I feel relieved now that I have everything put back together.
The trick? Well, it wasn’t so much a trick. I missed an important step in disassembling the Xbox, in the first place. The top actually detaches from the front! I didn’t catch on until I saw this video, the first I have seen actually demonstrate disassembling the front of the device. Now that I know this, I can probably do a complete drive swap in under an hour!
Damn you iFixit for showing the tear down but not mentioning there is some sort of Rubik’s Cube-like twist in assembling the cover. I figured out the capacitive touch sensor problem (I will add photos later), but there is cover has to go back on in just the right way. It seems like it needs to hinge on from the front, while the left-hand front corner seems to be tricky… this should be the home stretch for finishing this upgrade!
By the way, I know this is probably child’s play to a mechanical or industrial engineer!
Now that I have the full capacity of the 1TB Hybrid SSHD operational, it’s time to put it all back together. I am having a tough time getting the touch sensor to work, though.
Since iFixit posted the first tear down, people have theorized that the Xbox One hard drive was upgradeable. It’s known doing so would void the warranty. I decided to take the chance and measure the performance gains of using Hybrid SSHD and SSD drives, comparing boot and game load times with each.
I am still trying to find a way to partition the 1TB Hybrid SSHD to use the full capacity.
I found that the iFixit XBox One tear down wasn’t as thorough as others I have read in the past. Maybe because this one voids the warranty, or maybe because they assume you know what you are doing.
Here’s something they didn’t really explain. Use the metal prying tool that’s about 1/4″ thick, and start from the clip under the plastic cover they show you how to remove, and slowly and carefully pry loose going around clock-wise, around the back, to the other side and then down the lower edge of the front. Don’t be afraid when a small plastic panel on the starting side falls out.
Be careful removing the screws, you don’t want to strip them. Using the iFixit repair kit, I created a fulcrum by combining the screw driver with one of the other thin metal tools, which made it so much easier to remove the screws.
Now that the drive is removed, time to make a copy!
I ordered an XBox One last week, and unlike most people, my first order of business, other than making certain that it boots, was to upgrade the hard disk. Yeah, yeah, I know it voids the warranty, but so far, I haven’t found an internet article about anyone figuring out how to do this.
To accomplish this, I purchased an iFixit repair toolkit and a 1TB Seagate SSHD. I am trying to limit myself to OS built-in, freeware or open source tools only.
I started this blog part way through my project, so I will bring everyone up to date…