How to Remove a Game From a Broken XBox 360 Console

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How to Remove a Game From a Broken XBox 360 Console
Even if your Xbox 360 won't turn on, you can still remove your game. (hard disc image by Bosko Martinovic from

Though older model Xbox 360s have a lifespan of about two years, a broken console doesn't mean that the last game played is lost inside. The Xbox 360 has a manual function to eject the drive and rescue the game; trapped games were an issue with older-generation consoles that featured sliding drives. Your game can be free in a short amount of time without risking permanent damage to your console.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Paper clip

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  1. 1

    Remove the faceplate from the Xbox 360 by opening the flap on the right side of the faceplate where the USB drives are located. Put your finger on the bottom edge of the USB slot and gently pull outward. Put your finger on the top of the slot and lightly pull it toward you. The faceplate should come off easily.

  2. 2

    Microsoft uses three kinds of CD drives, and depending on which one is in yours, the holes you will be looking for are in different areas. Locate the small hole; If you have a Samsung or Toshiba drive use the small hole on the right. It should be right underneath the X on the DVD drive faceplate. Straighten out half of your paper clip and stick it in the hole until you feel it hit something.

  3. 3

    Spin the gear with the paper clip going from left to right until you see the CD drive start to come out. You can pull on it slowly and carefully while still spinning the gear to get your game out.

  4. 4

    Locate the small hole on the left if you are using a Hitatchi DVD drive. The Hitatchi brand will require more effort to spin the gear, but when the CD drive starts to come out you can gently pull on the drive while you spin the gear.

  5. 5

    Push the CD tray back in and replace the faceplate.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not push the paper clip in too hard or you might damage something if you don't hit the gear.
  • Be very gentle when pulling or pushing your CD tray.

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