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I game a lot and my console of choice is usually my Xbox 360. We have two in my house, downstairs an old warn-out larger white console which is where I actually use this hard drive, and in my bedroom my boyfriend's Xbox which he leaves round mine, a newer more up-to-date version (that is until the new console is released, which I believe is happening at the end of May). The older console simply doesn't have the space I require to play the games I like as they tend to be hefty in terms of memory and alone doesn't possess the storage space I require.
Before using the hard drive I had simply stored my game data onto a memory card which slotted into the machine and gave me very little memory space, so getting a separate hard drive to attach to the console was a god send for me. The hard drive gave me the opportunity to experience more Xbox components than I had prior to purchasing, such as the market place where you can play game demos and download trailers. I felt like this added to my overall gaming experience, as well as making me feel more connected particularly when I didn't feel like playing online but could still reap the benefits of the online features.
If you are playing Xbox Live which is the only section of the console, where you can play with friends or random people across the world playing the same game, this hard drive is essential. Well, perhaps not strictly essential but if you desire a fuller gaming experience then I would definitely recommend as it gives you the option to download additional content. For example, I am able to download extra 'maps' when playing Halo/Call of Duty online which gives me much greater variety in my game playing, and means I can be entered into more parties of players.
The hard drive is very easy to set up as you simply slot it into place on either the left side (left of the disk tray if laying flat down) or the top depending on how you stand your Xbox. The storage space is marketed at 20GB but in reality its around 75% of that as some of the space is used in the running of Xbox original games and functions built in straight to the console. Around 13GB is enough for me but it is still quite annoying they are able to steal this extra space (and money!) off of you.
Though I do appreciate the extra components this hard disk allows me to have, it is essentially a rip off. It is marketed at around £50 which I simply wouldn't pay for it, especially now that the console itself is becoming more outdated. I purchased mine used on amazon for around £15 but now you can buy it used for closer to £8 or £9 which I think is much more reasonable. Having stolen 7GB off of you for system files and saves, it seems logical they would charge a less ridiculous price, but Microsoft do like to be extortionate in their pricing. This is why I would only buy this component used, as you can get a similar quality hard drive to one brand new for one-fifth the price.
Overall I would recommend this product to anyone looking to enhance their gaming, although bewarned it is expensive brand new and you will be robbed of space. I do think Microsoft should be a lot more upfront in this but they weren't (or at least I was so caught up in my brand new 'thingy' I simply didn't notice lol!) and this did leave me grumbling a little. I can play without having to trawl through old data searching for space and haven't yet receieved any warning or error messages (as so often is the case with Xbox products) and it has served me well in the time I've had it, which is well over a year now. For those who are more experienced gamers the space may not be enough, but for me it has served me well. Additionally it runs very well on my aging console downstairs, which has got to be around 6 years old now, which was a worry of mine when I purchased it. I would rate it only 3 stars however because of the capacity isn't huge for the price they charge, and for those who game more often than me may be left wanting more.
-When I bought this Product-
I first received an Xbox 360 for Christmas 2007 (I think it was 2007, I'm not a 100% sure), and almost immediately realized that I would need a hard drive as a 256mb memory card would nowhere near enough storage for my save games (I believe this was before they introduced being able to install games to the hard drive).
I started looking around at Hard Drives and found that I wouldn't be able to just buy a standard hard drive and fit it to the console, I knew straight away I would have to shell out for Microsoft's expensive option (although not as expensive as the bigger hard drives).
I paid roughly £70 from GAME for it at the time (I don't know the exact price as I bought something else at the same time so I only see the total amount I spent that day)
At the time I bought this hard drive it was before they introduced being able to install games to the hard drive (this feature came about a year later according information I found online) so there were fairly limited options on what you could do with it.
This hard drive can be used to download game demos from Xbox Live, you can also download games that you may have paid for as long as you have the room on your hard drive.
You can also store your saves on the hard drive to save room on the memory card you may have had when you first received your console, you can also store your own music on it to play as part of a custom soundtrack during game play.
As of November 2008 this hard drive can also be used to install games to your hard drive which helps save wear and tear on the components inside the 360, it also helps the Xbox run quieter as the console doesn't have to read from the DVD all the time.
This hard drive is basically just a laptop hard drive installed in a plastic shell which makes it harder for upgrading later on as you would have to buy a very specific hard drive model and size, it would then have to be flashed using software on a pc which could be very difficult to do.
As mentioned above upgrading to a bigger hard drive through the official means would be expensive, although this was when the hard drives were new, nowadays you could easily buy a second hand hard drive from a store such as CEX for as little as £10 depending on the size of the hard drive.
If you own an original style Xbox 360 console this hard drive (not necessarily this size though) would be a very useful investment. If you own the newer slim style Xbox this hard drive isn't suitable straight out of the box but can be inserted into the slot on the side of the Xbox (I would highly recommend buying a plastic case to make it a lot easier as they cost less than £5 from sites such as Ebay).
Due to the disadvantages mentioned above I will be giving this a 3/5 rating, if it was easier to replace the hard drive (without having to use a specific type of drive or annoying installation methods), overall this is a worthy investment if you have an original style Xbox (they are available dirt cheap from various second hand stores nowadays).
I've been a big fan of video games since childhood and when the big three released their new 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 not been tempted to upgrade. It was only after gaming on my friends newer consoles that I realised my version is clearly outdated and the main cause of this problem lies within the hard drive. 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.
The original Microsoft Xbox 360 console was released 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's not unusual to find external hard drive storage weighing in at a whopping 1TB these days. I have recently chosen to upgrade my Xbox 360 hard drive rather than purchasing a whole new console, and thought I should give a fair review of my previous hard drive which has served me well over the years. Because this came as standard within my original console package I did not have to purchase it as an individual component. The RRP for an official Microsoft Xbox 360 20GB Hard Drive is £39.99, which I feel is overpriced, particularly when considering that an official Microsoft Xbox 360 120GB Hard Drive is around £79.99 so you get 6 times the storage space for just double the price. You can pick up a preowned 20GB hard drive unit for less than £10.00, and I was offered a trade in value of £4.00 for my old one, which I declined as I preferred to keep my old unit as a backup / spare.
Product description: "Expand your Xbox 360 experience with downloaded 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."
The hard drive unit is a small little block that neatly slots in and out of the front side of the console. Mine is a light shade of grey in keeping with the white and grey accents from the original colour scheme. It came fitted into the console when I first bought it so I did not need to do anything to set it up, and I was simply ready to start playing games! The 20GB hard drive is actually a little misleading, as a full 7GB is already spoken for in terms of formatting, drivers and system files etc. This gives you a total of 13GB leftover to work with, and as soon as I hooked my Xbox 360 up to the internet I found that the amount of space I had on my hard drive rapidly dwindled, until my most recent Arcade game download where I was left with a few measly MBs remaining and then I panicked and realised that this hard drive was no longer sufficient for my needs. 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 in MB/GB this amounts to, so it was no surprise that my hard drive was getting full as I was able to see this amount frequently and know exactly how much space was left over. Everything that you can access via the Xbox Home pages will use up some of that space and even though I like to keep my hard drive clean and up to date, the amount of games and applications I was running became too much. 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 also a big 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 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 also found a few great games through the Xbox Marketplace, and downloading these has taken around 2GB of space each time, so in order to continue getting new game downloads through the Marketplace it was obvious that I would need more storage space.
Considering that I have had the console for about 7 years, and only started using it with my wireless internet connection about 18 months ago, I would have to say it has performed perfectly so far. If you are just going to use your Xbox to play games and only need the storage space for save game records then this 20GB hard drive will probably be enough to see you through. It's only since I got more into using my Xbox Live Account and discovered some great download-only games and add-on content that I've really started eating away at the memory space. 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. Here, you can delete any outdated information that is no longer required. By viewing the information and file sizes, I decided to delete some of my old avatar items which were not really ever going to be used, and this freed up some extra space which was essentially just being wasted on pointless items. I also noticed that there were some applications I had downloaded but never used, so once again these were deleted straight away. You are also given the option to copy and move data, which I have done before to transfer save games onto a portable memory unit so I can continue with previous game progress through a friend's console. The 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 information for years without any problems or errors. 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 access/move/delete this as necessary. The only problem which I am now experiencing is that it has become outdated in terms of size, and I require a larger storage space to allow for the way in which I use my Xbox features. I can definitely recommend this hard drive unit in terms of performance, ease of use and reliability. However, based on price and value for money I think it makes more sense to purchase the larger 120GB hard drive if you need a replacement.
I have had my Xbox 360 for roughly 4 years, and I have never had anything but fun with it!
First off, whilst I may not have used my console to its full capacity (as of yet) it has been nothing but plain sailing. Its very easy to set up, you get the choice of using a scart connection to your TV or a HD version using a HDMI lead. Usually you will get one controller with the console as standard. Some shops (if not all) do bundle deals, where you can usually get an extra controller or a game as part of a discounted price. The other thing to think about is second hand controllers. I now have 2 controllers as I bought my second in Blockbuster second hand fairly cheap. You can get wireless or wired controllers, wired being better for long gaming sessions as you don't need to worry about your battery dying! The wireless are better if you sit fairly far from the screen, or want more portability. You can also buy a plug and play kit, which I think it pretty essential, as if your battery starts to die mid game, you can plug it in and carry on playing while it charges up.
The menu system is pretty easy to navigate, and has capability for connecting to the web if you have a WIFI dongle attached. You can send messages, chat online, download films, music, etc etc but you have to pay for a subscription, and points, something which consoles like a PS3 wouldn't as it's free to join the PSN.
Some games you can only buy for the XBOX 360, like Viva Pinata (a kids game where you make your own garden with cute Pinatas running about in, and you have to keep them safe and happy), to games such as Fable on which you play either a good or evil character set in a sort of medieval DND type setting.
The negatives... It doesn't have built in WIFI, so you can spend up to £70 on just a dongle to get you online...then you have to buy XBOX Live Membership, then you have to buy points to be able to buy things. It can over heat if played for a very long period, and can also cause ring burn in the disks if you stand your console on its side. There was also a fault with the console, if overused, to get the "red ring of death" which means the lights on the front go red, and it dies (game over!). Also with only 20GB on board, you wouldn't be able to save too much if you are a seasoned gamer. It can also be a little noisy with the fan on the console.
@ About @
I bought this hard drive when I got my core system 4 years ago, and I have been regretting my purchase with a few file corruptions up which have caused me to loose data which I can't get back - saved games and progress within DLC. Not to mention 1 red ring multiple times.
The hard drive clips down via two retractable clips at the front, and slots in at the back of the console to provide extra stability. When you kick the console over so it lays flat, the hard drive stays in place. It does not wiggle or move around once in either. The hard drive can easily be removed once again by pressing the button down on the top and then just lifting it out. It's made out of plastic with a small metal strip running across the top which tells you the actual storage space of the drive in white writing.
The problem I have with this is that the drive only holds 13.9GB of data because the console reserves the remaining 6.1GB for itself. Seems a little bit of a rip off when it's advertised that it can hold 20GB
@ In Use @
My Xbox 360 recognises the hard drive immediately when you switch it on as a registered Microsoft product under the storage menu. It appears with the Microsoft logo and displays the total capacity left on the hard drive. You can rename the hard drive whatever you like, and also fully change what you store on the drive such as deleting media updates for your console and downloads to connect your iPod. If you don't have an iPod, the console lets you delete the update and make space.
When you get to game menus you can select which device to Save to, making it fully assignable to your content. You can store games on one hard drive, movies on another or split them up on one hard drive. In the memory menus the hard drive sorts itself between files - you won't find your music in the same files as games, since it has different files for system, music, games, demos and music. Very easy to navigate and change files.
@ Build Quality @
Like many problems with Microsoft products, they go wrong quickly and this is no exception. I have had corrupted data all over the hard drive before now with it not saving games even though I turned the console off after it had told me to save, and also 1 red ring which was caused by the hard drive.
Luckily I managed the fix the problem at home and it was just a case of constantly refitting the hard drive over and over. This happened for days and I got absolutely sick of it. Most of the file corrupting started within six months and the red ring fault has happened occasionally from last year until now.
@ Overall @
This is another example of Microsoft being greedy. They make you pay out for the only hard drive you can use for your console, don't give you as much space to use as advertised and then it breaks down constantly. Luckily Microsoft have now produced a system update that lets you use pen drives instead. I would not recommend buying this hard drive and instead getting a pen drive and using that to store data instead. It will be cheaper, and more reliable.
If you are a hardcore gamer and you own an XBox, it won't be long until you run out of memory on the feeble little memory cards Microsoft provide you with (unless of course you are a new generation of 360 owner with your posh built in memory!!..
So what's the answer?...an additional hard-drive to add to your 360! Instant and easy expansion of you memory.
All that is required is to simply remove the cover from the side of your 360 and attach the hard drive and your system will take care of the rest!
Now, how much can you really review a hard drive?!!..well, not much really, it's memory for your 360 and that's that really, but I must say, this review is only for a 20GB version and if you are a keen gamer, you use XBox Live, you have several users of your 360 (I'm thinking families here) then would this be enough?..probably not, once someone starts downloading games etc it really wouldn't last too long, so what's the answer?
Well, for the price that you pay for a 20GB version, for an additional £40 or there abouts you could up the memory by over 1000%!!
I would suggest that if you feel the need to have such additional memory then you may as well go the whole way and buy a 250GB version or similar and also consider buying via a popular auction website or similar to save yourself a bit of cash!
All in all, these hard drives are definately needed if you take your gaming seriously, if you are simply a casual 360 user or do not use LIVE, then save your money.
This really is for anyone who buys the arcade version of the Xbox rather than the elite or premium versions, as they both come with more than enough storage.
This is the smaller 20gb hard drive, but you can also purchase the 120gb storage unit, if you prefer, which I have since done, as 20gb wasn't enough for me.
I bought mine for £49.99 in PC World 3 years ago, however, thankfully and quite rightly prices have dropped somewhat since then, its now possible to buy a drive for £23.99 on Amazon.
It is a small, fairly decent looking piece of kit, black and silver in a sleek looking format, its not bulky and doesn't need to showcase who made it, so it looks good on your xbox.
How do you fit it?
Place it on top of the console in the position allotted for additional memory and then follow the instructions to allow it to format etc, it is a fairly simple process although the formatting does take a while.
What can I store on it?
You can store anything you download on the xbox, music, films, saved games and game downloads, it is easy to save them you then choose whether to save them to your xbox directly or to your hard drive.
Is it worth it?
For me, at £50, it really wasn't worth it, as formatting alone takes around 7gb of the 20gb space, once I'd saved a load of games, it seemed almost full and I wanted to keep them, so was left with a choice of how to maintain the free 3gb of space. My solution was to buy the 120gb hard drive, as I felt this was better value now and offered me the chance to download and save for ages without fear of using the whole memory up.
It comes with Hecix HD, a game, which being honest I've tried once and it wasn't for me, so its not going to push you one way or the other to buy it.
I would recommend this unit, for people who don't want to download much media, simply want to save their social gaming from time to time, if you use it any more often, you really should consider one of the bigger drives. Unfortunately it is a captive market and it does disappoint when you look at 1TB PC Hard drives costing £49.99 and compare to this slightly limp amount of memory.
Overall it functions perfectly and looks good, but it made me realise that it really would have made sense in the first instance to buy an Xbox with more memory, rather than buy this and then have to upgrade because it doesn't hold enough memory to do anything substantial.
Back in the old days, most consoles came with built in hard drives where your data would be saved, or you had to use memory cards or extra storage devices. Sometimes your games were even saved onto the discs themselves such on handheld consoles. With the Xbox 360, there is an external hard drive that can be replaced and you can buy different sizes. I am reviewing the 20 GB version although you can even buy an enormous 120 GB one.
I am certainly not a massive gamer - I only really have time for it in the summer when I don't have to study much! Despite this, I still find the 20 GB hard drive a bit small. I don't have loads of games - about 14 Xbox 360 ones and a few original Xbox ones.
The hard drive comes in a plastic box, which is as usual a bit hard to cut into so take care. However the hard drive is so large, you can easily grab it and pull it out without worrying about breaking it. Once you've got it out, it simply clips onto the top side of the Xbox 360. You push one side in first and click down the other. To release it, you simply press the little button down on the side it clicks and this ejects it.
The hard drive has a simple design - it's grey with a silver part on the top that has 'HD' on it. Once it's plugged in, you should switch on the Xbox and only then will it recognise it. You can then view it in the menus through your game saves, demos, videos, music and more. It's used to save everything and its space can fill up unreasonably quickly! I genuinely don't think the 20 GB version is large enough.
There's not much else to say about this product. The loading times differ from game to game and some games take a while to save or load: notably Forza Motorsport 3, which I find a real pain! You will get this hard drive with the standard console or a 120 GB version with the black Elite console. The 120 GB one is a lot more suitable at 6 times the size of this one and I'd recommend the larger one for most gamers!
Thanks for reading!
Firstly, it should be noted that this 20GB hard drive only gives about 13GB for actually use.
I first got a 20GB hard drive for my xbox 360 shortly after the consoles was released. At the time it was the largest storage devices available for the console and it seemed to me that I would never need another hard drive for my xbox 360. I stored my game saves, game demos and some videos on the hard drive. However, as time went on it became more and more apparent that 20 GB was just not going tom be enough.
The Xbox 360 gained the function of being able to install games on to the hard drive meaning that the consoles was significantly quieter when in use. Additionally more and more downloadable content became available including game add ons and full games.
Eventually it got to the point where I had to buy a 60GB hard drive meaning I had to spend again. It is now approaching the point where I need even more space so I may buy another larger hard drive again. My advise would be to buy at least 60GB when getting a hard drive for the xbox 360.
When i first got my xbox 360 console back in the day i made what i thought was the 'sensible' choice and purchasing the arcade version of the console, at the time i was unaware just how much memory storage the console required, i simply figured that if the console came with a 64MB memory stick then this would be sufficient and the consoles with the 20GB+ hard drives were just for luxuries such as putting music on and videos etc.
I soon found that if you intended on saving a few games and creating an account on the new xbox experience that 64MB wouldn't last long!
After a few weeks of getting constant reminders to up my memory to be able to save my games, i finally decided to venture out and purchase an upgrade, little did i know just how much i was going to have to fork out! I have recently just gone out and purchased a 1TB for my mac and spent £59.99 so i figured a 20GB hard drive for the xbox would be a fraction of that......i was wrong.....
To my surprise the 20GB hard drive retailed at £49.99!? i was annoyed at the price but didn't have much choice in the matter! I ended up buying the hard drive from Game retail for the standard price.
The hard drive is really quite bulky and not too pretty before being inserted into the console itself! The hard drive is simple to install to the console, it simply pops into the top of the console and is instantly ready to go! Anything that you may have on a smaller memory device is simply transferred to the new hard drive via the settings window.
The device does allow you to perform a lot more functions on your console but it is a real let down about the price! Much like most of the other xbox 360 accessories it is the only compatible option, and to be honest, the only one that will fit! so all of us are forced to buying one sooner or later!
My advice to others would be to get a deal on a console package which comes inclusive with a hard drive and you will save a fortune!
Stars lot for price!
If you own an X-Box 360 Arcade console then you will definitely at some point need to at least this 20 Gigabyte hard drive. Despite the Arcade console coming with a 256 Megabyte memory unit, even two of these together is not sufficient enough memory to download all the updates that you will need. Providing the memory units in the first place is only really so that users can store their saved games until they do upgrade to a hard drive.
Personally I would recommend trying to buy one of these X-Box 360 20GB hard drives second hand if possible, though they are available brand new at the hefty cost of anything between £40 - £70. I managed to pick one up on eBay for about £25. The reason I recommend buying second hand is because considering the price the plastic casing that surrounds the hard drive actually feels quite cheap and flimsy. It also breaks easily despite being quite thick. However, when buying second hand you should ensure that buying the official X-Box 360 hard drive.
In terms of functionality the hard drive couldn't be any easier to use. There are no wires, just a plug that slots into the USB slot on the side of your console, underneath the removable cover. It simply clips on. However, there is one major dissapointment with the 20GB hard drive - and that's the fact that you only get to use 13GB of the space yourself. The rest is reserved for system use. Being exposed on the side of the console can also subject the hard drive to a few knocks here and there.
Generally 13GB is plenty of space, it's enough to download and play demos of brand new games and store music and saved games and maybe a few high definition video clips. Once you've finished playing a demo you're only going to delete in anyway which will free up more room.
So while the X-Box 360 hard drive retails for a fairly pricey cost, it can picked up for a much more reasonable price second hand and it really is necessary to have one if you want to get the most out of your console.
This hard drive came with the Xbox 360 when I bought it and to be honest if you have an Xbox 360 you really need a hard drive to get by. I think the memory cards are pretty useless, aprt from being able to use your profile anywhere. The minimum I believe you can buy is 20GB but if all you are doing is saving games, storing music, downloading game demos then you should just buy this hard drive. BUT if you want to install games to the hard drive then you need to get a bigger HDD because all I have managed to do is install two games onto it, which is useless if you have more than two games that you play very regularly. Also you will need a bigger hard drive if you are going to be downlading HD movies from the marketplace. Without jinxing myself, mine has yet to fail on me and I have had it for nearly 3 years now. Overall you really need this as a bare minimum, they sell them for around £40 in the gaming stores but I think the lowest I have seen online is about £20, so the choice is up to you where you get it from.
If you own an Xbox 360 another thing you really do need if you want to enjoy it is a hard drive. The smallest hard drive is 20gb so you really do need to buy this product or the bigger 120gb hard drive to save everything. If you buy an elite or premium console you do not need to worry about buying a hard drive as premium comes with 60gb and an elite comes with 120gb.
The hard drive can store up to 20gb worth of stuff whether it be games saves, movies, music, downloads. One problem though is when you actually get your Xbox and turn it on you will find 7gb has already gone which is a shame!
The hard drive is quite bulky but just fits perfectly on the top of the console and does look quite nice there. It is also very easy to remove so if you had to buy another xbox 360 or borrowed one for a month you can just put your hard drive on the new Xbox 360 and you are ready to go with all your saved files!
What can you actually put on the hard drive?
The hard drive comes with a free Xbox live arcade game Hexic Hd which is reasonably fun for a little while (and I have reviewed it)
Right firstly you will want to store your game saves but they only take up little space (a few MB!) so you can have as many as them as you could want.
If you have Xbox live you can also download lots more stuff like arcade games, films, videos, updates, extra levels, maps for games, gamer pictures, themes, avatar clothes and much more.
You can also download full games for your Xbox (a great idea but some reason they cost more than they would in the shop, don`t have a manual, box , take up loads of space and cannot be sold on so I would definitely not recommend this!
You can also store music on your Xbox and you simply burn a CD to the hard drive and can listen to music while playing games! So you can listen to heavy metal while playing shooting games or whale sounds if that is your thing! This can be useful if a game has awful music as you simply play your favourite music and the awful sounds are gone!
The hard drive on its own is stupidly expensive so you should just buy a console with a hard drive or maybe try Ebay for one!
Overall, a hard drive makes your Xbox so much better and you have to have one!
The XBox hard drive is a vital piece of equipment if you bought the arcade version which comes with the two 256mb memory sticks. There are bigger hard drives available, 60gb and 120gb, but these are just overkill.
So, what do you need this hard drive for. Well, when I first got my Xbox, I had the game skate. I could play it fine, and the saved game fit on with no trouble. However, when I wanted to save replays, I had no luck and could only fit 1 or 2 on at one time. Also, the game would sometimes not start, saying I did not have sufficient space. This meant I had to constantly remove data off my memory stick to play games and to save games.
The hard drive does not just solve problems, it gives you extra functionality too. You can download downloadable content for your games, which adds new features to your game and you can also download full games off Xbox Live Marketplace. Also, you can put music and movies onto it if you want. However, I would recommend just to plug a USB hard drive in or stream it from your computer.
Even though the hard drive does increase functionality of the Xbox, the prices are very high for only 20gb. If you have an Xbox 360, I recommend to buy the 20gb hard drive. Do not buy the higher ones, because you can get a USB hard drive; which you can still play music and movies off, with a lot more hard drive space.
The Xbox 360 hard drive is pretty much another necessity, as it is required to save games, profile information and everything. Without the hard drive, there is no way of saving data, as the console doesn't have any other memory units built in. The good thing about the hard drive is that you can buy it and just slot it into the side. You don't need to open up your console and it's extremely easy to apply. This means you can even take it to other people's houses as it's very portable and you simply clip it in the side of your Xbox 360.
The hard drive comes in plastic packaging amongst cardboard with the Xbox 360 logo and it clearly says '20 GB Hard Drive'. The packaging is annoyingly hard to open like all the Xbox 360 accessories, so you just have to get scissors or a knife and be vicious. You can't open the box neatly.
The hard drive is dark grey to match many other accessories in the Xbox 360 range. It also has a silver chrome effect on the sides and top. The top has an indent with a chrome silver piece on display that says 'HDD' standing for hard drive disk, which is easy to spot once it's on your Xbox so you know which side the hard drive is. The side of the hard drive has a chrome finish all the way round. The actual thing is around 20cm in length, 8cm in width and 2.5cm deep. A part sticks out underneath the hard drive, as this plugs into a socket on your console.
There is a clip to one side of the hard drive, which will be in line with the console when it's clipped in properly. The bottom has a label showing how it clips in, and that's about it. The hard drive weighs 880g, which isn't light but the console is heavy enough as it is anyway. It is quite compact and barely adds any bulk to your console. It blends in nicely with the design and slots in just perfectly.
The hard drive can be used for many things - pretty much everything that you will use your Xbox 360 for. You can save profiles to it as well as saved games. Your saved games may take up most the space. You can also save gamer pictures and themes from the Xbox Live Marketplace, which take up no more than a few MB themselves. You can also save your music onto the hard drive and create playlists to play whenever. You can save demos and videos on there, which can take up quite a bit of space depending on their size. I like to delete old videos and demos because of this. You can also save arcade games, which are usually no more than 100 MB.
My previous 20 GB hard drive broke. I think the long term damage from a flood we had started to corrode the hard drive. I was not sure whether it was the console or something else that was wrong as games started messing up and not loading my files. I figured it could be the hard drive so took it out and saw through underneath that the metal had gone rusty. I bought a new one, second hand, and it worked just fine.
The hard drive is very easy to slot into place. It goes on the left side of your console if it's lying down, or the top if it's upright. You simply push it to one side and then push it down until it clips. The bad thing with the hard drive is that you don't get 20 GB of space at all. Unknown things immediately take up around 7 GB. Therefore, you get 13 GB of free space on an empty hard drive, which is a bit stupid really. The larger ones are so expensive, and a similar proportion of space is still automatically taken up. You don't have a massive amount of space to store stuff like games. If you are a passionate gamer with many games, this hard drive is simply not big enough. With demos, videos, gamer pictures and themes on top, there is no way you will have enough space.
Price & Availability
You can buy the hardrive either online or offline. The RRP is a rip off at £69.99. You can buy it used and new from amazon.co.uk at just £22.00, which is a lot better. The RRP for a larger 120 GB one is £99.99 but that can be bought on amazon.co.uk at a cheaper price too for £93.79. Luckily, the 20 GB versions comes with the premium console but is not included with the Arcade version. If you buy an Elite console, you will get a 120 GB hard drive included, which is great as well as a unique black console and controller. You can buy the console and hard drive from places like Game, Zavvi and Tesco.
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Overall, it's a necessity for the Xbox 360 and I would recommend buying a premium console that has a hard drive included. If you have the money, buy an Elite console so you get a large enough hard drive. I find the 20 GB versions is a bit too small and it's annoying how they advertise it as 20 GB when 7 GB is automatically taken up. It has a good design that blends in nicely with your console and it doesn't cause much bulkiness either. I would still recommend a larger version as it's not got enough space for a passionate gamer with many games and other content.
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