My X-Box 360 is now upgraded. I was shocked at the simplicity. Not even any tools needed! The hard drive on the X-Box 360 is actually attached to the left side of the console (at least on MY model it is–I think there have been one or two new versions released since mine though). You just push in a button there while pulling on the drive and it disconnects and pops off. No wires, no muss, no fuss. Connect the new drive the exact opposite and you’re half done! The transfer cable then attaches to the old drive, which I just disconnected, and provides a USB connection that plugs into the back of the X-Box.
After attaching the new drive and connecting the old one via USB, I powered up the X-Box and looked around. My profiles were still there, but obviously no content. Without the “transfer disc” that I had seen on the Interwebs, I was a little concerned about the process. So I went to Settings >> Storage, and there I found the options I was looking for. The drive showed that it was Internal and empty, and the options on it included “Transfer data”. I chose the “transfer data TO this drive” option, and was then able to select a source device, which was the external drive, then I was given the list of item types on the source drive (Profiles, Demos, Games, Videos, etc.) and asked which ones I wanted to transfer. I chose everything, then deselected Demos and started the process.
With a 120GB drive, it took about an hour to reach 100%. Once it finished, I powered off (but wasn’t prompted to), disconnected the old drive connected to the rear USB jack, and then powered up the X-Box. Ah, quietness! The system is much quieter now, though still a little noisier than I thought. I think the DVD drive mechanism is just loud when it checks for a disc. It still works fine though, so I’m not concerned. The system came up fine and all games and content looks great, installed, and I still have over 390GB free–lots of breathing room with everything I currently own for the console already installed. I just wonder if ALL of Microsoft’s consoles are this easily upgradeable, or if I just got lucky with this one.