Introduction

If you want to replace the hard drive with one that has a larger capacity, this guide will teach you how to replace the hard drive step by step.

  1. Flip the Xbox One S so that the bottom of the case is facing upward.
    • Flip the Xbox One S so that the bottom of the case is facing upward.

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  2. Insert the plastic opening tool into the  gap between the bottom of the case and the grated top side. Then find the clips in between that hold the case in place.
    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the gap between the bottom of the case and the grated top side. Then find the clips in between that hold the case in place.

    • Use the opening tool to pop the clips out. The best method is to pry the black case away from the bottom.

    • You will hear clicking sounds when you are prying the case open. It may be fairly difficult to remove the bottom.

    • It's possible that the clips may break when you remove the bottom from the case.

    • We recommend starting at one corner and sliding the prying tool along the edges of the Xbox One S. Once the first few clips are opened you can lift the cover up to find the remaining clips.

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    • Once all of the clips are opened, remove the bottom part of the case.

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    • Find all of the green screws on the metal case labeled F1 through F6.

    • Take the T10 Torx screwdriver and remove the six 50 mm long screws.

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    • The port cover is held in place with rivets. Insert a pry tool gently between the top cover and metal casing on both sides to prepare the cover for removal.

    Do not remove the back panel from the metal housing by popping loose the “rivets” in Step 5 photo. Those are not rivets, they are melted post-end mounts in which the heads will break off and CAN NOT BE REPLACED by the do-it-yourself repairer (unless you want to try hot gluing the mounts back to the panel, but success is uncertain with this method). While doing my own tear-down following the photo examples, I thought the rear panel was meant to come off due to the photo of it laying next to the body in Step 7. This is inaccurate, and will most likely result in a loose fitting panel upon reassembly. The “rivets” no longer have a means to hold onto the metal body tray they came loose from. So you will have the panel relying on alignment back to the channel the tabs came out of in order to hold it to the back of your machine. Other than this issue, I was able to perform the tear-down without problem.

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    • Gently separate the interior case from the white exterior case using the appropriate method.

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    • Flip the interior case so it is fan side upward.

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    • Gently pop and lift the metal panel on top of the interior case to access the hardware. It should come right off.

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    • To replace the hard drive, remove the two 10 mm T-10 Torx screws, C3 and C4, from the backside of the Xbox One S.

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    • Gently disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard (at the two plastic connector bodies).

    Do not disconnect the connector in the second image! There are tiny prongs that bend easily and if bent just a tad bit they will break off. I had first hand experience with this and I ended up breaking my Xbox because I could not put that cable back on.

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    • Remove the four black 10mm Torx screws from the black plastic mount.

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    • Detach the black plastic mount and the wires from the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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Just swapping like this, will the xbox automatically install the os and drivers or do you need to download them with a computer prior to installation?

James Pedigo - Reply

The drive requires formatting and some moderate configuration with a windows 10 PC prior to installation. I just installed a 500Gb SSD in my console yesterday. I will be creating a detailed guide soon.

MervDervis -

Just finished this guide for installing the firmware.

Install firmware on Xbox One S

KimJongIan -

Following this guide to upgrade the 500GB HDD to a 2TB SHDD worked just fine. You'll need to download some script to be able to format the larger HDDs to be able to access the larger available space on the Xbox - YouTube is your friend here.

Reinstalling the OS seemed to be simple enough. Until you realise that the bootanim file is missing. Taking out the HDD is required to put this file on via Windows.

Until Microsoft release a new update, of which the console was unable to update via internet. So I reverted to use a USB flash drive to perform an offline update, which was successful. BUT… the bootanim is again rendered missing. Not too sure if I fancy repeating the tear down again and again after every update. Doubt the clips of the underside of the console can handle such a beating…

David T - Reply

Thank you for adding this. I wan unsure what the next process was but I found it on YouTube.

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