The Easy Guide To Opening The Xbox 360

There are some good guides out there on how to open the Xbox 360. However I have read a few places that people are a bit scared about opening the case from fear of damaging their console.

This guide is supposed to be a really easy guide, with lots of pictures to show you how EASY it really is. You would really have to try to break your Xbox!

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Please note – following this tutorial will break the warranty sticker (located under the facia) and therefore void your warranty with Microsoft.

Tools:

  • A Torx screwdriver – sizes 9 & 10 (try ebay or hardware shop)
  • Something thin, strong and pointy (for rear case clips)
  • A small flathead screwdriver

1 – The Untouched Console

Make sure there is no disc in the drive, and the power is off.

2 – Remove The Facia

Hook your finger inside the USB port door, and ‘pop’ off the facia. It will come off no problem.

3 – Remove The Grills

You now need to remove the top and bottom grills. Pull the front of the grill out away from the console, it should come off with a little effort. The grill is then held in place by the four remaining clips, which can be seen if you look through the little holes on either side of the console. These can be unclipped with a small screwdriver.


If you have trouble releasing the last clip, you may need to pull back the rubber foot next to the grill, which will reveal a small hole. You can then push the screw driver through there.

4 – Undo Front Case Clips

This is now your last chance to back out of opening the console before breaking the warranty sticker on the case!

The four case clips shown in the image below now need to be unclipped. This can be done with a fingernail or screwdriver.

Once you have undone this clips, you can now lift up the top half of the case. You need to keep these apart now, otherwise they will clip back into place.

5 – Undo back Case Clips

This for me is a bit of a pain – not particularly difficult, but I didn’t know what the hell I was supposed to be doing when I did it the first time!

Once you have the case open, you’ll see how the clips work.

You will need something flat and strong for this (a flathead screwdriver probably won’t fit). There are tools around specifically for this (check out ebay) but I just use an old pair of tweezers because they are just thin enough.

You need to push your implement through each of the seven slits until you hear a ‘click’ that means the clip is undone, and you can move onto the next one. Once they are all undone, the bottom part of the case will completely come off.

6 – Remove The Eject Button And DVD Bezel

The button is clipped onto the DVD drive. You should be able to get a small flathead screwdriver round the back, and prise it off.


You don’t actually need any tools to remove the bezel, a fingernail will do. I have turned the console upside down to get a better angle, but this is not necessary.

The bezel needs to be pulled away from the DVD drive at the bottom to release two clips. Once the clips are released, the bezel will slide off.

7 – Undo Case Screws

Once you have the bottom of the case of, you will see the following

Red- Torx 10 Motherboard screws
Green – Torx 10 Case screws
Blue – Torx 9 Heat sink screws

You need to undo the six green case screws. The top part of the case will now completely come off. You will not be able to see inside the console:

8 – Remove The DVD

Unplug the power and SATA cables from the back of the dvd. They should come out with a bit of a tug.


You need to peel back the silver tag just below the bezel, and then you will be able to remove the drive.

9 – Remove Fan And Fan Guard

The piece of metal above the fan needs to be bent up slightly as shown in the picture. With a bit of ‘wiggling’ the cream fan guard will come off, and the fan can be unplugged and removed.

10 – Remove The Ring Of Light

The cream plastic cover is clipped into the circuit board at the top and bottom. You can unclip this and remove.

There are then 3 Torx 9 screws on the circuit board which can be undone, and the ring of light can then be removed.

11 – Remove The Motherboard

You can now turn the console upside down. Whilst making sure the motherboard does not fall out once free – unscrew the remaining Torx 9 & 10 screws from the bottom of the console.

Once you turn the turn it up the right way, the motherboard can be gently removed from the casing.


And there you have it! You have now successfully taken the whole Xbox 360 apart. Please let me know how you get on by writing a comment below!

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63 Responses to “The Easy Guide To Opening The Xbox 360”

  1. Ming says:

    Gee thanks for the help except you need a T8 not a T9 so after lookin everywhere for a T8 then realizing i need a T9 kinda pissed me off.

  2. Ryan Jensen says:

    I see to have trouble getting the bezel off it slides but in the direction of the casing and I also have a black x box does this change how I take it apart

  3. Gill says:

    Great instructions – struggled with the back as you say.
    Managed to get the DVD drive and dismantle it in order to get game out – more value currently than the xbox.
    Still got two rings – so not sure which part needs attention.
    Thanks

  4. G. says:

    Thanks a lot for posting the article. Worked like a charm. First time I had opened up my XBox 360, but not the first time I’ve had the RROD. Last time it was under warranty though. In any case, fixed it using the technique of replacing the heat sink X-clips with screws. So far so good.

  5. keith arkle says:

    Hi can any 1 help me a have had me xbox apart cos me cdrom bit where u put the discs does not load any game or dvds and just got me head dun in

  6. John Warren says:

    My son has a disc “loose” inside his X Box 360, it somehow got above and then behind the drive tray. Is there a way to partially open/disassemble the unit to get at the disc?

  7. malcolm says:

    My XBox dvd-tray just refuses to open
    Thank you; seem to be clear instructions but, I’m stuck on removing the bezel, step 6. But perhaps I don’t need to do this to get to the drive?

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  9. Good afternoon,My son has a two year old xbox that keeps turning its self off,do you have any idea’s,is it something we could put right or is it a shop job?

    Thank you for any help,Nikki Fereday.

    Happy new year!

  10. Kingsley power says:

    Pls my xbox360 is really getting me worried, i bought a new game, i put the game into the xbox it told me that ‘update ready for xbox’ it asked if i would like to update, i chose yes. While updating the xbox went off & then came back on, only to tell me dat ‘cant read disc, please re-insert disc’, ive done that but to no avail. I cant play my games, i cant play dvd’s the only thing there is just the message about not able to read my disc—PLS HELP ME COZ I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO,TNX.

  11. matt says:

    your site was the best help i’ve found. although, the screw sizes and colors didn’t match mine. all where t10 or t8 (the light ring) also, in response to alex’s comment, i had the same issue and i had to replace the drive itself. you can find them on ebay or amazon.com. but you’ll need to keep the original drive and take it to someone to have the match the codes.

  12. Alex says:

    I did everything as followed’ I removed most of the case but I had to stop as I came towards screwing part as I don’t have the right screws for the job. But, my main problem with the console is the Tray’ It will sometimes open and close but the Laser doesn’t read any disc and tells me to open tray, I’ve tried many different ways to improve this problem but none have helped so far, Could you do a easy step by step on how this can be fixable?

  13. Ian says:

    The links to fix the RROD all seem to be broken. Any working link for that fix (3 red lights) would be appreciated

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