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I'm buying a Xbox 360 console off of Craigslist and the seller doesn't know the HDD size. How do we tell?

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    If the HD is out of the unit, usually the label will tell. Is a photo of the drive label available? – Tim S. Apr 19 '16 at 21:57
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The most definitive way to check is in software. Have them boot the Xbox, then:

  • Scroll right to "System"
  • Choose "Settings"
  • Choose "Storage"
  • Highlight the Hard Drive in the list
  • Press "Y"

This will display the size of the hard drive in gigabytes.

If they can't (or won't) boot the Xbox, then run, run away as fast as you can. Failing that, some Xboxes are labeled with their hard drive size.

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The "classic" Xbox 360 (the one on the left) generally has the hard drive size on a silver label on the drive's casing. The drive sticks out of the top (or left side, if it's laying down) of the unit. If unlabeled, it is probably 20GB. Note that it's possible to open the drive cage and swap the drive, so this is less reliable than checking it in the settings.

The newer models (the two on the right) don't appear to have any external indication of the size of the internal storage. You'll have to remove the side flap and check the drive itself, as per this Microsoft support document.. This is more involved than just looking at the top of the unit, but whether that is more or less complex than turning the Xbox on and checking is a matter of debate.

  • At least one of those "bit more involved" models has a simple flap to remove the hard drive. I recognise both as two alternate models I own, both with the flap. The hard drives are tagged with the size, too. – user106385 Apr 20 '16 at 0:21
  • @Timelord64, yeah, but if they can't remember and can't be bothered to look at the settings, opening a flap and pulling out the drive (as noted in the linked MS article) is probably going to be too technical, as simple as it is to us. – agent86 Apr 20 '16 at 1:06
  • Opening the settings requires interfacing with the Xbox operating system. Checking the hard drives tag is a physical procedure. They are completely different procedures, we shouldn't assume that the interface confusing the user makes them incapable of understanding "pull on the flap on the side, tell us what the tag hanging out of it says". – user106385 Apr 20 '16 at 1:58
  • @Timelord64, okay, I revised that section since you seem passionate about it :) – agent86 Apr 20 '16 at 2:01

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