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Replacing a dead 360 DVD drive

Q: Replacing a dead 360 DVD drive

So my DVD drive has died on my and I hear if u get a new one off Ebay u have to get the key from the old one DVD a drive 360 dead Replacing and stick it on the new so your Xbox will read it thats all well and good if your drive would work be picked up by PC The drive is dead and there is no way of getting the key Now if my logic is right the key is stored on one of the Microchips in the board so If I can get the chip off the board by heating it up what piece of Hardware would I need to read it and software to get the Needed information off in order to flash it onto the new XBox drive I plan to order I don t want to shell out on a new console as its in full working order despite DVD drive and doing it said way would be cheaper Yes Also if anyoen knows which chip it is on the Xbox Ben Q VAD Drive I be very happy I Plan on replacing it with another benQ drive I point out I do not intend to play pirated games I just want to be able to replace my DVD drive which may be against MS EuLA but I don t care as its not breaking UK law I will use it to back my games up again fully within UK law Thanks in advanced for replys nbsp

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Preferred Solution: Replacing a dead 360 DVD drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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A: Replacing a dead 360 DVD drive

If you're positive that the old drive is dead (i.e. no power to the drive) then getting the key is impossible. if the drive has already been flashed then the key should have been saved. i'm quite positive there is no way to retrieve the key from the motherboard itself, without the use of specialized equipment, that you don't have access to anyways.

buy a new console and keep the old one for parts or sell it as is
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Welcome to TSG Rsmith03,
Yes, you can install Vista using the HP recovery disks on a new hard drive.
You can order the HP Vista recovery disks from this LINK.
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Do read

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A:A7V8X: replacing dead mobo with slightly less capable version of the same

Boards are essentially the same.

ljwobker said:

If I replace the A7V8X with an A7V8X-X, I'm *hoping* that the only Bad Things that will happen is windows complaining that the firewire port and the SATA RAID controller have gone "missing" and that's all -- which is no problem for me.Click to expand...

I just parted ways with my own A7V8X after years of reliable use. Good board. I didn't have the SATA or RAID though.

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A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

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Enter BIOs setup and look at HD's to determine which HD is plugged into which port 0, 1, 2, 3.

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A:***Replacing my first Hard Drive*****

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should be able to - HP used to be quite easy to get the harddrive in and out -
whats the exact model
often theres a slot at the side - and screw underneath to removed the HDD
in order to put the software back on you will need to have the recovery Cds or a Windows CD
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A:Replacing Hard Drive

Imaging and cloning while similar are not the same thing.
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What 1tb Hard drive should I purchase?
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DATE: 24 Sep 2012
WWN: 50014EE6582574BF
MY- 0G2J3X-12555-290-C2UL-A00
C/0 MY
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A:Replacing my Hard Drive

You may not need a new drive.  Check the system setup to make sure the SATA operation is set correctly - it was probably in AHCI mode initially and the replacement board may have the drive set for a different mode (RAID, ATA, etc.).  If AHCI doesn't work, try RAID -- chances are the drive is just fine.  F2 at powerup to get into system setup to check/adjust the setting.
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PC99 Any 2 1/2" laptop hard drive will work, and my experience with the newer thin drives is that they often come with a plastic spacer so they fit laptop drive compartments snuggly. As to restoring your PC, since it was already registered running Win10, you could reinstall Win10 and it will automatically reactivate once it is online, just be sure to skip over the screen where it wants a product key. Realize, though, that with Win10, we no longer have the option to permanently refuse Windows updates or upgrades, so eventually, MS it going to force the Anniversary Update on your laptop.Good Luck
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A:Replacing hard drive

Ghost is used for making an image of the current system. Then, at a later date you can restore that system back to that state with ghost. I dont think ghost is an option at this time.

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Go to the website of the hard drive manufacture and get their diagnostic utility and test the drive to be safe.

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I would make an image with Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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A:Replacing hard drive

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A:What ti do before replacing hard drive?

Download the free disk utilities from the HDD manufacturer and use them to copy the whole drive/partition across.

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A:Replacing Hard Drive

Download and use Macrium Reflect to create an image of your drive and then restore it to the new drive
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A:Replacing my Hard Drive

1.  It's not clear why you'd want to buy a drive that's already three years old (the date of manufacture is 2013) . You can easily find brand-new drives:
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A:DVD Drive Replacing Troubles. Help?

Well your explanation is certainly confusing but i think i get what you mean.
First thing id recommend trying would be swapping drives over to dvr being master and cdrom being slave.

see what happens.
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A:Replacing a DVD Drive Troubles

You can't physically damage the drives by setting the jumpers incorrectly so you are safe there.

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Alias50 said:

Not sure if this goes in here but anyway...

I'm thinking of replacing my ps3's 60GB HDD for a bigger one. So far I've read that the ps3 supports only 2.5 inch 5400 rpm (laptop drives.) I'm thinking of getting either one of these.

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Please confirm/reject/add info, suggest/tell me if mine are good/if you have a better deal\ hard drives.

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Thanks it advance,

Alias50Click to expand...

I think the link to Newegg is a desktop HDD so it will not work, though will go with the gaming PC you want

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Sorry, its a bit unclear. Are you replacing the boot drive, or just a storage drive in the system?
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A:Replacing failing C: drive

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