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Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 120 GB
Member Name: carl_lazarevic
Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 120 GB
Date: 28/03/13, updated on 28/03/13 (33 review reads)
Advantages: User friendly, does what it says on the tin.
Disadvantages: Not cheap!
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.
Summary: The 120 gigs is enough space to satisfy a fairly heavy user without driving the price even higher.
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