Xbox One X: Internal HDD -> External Case Mod

Discussion in 'Xbox One - Tutorials' started by Shadow LAG, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Shadow LAG
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    Shadow LAG GBAtemp Regular

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    Description: This mod enables the internal hard drive to be accessible outside the internal case much like the Xbox 360 hard drive. No cutting or soldering required!

    Purpose: This mod makes the hard drive easily replaceable and removable for research (connect to PC), upgrades, and even supports 3.5" HDDs as well (5TB internal storage upgrade) at full SATA III speeds.

    Pros:
    *Supports any physical size drive, SSD, 2.5" HDD, 3.5 HDD"
    *Easily removable, replaceable, and provides direct access to XVD research

    Cons:
    *Bulkier chassis
    *No sync button access (Must sync new controllers by plugging them in once)
    *Takes up one USB mandatory, two optionally without external power brick for 2.5" drives

    Requirements:
    Torx bits
    Right angle 18" SATA Cable
    SATA to USB Adapter
    SATA power Extension Cable
    Xbox One X Enclosure

    3.5" HDD Only:
    External AC Power Adapter


    Helpful Prerequisite Knowledge:
    Xbox One X teardown instructions
    Xbox One drive upgrade instructions

    Tutorial:

    1.
    Remove all screws from the Xbox One X Drive Enclosure


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    2.
    Remove the Internal board from the Xbox One X HDD Enclosure


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    3.
    Unscrew and Remove the Front USB port from the Xbox One X Casing


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    4.
    Remove the aluminum casing from the Xbox One X
    (do NOT use when reassembling)


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    5.
    Remove the Internal HDD and SATA adapter.
    Plug in your L shaped SATA and run the other end out the front USB port


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    6.
    Reassemble the Xbox One X without using the aluminum cover in step 4
    Cross the SATA cable to the left of the power button --rest it on the Xbox


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    7.
    2.5" HDD: Cut the plastic tab on the L side of the SATA power extension cable
    3.5" HDD: Skip this step


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    8.
    2.5" HDD: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA to USB connector
    3.5" HDD: Skip this step


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    9.
    2.5" HDD: Route the SATA to USB connector through the enclosure cable guide
    3.5" HDD: Route the SATA power to AC brick through the enclosure cable guide



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    10.
    Route the front SATA cable through the bottom of the enclosure
    Slide it back so the back and side of the enclosure lines up with the Xbox


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    11.
    Perform cable management inside the enclosure.
    You should have plenty of space to neatly tuck in the cables


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    12.
    2.5" HDD: Plug in the SATA to USB to the closest USB port on the Xbox
    Alternatively, you can use a USB extension cable to a USB AC adapter should you wish to free up a USB port.

    3.5" HDD: Plug in the SATA Power to AC adapter to an outlet


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    13. Attach the enclosure back plate and screw it in to secure it to the Xbox

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    14. Shut the enclosure and hook the Xbox up

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    15.
    Power on the Xbox One and if everything was done correctly, you should now be operating with an external enclosure.


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    Last edited by Shadow LAG, Nov 28, 2018
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  2. pedro-javierf

    pedro-javierf Member

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    Aug 19, 2016
    Good mod man! Thanks for sharing
    Could it be done to an Xbox One S?
     
  3. tbb043

    tbb043 Member

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    step 4: i'd be wary about just leaving out a big metal plate like that. doesn't it serve ANY purpose (heat dissipation, rf shielding)? Even if it runs okay, couldn't it cause interference on other devices (and then be an FCC violation if nothing else)?
     
  4. Shadow LAG
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    Shadow LAG GBAtemp Regular

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    Yes it can! Now as far as looks go, It will just need a bit of cutting since the front USB port is not modular, and a drive housing that will fit the S if you can find one. So far I only know about one for the Original model, and the X.


    It basically is a housing made for the screws to hold together on the other end. Really serves no other purpose than to keep the components inside from jiggling and shifting during shipping. Think of it as a brace for the components since they sit "upside down". The fan and disc drive are pretty stable, and unless you are tossing the xbox around I don't see them shifting out of position.

    If you are worried about step 4, please feel free to cut a hole in the metal shielding to route it through to the USB port
     
    Last edited by Shadow LAG, Nov 30, 2018
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