also use the long finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to accomplish this task.

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  13. In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the top vent. Their locations are highlighted in red. In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the top vent. Their locations are highlighted in red. In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the top vent. Their locations are highlighted in red.
    • In the next few steps, you will use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to release the clips along the left and right sides of the top vent. Their locations are highlighted in red.

  14. To release the clips, work from the middle of the top vent. While slightly lifting the front edge of the top vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the center of the top vent towards the inside of the console.
    • To release the clips, work from the middle of the top vent.

    • While slightly lifting the front edge of the top vent, use the tip of a spudger to push the clips closest to the center of the top vent towards the inside of the console.

  15. Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the  Xbox's upper case.
    • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox's upper case.

  16. The last clip is hidden underneath the rubber foot nearest the back of the console. Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox.
    • The last clip is hidden underneath the rubber foot nearest the back of the console.

    • Use the tip of your spudger to release the clip on the top vent nearest the back of the Xbox.

    • Remove the top vent from the 360.

  17. Stand the console vertically with the top edge facing down.
    • Stand the console vertically with the top edge facing down.

    • Carefully peel the warranty sticker off the console.

  18. The upper and lower cases are attached via several latches, located in the front and back of the console. These latches must be disengaged to separate the upper case from the console. Use the flat end of a spudger to release the following latches: Above the front-facing USB ports.
    • The upper and lower cases are attached via several latches, located in the front and back of the console. These latches must be disengaged to separate the upper case from the console.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to release the following latches:

    • Above the front-facing USB ports.

    • Beneath the front-facing USB ports.

    • Above the Memory Unit slots.

  19. Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry upwards to release the last remaining latch located above the eject button.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry upwards to release the last remaining latch located above the eject button.

  20. Slightly lift the front portion of the lower case to ensure that the latches in the front have been completely released.
    • Slightly lift the front portion of the lower case to ensure that the latches in the front have been completely released.

  21. The upper and lower cases are held together by seven release latches located on the back of the console. Their locations are highlighted in red. The upper and lower cases are held together by seven release latches located on the back of the console. Their locations are highlighted in red.
    • The upper and lower cases are held together by seven release latches located on the back of the console. Their locations are highlighted in red.

  22. Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the clips securing the lower case to the upper case near the I/O ports. While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips. While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips.
    • Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the clips securing the lower case to the upper case near the I/O ports.

    • While pressing down on the tool, push the lower and upper cases apart to separate the retaining clips.

  23. While pushing the upper and lower cases apart, use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to push the long clip highlighted in red toward the center of the 360. The clip should release, leaving the clips near the power connector as the only thing holding the upper and lower cases together.
    • While pushing the upper and lower cases apart, use the tip of a spudger or the finger of an Xbox 360 opening tool to push the long clip highlighted in red toward the center of the 360.

    • The clip should release, leaving the clips near the power connector as the only thing holding the upper and lower cases together.

  24. Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the two remaining clips near the power connector.
    • Press the Xbox 360 opening tool down into the two remaining clips near the power connector.

    • Push the upper and lower cases apart to fully release the retaining clips.

  25. Orient the console so that the front portion is facing downwards.
    • Orient the console so that the front portion is facing downwards.

    • Grasp the back portion of the lower case and lift it upwards to separate it from the console.

    • Be careful not to excessively bend the lower case near the power plug, as it can crack easily.

  26. Use the tip of a spudger to release the clip securing the eject button to the metal casing. Insert the flat end of a spudger between the eject button and the optical drive.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to release the clip securing the eject button to the metal casing.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the eject button and the optical drive.

    • Pry the eject button off its retaining posts and remove it from the 360.

    • This can also be accomplished using an Xbox 360 opening tool.

  27. Remove the six silver 64 mm T10 Torx screws securing the upper case to the metal casing.
    • Remove the six silver 64 mm T10 Torx screws securing the upper case to the metal casing.

  28. Orient the console so that the upper case is facing upwards.
    • Orient the console so that the upper case is facing upwards.

    • Lift the upper case straight up and remove it from the console.

  29. Peel the silver tape securing the optical drive to the metal casing.
    • Peel the silver tape securing the optical drive to the metal casing.

  30. Slightly lift the optical drive upwards to gain clearance to disconnect the SATA and power connectors located on the backside of the optical drive.
    • Slightly lift the optical drive upwards to gain clearance to disconnect the SATA and power connectors located on the backside of the optical drive.

    • Don't try to completely remove the optical drive just yet. Two cables still connect it to the motherboard.

  31. Grab the power connector by its cables and pull it straight out of its socket on the optical drive. Disconnect the SATA data connector from its socket on the optical drive by pulling it straight away.
    • Grab the power connector by its cables and pull it straight out of its socket on the optical drive.

    • Disconnect the SATA data connector from its socket on the optical drive by pulling it straight away.

  32. Lift the optical drive assembly out of the metal casing.
    • Lift the optical drive assembly out of the metal casing.

  33. While pressing the optical drive cover toward the top face of the optical drive, use the flat end of a spudger to release the two retaining clips on the underside of the cover. While pressing the optical drive cover toward the top face of the optical drive, use the flat end of a spudger to release the two retaining clips on the underside of the cover.
    • While pressing the optical drive cover toward the top face of the optical drive, use the flat end of a spudger to release the two retaining clips on the underside of the cover.

  34. Remove the optical drive cover.
    • Remove the optical drive cover.

    • Optical drive remains.

Conclusión

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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who knows xbox360 can use desktop drives?We have all kinds of drives,but i am not sure if it is fit for xbox360.

Thanks

Rex Yang - Contestar

That has nothing to do with this guide. If you have any question regarding this equipment, go to the answer section.

oldturkey03 -

General comment, you make no mention of removing the PCB from the DVD drive if it's being replaced. Any particular reason for that?

Pete B - Contestar

Very easy to follow, got my drive fixed...thanks!

Brian Davis - Contestar

" Replacing a defective optical drive with a replacement optical drive does not work. The replacement will have a different DVD drive key, which the game console will not accept."

Not entirely accurate, that statement.

Having fixed a PS3 blu-ray drive by following the excellent guide on here, tried the same technique.

I had a bad drive in my xbox, and I replaced it with a new drive (of the same type). I took the daughter-board from the faulty drive and transplanted it to the good drive. It involved stripping down both drives, disconnecting 2 ribbon cables and unsoldering about 8 wires, transplanting the daughter-board - and resoldering the wires. Then reassembling. It worked for me, anyway.

Dave - Contestar

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