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Old 9th January, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I have a xbox that for what ever reason I am having issues with (Primarily the drive doesn't read correct). So my question is would it be possible to remove my Xbox from the standard case and attach the HD into a standard computer tower, attach it to the motherboard, and run the games through standard DVD drive in my computer? Any suggestions? I have 3 spare computers that I could do this on with out using any of the primary 3 towers that are in use. But I.m wanting to see if I can find any info before I try the mod.
Please note that I am NOT trying to put a xbox into a computer tower. I AM trying to attach a Xbox HD to a computer motherboard/dvdrom drive to play Xbox games through a standard computer.

Thanks in advance for any input.

PS for anyone wondering why I would want to pull up my orig. Xbox its because I have prob close to 4K in games that are on the verge of becoming coasters. which would be a shame since I still play my atari games now and then.
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I have a xbox that for what ever reason I am having issues with (Primarily the drive doesn't read correct). So my question is would it be possible to remove my Xbox from the standard case and attach the HD into a standard computer tower, attach it to the motherboard, and run the games through standard DVD drive in my computer? Any suggestions? I have 3 spare computers that I could do this on with out using any of the primary 3 towers that are in use.
I don't think this is going to work. Firstly, the Xbox OS is not going to recognise your CPU, GPU etc. Secondly, all hardware on the xbox has a uinque key which must match the key stored on the HDD (anyone thats had to swap out a DVD drive or HDD from the Xbox will remember what a pain this is).
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As Pitch says, there are substantial hardware differences between the XBox and any PC you have, including some security features that are implemented on the XBox, but not on a PC. As such, you're not going to have much luck I'm afraid - even XBox emulators seem to be pretty thin on the ground.
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I don't think this is going to work. Firstly, the Xbox OS is not going to recognise your CPU, GPU etc. Secondly, all hardware on the xbox has a uinque key which must match the key stored on the HDD (anyone thats had to swap out a DVD drive or HDD from the Xbox will remember what a pain this is).
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As Pitch says, there are substantial hardware differences between the XBox and any PC you have, including some security features that are implemented on the XBox, but not on a PC. As such, you're not going to have much luck I'm afraid - even XBox emulators seem to be pretty thin on the ground.
QFT.

You'd be much better off just finding an Xbox emulator for your PC (if there's one available), because the end results will be exactly the same.

PC and Xbox hardware configuration is different, so there's pretty much no chance of this working.

In fairness, if you have 4K of games, you could just try replacing the drive, or get another Xbox? They don't cost much these days.
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you could just try replacing the drive, or get another Xbox? They don't cost much these days.
Pretty much what I was thinking also.
Would imagine you could almost be paid to take one away these days.
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It should be possible to replace the drive - having never taken an Xbox apart, I have no idea how hard this would be.
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Thanks for your input I have been keeping an eye out for some Xbox systems so ill have to keep a better eye out.May just Ebay one after Tax time Thanks.
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Changing the Drive is easy enough. Your best bet is to find the same model as the one used in your xbox.

Take the original, plug it into your PC and dump the Firmware, (there's tools availible on a per manufacturer basis) then flash the new drive with the old Firmware.
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