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With the latest redesign of the Xbox 360 featuring a built in hard-drive of either 4GB or 250 GB. This style of hard-drive has become pretty much redundant amongst the mid-term to late adopters of the Xbox 360.
However if you are like me and you still have your original Xbox 360 these hard-drives are a necessity not just for saving your game progress. But to turn you games console in to a true multi-media device.
With 120 GB of space you are able to download and store expansions to your once completed game giving you anything from a couple of nice extra outfits to twenty hours of extra gameplay if you wanted to experience everything that Fallout 3 had to offer.
Thanks to steam revolutionising the digital distribution of video games. Microsoft had to follow suit and new releases can be purchased and stored straight on the hard drive skipping the need to go down to your local store
Since the creation of Xbox Live Marketplace whole games can be purchased whether they are HD remakes or reboots of your favourite games from your childhood can be purchased with Megaman Rez HD and Hydro Thunder Hurricane to name just a few. The reduced cost of developing for this platform has seen some truly great works break out and reignite interest in a once tired genre with Telltale Games making the superb and multi award winning The Walking Dead. Which has brought back the point and click genre of games to a mainstream audience once again.
Your music can be stored in the hard drive as well and some games will incorporate the stored music in to the game for you to listen too such as Saints Row 2 and 3
Services such as Last.FM, Netflix, Sky TV, 4OD and BBC I player is also available to be downloaded on to your consoles hard drive. Although and Xbox Live gold membership is required for most of these services it just goes to show what you could be missing out on.
Prices for a 120 GB hard drives have gone down dramatically. Although it is now nigh on impossible to buy these brand new in the original packaging. I've seen pre-owned hard drives of this size sell from anywhere between £10 and £30.
The hardrive is well built and to me seem pretty durable
So if you are a long time Xbox owner needing a new hard drive you can't go wrong here. If you have never experienced the full potential of your console and want to this would be a great hard drive to purchase.
I've been a big fan of video games since childhood and when the big three released their previous wave of next-gen consoles I hopped straight on the bandwagon and settled in camp Microsoft, purchasing an Xbox 360 shortly after release. This poor old console has suffered from many issues including the notorious Red Ring Of Death, and the helpful people at Microsoft kindly replaced my hardware after my original console suffered its untimely fate. Since then there have been several modifications released, including the 360 Arcade console and the 360 Elite console, but I stuck with my original and have instead managed to upgrade it with additional hardware such as a wireless receiver and a new hard drive to keep it up to date. The hard drive itself was a bit of a revolution in gaming terms, as previously you only had two options: to play on cartridge games which would store the saved game within its own memory chip, or to play on disc games which required a separate memory card which plugged in to the console and allowed small segments of storage space for saved games.
My original Microsoft Xbox 360 console came with a 20GB hard drive fitted as standard and at the time this seemed pretty generous, but since then there have been vast leaps in storage solutions and it is no longer suitable for my requirements. I chose to replace it with the biggest hard drive available to me, which is the 120GB version. The RRP for an official Microsoft Xbox 360 120GB Hard Drive is £79.99. I decided to save some money and bought one that was pre-owned, which I can see is a bit of a gamble. The cost of the pre-owned hard drive was £20.00, but after a bit of smooth-talking I convinced the shop assistant to knock some money off as it turned out that they hadn't checked and cleaned the previous content, and so I picked it up for just £16.00. Unfortunately my first attempt showed that the hard drive I had purchased was corrupt and would not work at all, so I took it back and exchanged it for another which thankfully worked just fine.
The hard drive unit is a flat block that neatly slots in and out of the side of the console. A friend helpfully offered to set up my new hard drive for me, including transferring all of my previous game data and profile information, and it took barely any time at all before I was able to start using my new hard drive. This 120GB hard drive offers 6 times more storage that I originally had on my previous 20GB hard drive. Within the 120GB hard drive a full 13GB is already spoken for in terms of formatting, drivers and system files etc. However this gives you a total of 107GB leftover to work with so overall you still have a large percentage of the storage space available to you. As a handy hint, every time you create a new save game file it will display all of the available storage devices and show a little meter with the remaining available space and how much this amounts to, so it is easy for me to keep track of how much saved data I am creating as I am able to see this amount frequently and know exactly how much space is left over. Everything that you can access via the Xbox Home pages will use up some of that space and I store my gamer profile on the main hard drive, along with my best friend's profile and my boyfriend's profile for when we're playing 2-player games. There's plenty of room for the backlog of save game data from all of the games that I am currently playing and have previously played through. I have some music saved onto the Xbox for when I want to use my own soundtrack playing over a game but this is a minimal use and I think it's best to avoid putting too much music on here as it's quite a laborious process and not really necessary unless you're going to listen to the music and game at the same time, otherwise I prefer to keep the bulk of my music files stored on my computer and transfer to my MP3 player or phone as needed. I also like to use my Xbox for viewing content through Lovefilm, Netflix, youtube, iPlayer and 4oD, each of which needs to have an application installed to allow direct access to the video content. I have recently taken to purchasing game content through the Xbox Marketplace, and with my new larger hard drive there is more than enough space for me to store add-on content and even full game downloads.
You can directly access your storage devices through the main Xbox system menu, and this is a great way to keep a check on what you currently have saved. Everything is laid out clearly and you can find exactly what you're looking for through the menu sections. Next to each piece of data is a column that shows how much hard drive storage space is allocated to that individual item, which is really helpful for finding out what items are crowding the hard drive. This gives a complete overview of all saved data, and gives you control over how to handle it. The menus are incredibly user friendly and it's simple to use this hard drive to maximum effect as you can clearly see each thing that it stored on it and you are able to access, copy, move, or delete data as required, on a step-by-step basis. It is useful to be able to copy your saved game data, which I have done before to transfer my progress onto a portable memory unit so I can continue with the rest of the game when playing through a friend's console. From time to time I will check out the storage menu and delete anything that I feel is no longer required so that the hard drive is clean and up to date with everything I need, and excess storage space is not being wasted. This hard drive has always performed reliably for me and I have not once had any issues with accessing any of the saved data. It is essential to have the data stored securely and Microsoft's expertise ensures that this hard drive is a safe option. Overall I am really happy with the performance of this hard drive as it has allowed me to safely save and retrieve all of my information, and offers a huge amount of storage space which gives me plenty of options as to using the extra features available through Xbox Live.
I am really happy with my new 120GB hard drive, as it was a cheap and effective way to extend the capabilities of my existing console without having to buy a full replacement console. Strongly recommended for anyone who has an older model Xbox 360 that needs its storage upgrading.
As the current generation of console games enters its twilight years it has become apparent that downloadable content has become a major player in the gaming scene. Whether you are downloading a complete game like Limbo, or an expansion to the latest Call Of Duty, the amount of storage space required has escalated. It is for this reason that; ever since the original Xbox, Microsoft have pioneered the use of hard drives over memory cards. Of course, with the level of downloads required even for games that don't use expansion packs, the xbox360s original 20 gig hard drive now feels a little miniscule.
If you are one of the early adopters of the Xbox360 you will likely have discovered the need to upgrade your storage device. To my knowledge the Xbox360 can still only run an official Microsoft Xbox360 hard drive, so popping down to the local PC World wont help. Coming in with a whopping £70 RRP this 120gig hard drive is an expensive proposition that sadly is kind of essential if you want to upgrade your machine.
The only other drawback to this device is that it is only compatible with the original 'Phat Xbox360' and so if you were foolish enough to purchase a 4 Gig slimline machine then you'll need to purchase the slightly more expensive internal hard drive for that particular unit.
Thankfully in every other area this device bares good news. It is very easy to install. The Xbox360 will have a little silver button on the old hard drive; or a removable plastic case if you have survived this long without a hard drive, and then the new hard drive clicks into place. An easy to use data transfer cable can be purchased if you'd like to transfer your data rather than have to keep switching out your hard drives.
As a storage device I have found these to be quite stable. Only once in the last 8 years have I experienced corrupted data, and the Xbox itself lays the data out in an easy to read way. Once installed the xbox360 displays all of your data in a user friendly way, and so you'll never need to worry about being particularly computer literate when using it.
I have also seen this particular hard drive available in white or black so it will compliment whichever Xbox360 you have; excluding slimline of course, and fits in well enough that it looks like a permanent addition to the console. The plastic is durable enough to protect it if dropped, but then this is unlikely to need testing once clipped onto the Xbox anyway.
Personally I would recommend grabbing one of these if you need to upgrade your storage space on your old 'Phat' xbox360. I wouldn't recommend grabbing one brand new however, as the price is just too steep for what is a normal external hard drive with Microsoft packaging. You can currently pick one up preowned for closer to £20 and that's not half bad. The 120 gigs is enough space to satisfy a fairly heavy user without driving the price even higher.
I have an arcade xbox and wanted to have access to all the fun aspects which you would expect to be able to, including downloading arcade / indie games from the xbox live market aswell as DLC, demos and videos etc. Rediculously the arcade only has about a quater of a GB so i couldn't download or install anything it was almost pointless. Then I was lucky enough to be given the 120GB hard drive (they retail at around £30/£40, sounds expensive but well worth it!) I now have over 20 arcade games downloaded, uncountable amounts of indie games and around 8 disk games including massive ones such as skyrim and still have plenty of room left for more.
There is no hassle to install it, simply slot it into the top of the xbox and it works!
Some people may already have a smaller hard drive without enough space but are worried they will lose all their data? No worries, It comes with microsofts data transfer kit which very straightforward and easy to use. It takes all your data from your previous hard drive and deposits it on the new one.
I would recommend anyone with an arcade xbox, or just with a smaller amount of memory to buy this hard drive it really will add to your xbox experience.
With 4GB you can a lot with the Xbox 360 game console from Microsoft. You can just play all the games, saving and downloading small files. For many people this is sufficient. Via the Xbox Live system is it also possible to buy games online and download, which soon a few gigabytes are needed. Also games you buy in a store, can be installed on the console in order to start than quicker. Also the Xbox can be used as a media system by, films, pictures and videos. All in all, for light use the 4GB version is very suitable, but if you want the Xbox as a media system use or for example (many) games to download and install then better opt for this hard disk.
The Media Hard Drive comes in a white-green package from Microsoft. In addition to the hard disk it has also clear instructions. The hard disk has a glossy black color and is enclosed on all sides except the back. At the top is "Xbox 360" engraved and on the bottom some other product information.
Important to know when purchasing this hard disk is that this product can only be used with the normal models and not the slim versions of the Xbox 360. With the normal variants of the Xbox 360 the hard drive is placed on top of the console.
Placing the hard drive is very easing as at the narrow end of the hard drive you have a clip. You need to press the clip and then to slot the narrow end into the Xbox. When it's connected you will hear a click confirming that the hard drive is in the right position.
For me the hard drive is simply a must since I use the Xbox as a media centre with movies, music and of course lots of games. I think i paid around 55 pounds for this hard drive which i think is reasonable price.
We have a Microsoft Xbox 360 at home set up on the main TV, and the kids regularly use it to play their various games etc. But one of the problems we found was that as they downloaded the latest freebies and demos through Xbox live, the basic drive on the box quickly filled up to capacity, and then they would get into the debate of what to delete, what to keep etc. So to ease the problem, I decided to buy an extra hard drive for the device to give them that extra bit of breathing space to store all of the games and downloads.
Now to try and replace the hard drive internally would simply void the warranty of the Xbox console, and hence the easiest option was to buy an external hard drive that will connect directly to the console. So to ensure compatibility and hassle free connection, I purchased a genuine 120 GB Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive from Amazon for around the £60 mark a few months ago, although shop around nowadays because prices seem to vary so much between various retailers.
Out of the box, the drive looks more like a door wedge rather than a conventional hard drive, with a thick, plastic cased section running for most of the length housing the drive and electronics, going down to a narrow connection plug at one end. On the outside you also have a silver foil strip detailing the actual size of the drive. All looks quite flash and seems to be robust and well constructed (although I have yet to do a 'drop test' to determine how well constructed!!). To fit is a relatively straight forward process. At the narrow end of the drive casing you have a clip. The idea is to press the clip and then to slot the narrow end of the drive into the connection on the Xbox - either the top if it is upright, or on the left if the console is flat. When the drive is fully home and connected, you will hear a positive click sound meaning that the drive is locked in position. To remove, just press the clip again and pull away from the console. Very simple to fit and remove, and will not invalidate your warranty for the console.
In use, there is loads of space. The kids have started to load all their games discs up to the hard drive in order to save the discs from getting scratched, and with 8 games loaded thus far, it has barely made a dent in the capacity of this drive. We also seem to suddenly be collecting a whole lot more free games and demos from Xbox Live, but I think that is just my kids suddenly realizing that they have all this extra capacity to play with. Either way, we've had this going for a good few months now with no problems, and I envisage that in terms of capacity, it should last us for quite a while yet.
One particular issue that is worth noting is that although the drive says it has a capacity of 120 GB, the actual measured size and available capacity that you will get is about 113 GB. This is because some of the space is reserved by Xbox to allow the drive to operate. I've seen other people notice this capacity issue and automatically thought that the drive was wrong. So it is a point to be aware of that it is actually ok.
In summary, whilst this may be a little on the expensive side for a hard drive, it is a dedicated device for Xbox 360 that is specifically designed to work with your console. Easy to fit, it has loads of capacity and is also well designed and stylish, complimenting the look of your console. Hence, a 5 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
The reason we bought the X box 360 hard drive was because I keep buying arcade games and downloading freebies which soon fills up, we also have most our games run loaded straight onto the console to keep the discs free from scratching. It also seems to make our games load quicker and quieter.
==Price and availability==
We bought the Xbox 360 120GB expansion pack from Amazon.co.uk and paid £49.99. The original one I bought from Amazon was not an official Microsoft product so I had to send it back. It wasn't boxed and didn't come with the data transfer kit unlike the official version. Amazon sorted this out for me but beware about products masquerading to be official.
The expansion pack was easy to fit and the whole process was really simple. We have our 360 stood up next to the television and all we needed to do was to clip the hard drive into the top of the machine. The hard drive is shaped so that it gently becomes thinner at one end. At the thin end there is a clip that you push in, this then clicks in to the slot on the machine. The hard drive is grey with a silver strip that tells you how big the expansion pack is. Overall it feels well made and sturdy.
News to me, but my boyfriend told me it was common practice, the hard drive only came with 105GB of space.
==Advantages of the expansion pack==
We own the Xbox 360 and use xbox live regularly. I love downloading the freebies and storing them and after a while we gradually started running out of space. Although not a true gamer like my boyfriend, I prefer the kinect games where he loves call of duty; I really like the demos and freebies and I enjoy the arcade games so getting a bigger memory pack was the next step. It works just like the computer hard drive and as soon as you load it and enter the dashboard it starts to work. You can store so much stuff on the hard drive, I would rather go for a larger one than have to replace a smaller one when it gets full. The expansion pack is really expensive but it does its job and it looks good. You can hardly tell that the expansion pack is attached; the aesthetics of the machine remain sleek and attractive.
Overall, this will last us for the rest of the time we own this console so in my eyes it was worth buying. I have not experienced any problems with it and would recommend it.
== MICROSOFT XBOX 360 120GB HARD DRIVE ==
I have been through so many Xbox 360 consoles which have had numerous hard drives. The first being the 20GB hard drive which is okay for gamers who don't have many games or for gamers who don't have access to Xbox Live. Then I shipped up to a 60GB because I often play Xbox Live and with all the downloads available I knew I needed it. I wasn't planning on upping to 120GB but then an opportunity came so I jumped at it. 120GB is much better and twice the size of what mine was and at the time I thought 120GB will probably last me a lifetime now. There are so many different sizes available to suit all types of gamers.
=== ARE DIFFERENT HARD DRIVES SUITABLE FOR THE SAME CONSOLE? ===
I have had about 4 different Xbox 360 consoles and about 12 different hard drives. My first console actually got the red ring of death and so did my second and my third but after doing research I learned that certain Xbox 360's are immune to the RROD (red ring of death). So I purchased the one supposedly immune to this and it came with a 60GB hard drive. At first I wasn't sure if you could put a bigger hard drive onto the same Xbox 360 but my cousin told me you can. Back then I didn't know an awful lot about the Xbox 360. I then got the 120GB hard drive which there are two versions an Elite version and a normal version you know the difference because the Elite hard drive instead of being grey its actually black. I then found out both the Elite and normal versions of this hard drive work perfectly fine with any consoles except the slim.
=== WHAT USE IS 120GB? ===
Xbox 360 hard drives kinda work some ways like a PC hard drive but it looks nothing like them and they obviously cant be used in a PC. You can store almost anything on the hard drive as long as you have the space. As stated 120GB probably isn't worth owning unless your on Xbox Live but you can still find some use if your not. For example a little while ago my mum wasn't on Xbox Live but had the Elite console with a 120GB hard drive but she had used quite a lot of space due to installing her games so the Xbox didn't read from the disc. She had also installed her music to her hard drive and some other bits. Now shes on Xbox Live and like me she tends to get some of the freebies or even buy some of the arcade games they have available. My Xbox 360 hard drive has about 80GB left and the rest is full with my music, videos, arcade games, games on demand, a few indie games and game add-ons. There is lots of different bits available for download via Xbox Live that your hard drive will soon fill up.
=== DIFFERENT SIZES ===
Now this is extremely important because there is now a slim Xbox 360 available with different hard drives that will NOT fit or work with the older consoles. The slim Xbox 360 console has two different hard drives available which are the 250GB and the 4GB. I haven't a clue why there is a 4GB hard drive and I don't see the entire point of it. For the normal console there are 20GB, 60GB, 120GB and now a 250GB. I don't think I will be shifting up from the 120GB because I still have more than half left and there isn't an awful lot more I can download right now. As time gets further I may need to but it all depends. Save games don't take much. It all depends what size suits your style of gaming.
=== LOOK, FEEL AND FITTING ===
The look of the hard drive is actually an interesting one because it actually doesn't look at all like a hard drive or something you use to store things on. The hard drive reminds me of a wedge that you would use to hold your door open because of the shape of it. Also the hard drive comes in black or grey with a shiny silver part at the top saying what size it is. The hard drive is the smoothest part of the Xbox 360 console in terms of how it feels. It feels like a smooth plastic with a smooth tiny bit of metal. It is also very easy to fit to the Xbox 360 console and shouldn't cause any problems but if it does the manual will tell you everything you need to know. At the thin end of the hard drive is a clip in which you press to put the hard drive on the Xbox 360 and to take it off. It literally clicks in to where its meant to go. Xbox 360's can be placed on their side (recommended) or you can stand them up. Hard drives simply slot into the top of the console or on the left side if you choose to lay the console down. It is recommended to lay the console flat because of the RROD. Changing hard drive obviously voids your warranty. Overall I like the look and feel of the hard drive and I also love how easy it is to fit.
=== PRICES ===
Hard drive prices are always different everywhere you go. I would always recommend getting a hard drive from one of your local game shops and NEVER buy them second hand. I was lucky enough to get mine as a gift which was obviously brand new. However different sizes have different prices. The 20GB hard drive is really cheap now as is the 60GB. The 120GB hard drive is a little expensive and may put some people off. For a brand new 120GB hard drive your looking at around £60-£70 depending where you purchase it from. I always choose Gamestation over Game because everything is cheaper. eBay and Amazon sell the 120GB hard drive for around the £70 mark but for a second hand one you can pick them up for as little as £40. I wouldn't suggest a second hand one though because although they test them before selling them it doesn't actually mean its fully working. I think the price is reasonable but most will see it as expensive.
=== PROS ===
*You can store a lot of music, games, videos and even demos on 120GB.
*Easy to access, easy to sort out and delete unwanted items.
*Easy to fit, feels smooth and actually looks really good.
*Comes in two different colours which are grey and black.
*Different hard drives for different types of gamers.
=== CONS ===
*A little bit pricey just for a hard drive.
*You don't actually get 120GB you get around 114GB.
*Probably not suitable if you don't have Xbox Live.
*Poor instructions manual that comes with it.
*There are cheaper hard drives available.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
The 120GB hard drive is pretty much perfect for me. I just cant see me having to change hard drives ever again. If you was going to store your Xbox 360 games on the hard drive then you could literally fit about 20-30 full Xbox 360 games. The downside to this is that you still have to have the game disc inserted in the console but instead of reading from the disc it actually reads from the hard drive and so it does save scratches or any other damage to your game discs. If you love Xbox Live arcade games then depending on the size of those you could literally fit hundreds of them on a 120GB hard drive. You can also fit probably every music album you have and more and still have lots of space left over.
I would seriously recommend this hard drive if your a regular Xbox Live gamer. I would also recommend if you like to install your games, music etc etc. If you just play offline straight from the game disc then I probably would recommend a smaller hard drive to save some cash. Its a fantastic hard drive but wont suit everyone.
Soon as you have clipped the hard drive onto the Xbox 360 and booted it up to the Xbox 360 dashboard then the hard drive will automatically be found and nothing else is required its as simple as that. My hard drive still looks as good as new after having it a good while. The instructions that come with the hard drive are fairly easy to understand but offers very little help and support. To be honest the hard drive is easy to fit and set up and shouldn't cause anyone any problems.
Has to be the best hard drive I have had and I would give it a solid 9/10!
NOTE: Changing hard drive whilst having games, music and saves means you will have to start all your games again, re-install music and download all your games again. If you paid for games you will be able to get them again free of charge. You can avoid all this with a hard drive transfer kit which is sold separately!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Having received an XBox 360 Arcade as a gift, it was inevitable that I would require a hard drive fairly soon.
I bought this one from a seller on Amazon for about £50 and I am definitely pleased with my purchase. I'd say 120 GB is the right amount of memory that you'll need for your 360, especially if you want to upload music, pictures etc as well as save games on it as I have. Anything lower (I believe the next lowest down is the 60 GB, which isn't enough) just wouldn't be sufficient.
The device itself is plainly-designed, but it does fit in with the colour scheme of the 360 so it works. I liked how my hard drive was easy to fit into my 360 (there's no installation - it really is as simple as plugging it in and playing) and it fits in so well with the overall console design that I don't even notice it's there.
My only problem with the hard drive was that the one I purchased actually came with about 15 GB less than the 120 GB promised. This could just be down to the seller on Amazon I bought it from though and 105 GB is still enough to last a console its life-time. The only other real issue I have is with Microsoft itself: you shouldn't have to buy a 120 GB hard drive in the first place and I stand my ground in saying that all 360s should have a decent hard drive included - those that don't are just a sly way of getting unknowledgeable parents to part with more money in order for their kids to actually play their own consoles. That's my rant over...
The price of the hard drive is a fair chunk of change, but it is definitely worth it. The best price at the moment is apparently £55 on Amazon, but you can go cheaper if you get one pre-owned (which I wouldn't recommend). All in all, I would recommend this, though I deduct one star for the simple fact that modern-day consoles shouldn't have to require additional memory hardware in the first place!
Perhaps a major drawback for the XBOX 360 was that unlike its main rival the PS3, it did not have an internal HD. Original packages were in some cases sold without one, which is quite puzzling, bearing in mind you could not save your gaiming progress without one. Purchasing either 20GB, 60GB oe 120GB units could be a costly business, although the lucky ones who picked up the Elite version of the Xbox 360 found they recieved 120GB Hard Drive in their package.
Measuring 33cm x 18cm x 8cm and covered in a toughened gunmetal grey plastic with the Xbox 360 logo seal on top. It plugs in to your console via a small protrusion underneath. It clicks into place and can be removed by pressing the button located on its leading edge. A simple operation. Access by the machine is done in olny a couple of seconds, if that.
Despite the inital comment reagrding lack of an internal hard drive, it is a good idea to have the Hard Drive as a seperate. You can swap units with other players and be able to access games and levels or achievements. You could have different hard drives for different media downloads from the Xbox Live market place,music or films for example.
They are well built and so far I have not had a problem with mine, despite its advancing years. Simple in the extreme, it is pure plug and play technology. Perhaps a little pricey and seen as a cynical selling point to have to pay extra for something that should be standard, nonetheless it is an essential and it hasd enogh capacity for even the most dedicated of Xbox user.
I picked this unit up and an upgrade to by 20 gig unit. I found that with ablity to install games to the hard drive the 20 gig will filling up fast. In the pack you get the following
120 Hard drive
Its not the cheapest unit in the world but Microsoft have made use that if you want a bigger hard drive then you have to but from them. The transfer kit I found was very easy to use. All you go is plug in the new HD connect the other one using the transfer cable put the disc in the drive and away you go. It takes about an hour to transfer all my data from the 20 gig to the 120 gig. After it is done the 20gig is blank so you can sell it on. The 120 is grey in colour so it matches right in with the white 360 console, it is a direct replacement so it fits right in the space left from the smaller HD. The price is the biggest down side, considering the price off other drives this one works out very expensive
As I explained in my other review, a 20GB hard drive is actually only 14GB and so it fills up quicker than you would have thought. Therefore, upgrading to a 120GB HDD might be useful for you and apart from the memory size there is no difference in design.
You can transfer all your old data onto this new hard drive with a data transfer kit that Microsoft send out. You can only transfer data from a smaller HDD to a larger one with this kit. This saves the hassle of transferring the licences of the downloads and having to re-download everything.
There is a 60GB hard drive which also comes in a starter kit with 3 months of Live and a headset which I think is a better deal than this. You're not really going to fill 60GB so 120GB is a little ridiculous but if you use the 360 to download a lot of things which take up large amounts of space such as demos and Arcade games then the 120GB may be more suitable.
The price has been dropped and it used to be a little over £100 so you were paying around £1 per GB (as you don't actually get the full 120GB of memory) but you can now get these hard drives for around £65 - £75 which is a very reasonable price.
The Xbox 360 is arguably the best gaming console currently available on the market. In many peoples opinions, the console has the best library of games, both visually stunning and friendly for all the family, along with over 300 games now available to the public. Unfortunately all these games take up a large amount of storage space, and up until recent times, us 360 owners have struggled with only a 20GB hard drive being available. Microsoft now offers us a 120GB hard drive to attach to our Xbox 360 consoles, so is it worth upgrading for the extra space?
The 120GB hard drive comes with what is known as the Xbox 360 Elite console. The Elite console is basically an Xbox 360 coloured black and with a bigger hard drive, and this usually retails at around £220. The other alternative to acquiring the 120GB hard drive is to purchase one at a shop or on the internet; but unfortunately for a hefty price tag. The best price I could find on the internet is £65 from Amazon.co.uk with its rival Play.com offering the device for £73.99. Most local shops sell the hard drive for approximately £80. If you consider the fact that you can buy a 500GB hard drive for your PC for easily under £100, a £65 price tag for only 120GB of storage space seems a bit harsh.
Do I actually need 120GB of storage space I hear you think? Well, you actually only get approximately 113GB of space seeing the Xbox 360's operating system cheekily takes up 7GB of storage; a misleading title seeing you don't actually receive 120GB of space. So what will take up all this space? You've got your basic saved game files which allow you to return to a certain point in a game and save data, but these are usually very small amounts and won't cut in to your space at all. I used to own the standard 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive and still had 11GB of space left out of 13GB which just saved files; and that's with a lot of played games...
Saved games won't be a concern of yours and therefore you only need to consider the 120GB hard drive if you participate in either of the following procedures. Firstly, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console allows you to store your music on the hard drive and play the music from the Xbox 360. This can be useful if your TV has a superior sound system to your PC, or if you wish to listen to your favourite tunes whilst playing a game at the same time. The majority of people have a pretty big music collection these days and therefore need a large amount of storage space, and this is where the 120GB hard drive could come in useful.
After a recent update from Microsoft, you can now install your games to the consoles hard drive. Running games from the hard drive takes pressure off the consoles disk drive due to the disc not spinning and also makes loading times during games significantly faster. Unfortunately installing games takes up on average 6GB of storage space per game. If you own the standard 20GB hard drive supplied with normal 360 consoles, you actually only receive 13GB of space due to the operating system's 7GB usage and therefore you could only install a maximum of 2 games on the hard drive. Installing games is highly recommended due to making the system run more efficiently, and as a result, a larger hard drive is a must.
The 120GB version of the hard drive is currently only available in the colour black. This matches the Xbox 360 Elite console perfectly whilst also looking fine when attached to the normal white console. Fortunately the strong black colour does not look out of place due to the original hard drive already being grey.
The only negative point I can say about the 120GB hard drive is the annoying amount of difficulty it takes to transfer your gaming profile, music and saved game files over from your original hard drive over to your new 120GB hard drive. To complete this process, you need either a "transfer cable" which you can acquire from Microsoft, a memory card which you can purchase in shops or recovering your profile whilst logged in to Xbox Live. You have to phone up or write to Microsoft and ask them to send you a transfer cable, which although is free, can take a very long time; some people have reported it took their transfer cable over a month to arrive from Microsoft.
The largest memory card available for the Xbox 360 is 256MB of storage and therefore not very much at all. If you have many files to transfer over, you can imagine this taking an extremely long time to complete and the experience being a very tedious one. The other alternative to retrieve your profile is to "recover" it from Xbox Live. This is where you simply type in your details on the Xbox whilst connected to the internet and your profile will transfer back to your console and on to your new hard drive. However, if you have had your profile for more than a couple of months and have a lot of detail on there and gained a lot of achievements, this process can take hours to complete; and therefore is not ideal.
If you want to install games or store music on your Xbox 360, the 120GB hard drive is a must own. The £65 price tag might seem a bit steep in comparison to other hard drives on the market, but unfortunately this is the only hard drive compatible with the Xbox 360. If you can borrow a friends transfer cable or receive one in good time from Microsoft, the 120GB hard drive is highly recommended and a must for dedicated gamers.
Many people say you need one of these to connect to Xbnox live - now this is simply not true, but unless you have a hardrive you will be missing out on some great xbox live features! You wont be able to fit many demos,movies or songs on your little 64mb memory card. So sooner or later everyone decides to upgrade.
Now this is the biggest hard drive at 120gb, not everyone will need this much space. These hard drives also come in 20gb and 60gb, but if your a geek like me you will want the 120GB!
The hard drive is pretty slim and sleek, it doesnt weigh much so its easy to take round a friends house. Its easy to set up... there is no set up, clip it onto your xbox and then save your games, it really is that simple. I couldn't believe it when I first got it I thought it would be a problem to set up (like most microsoft accessories!).
The hardrive is fairly hard wearing, mine has survived a few bumps and scratches... and my xbox deciding it didnt like standing horizontal and wanted to go vertical... dont ask.
The 120gb hardrive costs around £80 which is alright but when you consider you can get 200gb hardrives for PC's for £50 its not so great.
In Summary, if you want to download lots of demo's and Movies then this is an essential purchase.
This is a big rip-off, charging this much for a 2.5 HDD is outrageous, specially when it's only compatible with the Xbox 360. Everyone that has bought a 2.5 HDD knows that for this price you can buy a 2.5 500GB external HDD, so why doesn't microsoft just release a 500GB HDD for their system for this price instead of a 120GB HDD, it makes no sense it's just a rip-off, there is NO way that the 360 can't handle less that 500GB.My only problem really is the price, the drives aren't bad in quality, but other drives that do the same are of the same quality and not as pricy, it's only a matter of Microsoft releasing their own HDD for the same price it's not impossible.
Expand your Xbox 360 experience with downloadable content. Save your games, Xbox Live gamer profile, game demos, and custom soundtracks from your own music collection. The Xbox 360 Hard Drive also lets you play an array of original Xbox games and even comes preloaded with an Xbox Live Arcade game, music, and videos.