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Xbox 360 disc drive

I've got a bad disk drive on my 360. I've been reading a lot about it, and I'm a little concerned about flashing my drive myself. I'm very mechanically inclined, but not very computer savvy. I was wondering if I bought the same Hitachi-LG drive that is the same rom ver- 0079fk, would I still need to flash it, or could I just plug and play? Even if I could, I've read that there are better drives out there, do you think I'd be doing this again in the future if I didn't upgrade?
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If you are unsure of how to flash a drive DO NOT DO It!! Sorry for yelling I just don't want you to brick your drive when you don't have to. Only a modder or hacker would ever have to flash their drives because they want to either play backup versions of games burned to media or exploit the software in someway. Your problem is much simpler and will not get you banned in any way. Just purchase the same exact model numbered drive, ROM version is not necessary but if available purchase it to be safe. Open up new drive and remove circuit board making sure your very gentle with the 4 or 5 small ribbon cables you will have to pull from their little connections. Most ribbon cables will simply need to be pulled straight out but depending on manufacturer or model number some ribbon cables will need you to flip up a simple little locking flap and then pull out. This is very important, as soon as you remove the brand new circuit board out of your new drive, grab a felt tip pen and write something directly on that board that will identify that board as not being your original. The unique key that matches original drive to original motherboard is on a chip on the board your now going to remove from your non working drive. Once the board is removed from the drive all that is left is hardware so by installing your old board into your new drive hardware you now have a brand new drive with your unique code still intact. Since you have to open your device to do this and that's what you planned on doing anyway I still want to let you know what you already know that this will void your warranty. Make sure you open up your device first before you order the replacement because believe it or not 9 out of 10 times all you will need to do is open up your so called bad drive and clean the lens very gently with a Q Tip dipped in Isopropyl alcohol. Now back to your desire to learn how to Flash a drive, well guess what, you now have something to practice with. Put the new board you can't use in the old drive hardware and flash away on that one using different scenarios you make up yourself depending on what you want to learn and if it ends up getting bricked you will still learn something without risking your precious gaming console

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