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OG XBOX MODS: Sata Hard drive upgrade Information

May 17, 2017 Jon 17 Comments

Explaining how to use a sata hard drive in an Original Xbox. Whats required. The risk. Then after retain the knowledge go and follow up on a xbox hard drive upgrade video.


How to install/Upgrade a sata hard drive in an xbox original


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The Sata To IDE adapter:
The 80Wire IDE Cable:


Everything i have said in the video but short and in text:

This video tells you what is required to install a Sata Hard drive into a Modified Original XBox. Personally i found no upgrade videos speak about sata hard drives enough. and if they do they don’t tell you about the adapters or how to stay safe.

The adapters need a master/Slave pin header, two black capacitors and to be green and long like above. Others may work but these ones work every time.. they are very cheap which means you need to tape up the bare solder points for the molex.

The ide cable also needs to be an 80 wire cable to start.

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  1. Clee VonDeath
    May 17, 2017 - 6:07 pm

    Dude, I have been having issues with this for years, but I never thought to swap the IDE cable when a failure happens. Thank you so very much, now I can really load up my system. Cheers!

  2. maiki60fps
    May 17, 2017 - 6:37 pm

    I also have a feeling that in order to get rid of any issues, you should really have a modchip installed. I have no experience with soft modding but it may cause troubles like long lags during booting or any other device detection problems – perhaps realted to locked HDD… All I can say is: with DuoX2 and Xecuter I have no troubles whatsoever, and I do not even need to worry about master/slave jumpers. The only thing that did matter was to use 80 wire cables since 40 wire ones would not boot with Agestar STI-2 SATA PATA adapter.

  3. maiki60fps
    May 17, 2017 - 7:34 pm

    This seems to be today's choice for Xbox. In late 2015 I bought Agestar STI-2 adapters from DX.COM which even have a isolation layer applied, but they no longer sell them and it looks like they replaced them with this exact model. So this has to be the right choice now. Whether you like it or not, there will be a need for SATA drives, being either traditional or SSD. PATA has disappeared completely not to mention the prices.

  4. MrFuckin Whiting
    May 17, 2017 - 8:19 pm

    I just cloned my 1tb sata with chimp, everything went fine until i got the error 16, then 21 message. YES i have the stock 40 wire IDE ribbon. If i get the 80 wire will these errors still show or do you know if the cable swap will make it all better? Noticed my stock hard drive isn't booting the xbox up now as well.

  5. TuthHurts911411
    May 17, 2017 - 8:54 pm

    At this point you better off Tsop you box to make move to SATA easier-once you have unlock you can clone your HD with Raw-copy tool and a dock over to SATA.

  6. Game-Heure
    May 17, 2017 - 9:53 pm

    Here's how to fold an 80 pins ide connector for the sata hard drive upgrade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzYaKbfWQ44

  7. Mark Arnold
    May 17, 2017 - 10:52 pm

    I bought the SATA adapter and 80 pin IDE cable from the video, and I am having issues getting Chimp to detect the SATA drive. I set the jumper on the adapter to the slave setting. can someone confirm that is what the adapter should be set to? I've tried repeatedly with no success.

  8. 411DL
    May 17, 2017 - 11:34 pm

    What drive series have you had the most success with? I've seen you using a Western Digital Blue in another video.
    -edit By the way, are you editing the eeproms to make all your Xbox HDD and Motherboards cross-swappable?

  9. C Enloe
    May 18, 2017 - 1:27 am

    nice video, u could also use a low temperature hot glue gun instead of electrical tape

  10. B**tery Toast
    May 18, 2017 - 2:03 am

    So I picked up a WD Blue HDD with sata. I noticed in the video you said the standard IDE cable might work with 300gb or lower. Mine is 320gb. Would you say its ok to use the 40 wire in the Xbox even with a 20gb difference or stay safe and pick up an 80 wire?

  11. Djinn!
    May 18, 2017 - 2:58 am

    No need for lockable drives when you have a modchip. So for the people having a modchip you can use any HDD till 2tb

  12. Killer Consoles
    May 18, 2017 - 3:26 am

    I used an old psu to power the second hdd

  13. Daniel Antonik
    May 18, 2017 - 3:47 am

    H**lo, nice video
    I have mod xbox, alladin xt evo, and I added 250 sata hdd with the adapter works but I can not create a partition G, the partition is visible but has 0 mb ???
    I not changed "80 wire" or it may be the reason ??

  14. Jason Price
    May 18, 2017 - 4:38 am

    H**lo. I tried this with a 500 GB SATA SSD and an HDE IDE to SATA adapter and it kind of works. I have a strange issue though. The Xbox hangs and shows a blank screen on boot, and the only way to get into EvoX is to press the eject b**ton on the DVD drive. Then, it boots into EvoX. It only happens with an SSD. With a mechanical SATA drive, it boots straight into EvoX. Anyone know why SSDs would be a problem? I tried it with two different SSDs, different brands and sizes, and hthey both required pressing the eject on the DVD before EvoX would start.

  15. uppermostking02
    May 18, 2017 - 4:53 am

    if anyone is looking to bring the Glory Days of playing online on the original Xbox check out a program called xlink Kai. it's a great program that allows you to play with people around the world online. there's also a great Community called xlink Kai fam on YouTube check them out they also have a Discord server called xlink kai fam. the community is friendly to new people just come on into Discord server and say h**lo. xlink Kai is free all you need is an original Xbox and an ethernet cable.

  16. Armen
    May 18, 2017 - 5:28 am

    Thanks man that was a lot of good information. I got it to work because of this video. Cheers!

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