How to Flash a Replacement DVD Drive for the Xbox 360

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How to Flash a Replacement DVD Drive for the Xbox 360
SATA cables are used to transfer data between the Xbox 360 DVD drive and the motherboard. (SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from Fotolia.com)

Xbox 360 video game consoles have DVD drives inside that play games and movies. You can buy a replacement DVD drive if the old one fails. You can copy and edit you drive's .BIN firmware file (called "flashing") using freeware software from the Internet. Flashing your new Xbox 360 DVD drive will take about 30 minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • No. 7 Torx screwdriver
  • SATA cable
  • .BIN copy/edit program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Disconnect all cables and accessories from the Xbox 360. Remove the outer plastic faceplate, then unclasp the plastic outer shell of the console. Unscrew the Torx size 7 screws, then slide open the console's metal cover. Unplug the DVD drive's SATA cable and insert your SATA cable from the Xbox 360 DVD drive to your PC's motherboard. Turn on your computer.

  2. 2

    Open a web browser and download JungleFlasher from the developer's website. As of September 2010, JungleFlasher is the most stable Xbox 360 flashing program available. Install the program and run it. Click "Copy .BIN to PC" and the program will begin copying the Xbox 360 replacement DVD drive's firmware for editing on your computer.

  3. 3

    Click "Flash .BIN to Xbox" and select the .BIN file you just copied. Click "OK" and the program will start flashing the replacement DVD drive with edited .BIN firmware. Wait for the copy process to complete, then shut down the computer and disconnect the SATA cable from the PC to the DVD drive. Reconnect all internal Xbox 360 cables, then close the metal interior cover. Rescrew the Torx size 7 screws, replace the outer plastic shell, and return the plastic faceplate to its original position. Reconnect all accessories and cables before using the Xbox 360 again.

Tips and warnings

  • Opening the Xbox 360 will void your warranty. Check with a Microsoft repair centre before attempting to repairs yourself to see if Microsoft will cover your console.

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