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Xbox 360 SATA Hard Drive Connection
>> 360sata.com will release a small PCB that will allow you to connect your Xbox 360 HD to your PC (via SATA and a simple four pin Molex power connector) without opening the HDD bay.
The final pricing will be:
Adapter with connectors solder on. $20 + shipping.
Adapter with connectors in package so you can solder them on yourself $17 + shipping.
If the companies that we have been talking to come through, you will see this product sold on major websites.
Pictures of the latest non-final prototypes:
I was testing the new version of Xplorer last night aviable at 360Gamesaves and I used my new adapter. It made it really easy to add some content to the drive and then just snap the drive back in the 360 without having to put the HD back in its case. I did this about 30 times last night.
Also I have made my little tweaks from the last prototype and the final design is finished.
FAQs (partially, view them all here)
Q: Will this void my warrantee for my Xbox 360, or my warrantee for my Xbox 360 hard drive?
A: No, this will not. With this device you will not have to open your Xbox 360 Hard drive.
Q: Will this let me upgrade my hard drive size?
A: Not currently, but hopefully in the near future, we will have acquired the key to create our own hard drives for the Xbox 360.
Q: Can I use this to load backups on my hard drive or rip games?
A: No, this device is only for accessing data on your hard drive.
Q: Where can I buy one?
A: Check our trusted resellers list. The resellers located on this list are official resellers of this product and the only places we would recommend buying the device from.
Q: Wait... How do I get the files off? Or add files? I'm totally lost here...
A: Well, you could code your own application to access the data off the hard drive, or you can use Xplorer360(info)(info) which is located at www.360gamesaves.com
Q: I only own a laptop and I don't have a sata port on it, how can I use this adapter?
A: You can either use a USB-to-sata converter that you can find on the web, or you can sue a PCMCIA card. Check out our tutorial section for places to buy both.
Q: Will you be shipping around the world, or do I have miss out on this product?
A: As of right now we are only shipping to the USA and to the UK once we get enough emails from users over there to cut down the shipping costs. DON'T WORRY, we haven't forgotten everybody else. We are currently working with some world wide distributors to make this product available to everyone at a fair price.
Q: Will this product include a plastic case, or is it just a PCB board like your photos on the product page?
A: It is just a PC board, but don't worry it does have to protective silkscreen to protect the traces. A PC board will work great, and allows us to bring the product to you cheaper. A few months from now we might add a plastic case, but that will also raise the price.
Q: So how do you hook this up to your PC once you insert the adapter into the 360's hard drive?
A: You have to have a sata port on your PC. You can either have one built onto your motherboard, you can use a sata PCI card, or you can use a USB-to-Sata converter. Check out our tutorial section for information about theses different ways to hook it up and places you can buy them. For power you just need a regular four pin Molex power connector, like you would most likely find plugged into your internal Cd-Rom or hard drive inside your PC. If you do not have a free power connector, they make y-splitters so you can add another one to your system setup. Check out the tutorial section for places to buy these. You will need one with some length on it as you most likely need to pull it outside your case along with a sata cable to hook to the 360-to-sata adapter to make unhooking and hooking your 360 hard drive up quick and efficient.
Official Site: http://www.360sata.com
Full FAQ: 360sata.com
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