Xbox 360 Hard Drive (120 GB)

It's a 120GB hard drive, it comes with software and a cable to sync data between two drives, and it stores multimedia content. Its cost however is slightly prohibitive, making it a little hard to swallow even for hardcore gamers.


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The Xbox 360 recently celebrated its first birthday Down Under, and then put another notch on its belt, getting a nice anniversary present with its one millionth piece of software sold. While we're still waiting with bated breath for an announcement from Microsoft Australia on the availability and pricing of the Xbox 360 Elite model (the black version with HDMI and the hard disk we're reviewing here), MS has thrown Aussie Xbox users a bone in the form of the matching black accessories for the Elite, and a new hard disk drive for the storage challenged.

The new drive is primarily targeted at those who purchased a core system pack -- the one without a HDD or wireless controllers. It's also designed as a replacement for the 20GB model found pre-installed on the premium pack 360s and gives users more room for their media.

The 20GB disk drive found on the more expensive model of the Xbox 360 slots into a groove on the top of the console and provides storage space for save games, user-ripped CD audio and the plethora of content available on Xbox LIVE, including: game demos, Xbox LIVE Arcade games, and more.

At a recommended retail price of AU$229.95, the 120GB HDD for the Xbox 360 certainly isn't cheap, and as a point of reference, the retail price of a 5400rpm SATA drive on its own will run you somewhere between AU$85 and AU$120 if you shop around -- about half the cost of this product. Interestingly, even with our strong US dollar exchange rate, we normally pay around twice the US RRP for games. This isn't the case for this hard drive, with US gamers getting stung for US$180 (AU$212).

So what do you get for about half the cost of a new Xbox 360 core console pack? Our kit came with the 120GB hard drive, a transfer cable to connect up and sync your console data, and a DVD with the software to do it. There are only two methods of working it, so you'd have to be a real monkey to bugger it up. Install the hard drive in to the top of your core system, turn on the console and begin using it. Or if you already have a drive installed, plug one end of the cable into the port on the bottom of the new drive and the other into the USB sockets on the front of the console and put in the DVD to begin the transfer.

The software will run automatically from the Xbox dashboard taking you into a transfer menu. The 120GB drive comes preinstalled with Xbox LIVE Arcade game demos and some video content, which is nice if you're installing it as your first HDD. Unfortunately if you're upgrading from the standard 20GB drive, the first thing it wants to do is a quick format, junking all the freebies so you can copy across your profiles and save games. The software did warn us that once transferred you won't be able to copy the data from the 120GB back to the 20GB. Although we can't see any reason you'd want to anyway.

While the 120GB hard drive may seem like a great upgrade -- and at six times the existing capacity it is -- normal users are unlikely to even fill the smaller drive by discriminately downloading content from Xbox LIVE and not storing their entire CD collection on their console. US users have a more legitimate use for the larger drive, as they're able to access movies and television shows through the Xbox LIVE IP TV services. Unless this service rolls out soon in Australia, it's hard to justify the steep retail price of the drive when the 20GB will do the job.

If your sole reason for wanting one is so you can store more multimedia content on the drive, you may also want to consider that the Xbox 360 is able to stream wirelessly and via Ethernet when paired with a PC running either Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player 11. The cost of this unit will buy you the best part of a terabyte of PC hard drive storage you can use to store your content on, and watch remotely using your console as a set top client.

This is by no means a technically flawed product in that it does exactly what it says it will on the box. It's a 120GB hard drive, it comes with software and a cable to sync data between two drives, and it stores multimedia content. Its cost however is slightly prohibitive, making it a little hard to swallow even for hardcore gamers, given the streaming options are already included in the box regardless of your choice of console pack. If you're a gamer who has purchased the core package and now feels the need for space, then you've got two options in the 20GB and 120GB hard drives. If you're a premium console owner with an existing drive, you may want to put those 230 clams towards a couple of new release games, or an armful of stuff hitting the bargain bins.



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The Sicilian Hound posted a comment   

The Good:A hell of a lotta storage

The Bad:Steep price, casual gamers might find it useless

Nice piece of equipment aimed at the hardcore players I presume, now there are 60 gb hdd available which are a bit more sensible (but still overly priced at around $150)
Just beware of the fake hdd floating around ebay because they might cost less than half of a genuine hdd but they won't support backwards compatibility, as it happened to me, and God knows what other problems they will cause you, steer clear of third party drives trust me.

This review is more of a warning not to get stuck with a fake one of these hard drives.

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gameenthusiast posted a review   

The Good:can fully take advantage of the online downloads from xbox live

The Bad:a bit overpriced

A nice, if not overpriced, accessory for the Xbox 360. Plenty of storage space for whatever you are looking to do (music, movies, save games, demos), and it integrates with the 360 exactly as the 20GB drive did. Transferring files from the 20GB to the 120GB was simple and took less than an hour, and all the content from my original drive transferred over properly. I only gave it three stars because I feel it is way overpriced... I bought one because Amazon had it as their deal of the day and I saved forty bucks off the regular price. MS is kind of taking advantage of users by making their HD proprietary. It would be much better if we could just attach external HD's via USB.
Btw,I have used this one for stuff ... http://www.gameyeeeah.com/ . ...
Hope that helps …

 

phillip posted a comment   

The Good:can save more games

The Bad:expensive

wait till it gets cheaper

 

120 GbHDD 4 me posted a comment   

dont understand why your previous posters can this product, given you can install games to the HDD and play them.

Mr. Awesome
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Mr. Awesome posted a review   

The Good:Tons of space,(you'll probably never use it all up.)
Can transfer data from old HDD.

The Bad:Way too expensive.
Won't use up half of the space.
Cheaper to buy Elite console.

You don't really need this HDD. It costs about 3 times what the PC equivalent does. Are you really going to fill up 120GB with Xbox live downloads and music?Also, the 120GB drive comes standard on the Xbox 360 Elite console($700-$750), if you bought a premium console,($600), you'd actually end up paying more than if you bought the Elite version in the first place!
Personally I'd never by this accessory.

Markobox
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Markobox posted a review   

The Good:It may cost a bit but it is great to have the extra space considering the size of demos and the XBOX games now available for download.

The Bad:Deleting files off the 20gb drive even though everything was on the 120gb drive, all network settings, profiles etc.

The transfer program did not delete the extra content on the 120GB drive but it did delete everything off the 20GB.

DArkVisor
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DArkVisor posted a review   

The Good:Huge storage space, If file storage is enabled, becomes like a second hard drive for your PC

The Bad:Expensive, will probably not use up potential space on its own.

I was just wondering if I could use this as extra storage room for my computer, for things like .exe and ect..

gen_x
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gen_x posted a review   
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The Good:Will come as part of the Xbox 360 Elite

The Bad:Not worth buying for those who got the core system as they had no previous data needs (pick up a 20GB that someone is selling), premium buyers basically waste more money to purchase it and now have a useless 20GB drive due to the restrictions MS place on not being able to use both at the same time (ie if you want to keep what you have on the old one you have to transfer all of it and blank the old one out), and the rest of us must wait for the Elite before we get ours

On its own this product really has no point, especially considering how expensive it is for what it is.




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User Reviews / Comments  Xbox 360 Hard Drive (120 GB)

  • The Sicilian Hound

    The Sicilian Hound

    "Nice piece of equipment aimed at the hardcore players I presume, now there are 60 gb hdd available which are a bit more sensible (but still overly priced at around $150)
    Just beware of the f..."

  • gameenthusiast

    gameenthusiast

    Rating8

    "A nice, if not overpriced, accessory for the Xbox 360. Plenty of storage space for whatever you are looking to do (music, movies, save games, demos), and it integrates with the 360 exactly as the 2..."

  • phillip

    phillip

    "wait till it gets cheaper"

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