Disassembling the Xbox 360 Slim


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Top TX Brass
Dec 6, 2002
To get into the Xbox 360 you’ll need pretty much the same tools you needed to get into the old one. A flat head screwdriver helps, preferably one with a long, thin stem to help you pry bits of the case apart. You’ll need a torx driver with T8 bit.

As always, proceed at your own risk - we're not responsible for any damage to your console that happens as a result of following these instructions. Also know that proceeding with this will surely void your warranty from Microsoft.

You can check a 1080P video made by our friend "Stefanounick" of the entire process outlined below:


1. First remove the 2.5" hard drive. To get to it just pull back on a couple of the fins which will let you remove a part of the cover:

2. Yanking on the black ribbon will pull out the hard drive itself.

3. Next we have two plastic grates on the left and right of the system that pop right off. They are attached using clips along their edges so work one part out with your flat head driver and just pull the rest off.

4. The side without the hard drive pops out just as easy. I used the thin screwdriver to prize up one end of the plastic grate and pulled it the rest out with my fingers. Be careful not to scratch the case.

5. This next part is the first of two hard parts. Removing the two plastic grates will reveal two more black plastic covers. You can wedge your flathead between the plastic cover and the rest of the system and pry it off.


TIP: Some users remove the chrome surrounds without taking out these black plastic covers - so you could always skip parts 5, 6, 7 & 8 and go straight to removing the chrome bezels (Note: some slims that are refurbs have the matt black plastic case and the bezels are black not chrome) - all you have to do it unclip one side of the black plastic cover to reveal the chrome bezel clips so you simply unclip one side then the rest should pull out easily. I only include these separate parts of the tutorial so you can actually see what each piece looks like

6. The cover is attached to the system by several plastic stands that fit through little holes behind them. The stands are wider at their outer most edge than they are at the base, too wide to just fit through the hole.

7. Stick your screwdriver in one of the cutouts and pry away. You’ll see a lot of flexing and then hear a pop, once you hear one move to the next portion of the plastic cover. Do this around the edge until the entire cover is removed. Repeat for the other side of the 360.

8. Now you’ve got line of sight into the system itself. Great. At this point you can also remove the 802.11n wireless card which is held in place by a single screw. Remove the T8 screw and the card slides right out. It is just plugged into an internal USB port.

9. Now we have to remove the two chrome surrounds on either side of the system. These are attached via clips that can be tempted loose using that trusty flat head screwdriver. Wedge it between the clip and the rest of the chassis and push away from the chassis:

10. Some clips will give way easily, others will take some coercion. Some of the clips are only accessible via a very tiny, very long flat head. Start with the clips you know you can get off and then try to pry the tough ones later.

11. You’ve got 6 on one side and 5 on the other chrome lip, the shots below should help you.

12. With the two chrome surrounds removed we’re now at the second most difficult part of dissecting the new Xbox 360. Remember these little things:

13. Yep, they’re back.

On the old 360 you at least had a removable face plate and some insight into what was going on at the rear of the system. This time around you can only look in at the sides..

Thankfully I know exactly how many clips you have to break free: three on the back and eight on the front.

If you start on the back then the front clips disconnect from the front faceplate very easily. You need to access clips at both the left and ride side of the Xbox 360. On the left side where there are two clips, one of them is hidden so you will find many reports of people having trouble with this clip and actually snap parts iof the case trying to remove it. The solution is actually REALLY simple. The secret to opening without breaking the clips is to release the first clip with a screw driver and then access the hidden tab by poking a hole in the sticker so you can push in a straightened paperclip as a poker or really small screwdriver to release the bottom tab. The case then easily pulls apart :)

14. The only advice I can give you here is to be patient, persistent and have a good flathead screwdriver at your side. Once you’ve pried these clips free the front will separate from the rest of the system.

15. Be careful when removing the front of the system. There’s a ribbon cable that connects the 360‘s power button to the rest of the system, you have to remove it before you can proceed. In my original teardown the ribbon cable just ripped right out of its connector without any problems so if this happens to you, you should be ok.

16. The ribbon connector attaches here. With the front removed, separate the clips on the back and the top cover of the 360’s should lift right off exposing what we have below:

17. Now look at the side of the Xbox with the white sticker on it, you only need to remove the 5 black T8 screws (one of them is actually hidden under the white Xbox 360 sticker. It looks like Microsoft has done a lot to figure out whether or not you’ve opened this thing. Modders don’t make Microsoft happy. RRoD didn’t make me happy. Modders ftw).

I could now pull off the bottom cover leaving me with this:

18. The DVD drive lifts right out and you can disconnect the power and SATA cables from the unit easily just like on the older models.

19. This is a newer version of the Lite-On drive. The new DG16-D4S. Microsoft also outfitted the drive with a strip of rubber to help dampen vibration:

And that's it :)



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Feb 9, 2010
Your tutorials are the best, thanks mate!


VIP Member
Nov 9, 2010
Nice tutorial!:D
That will make it much easier and I don't have to be scared of breaking things.



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Jun 9, 2010
Orbiting Sun
nice one.. I wouldn't had done it any better... Although there is no need to remove the black plastic covers to take off the chrome surrounds. They can be taken off the same way regardless the black plastic covers...
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yoo zin

Full Member
Dec 11, 2010
a tutorial by xecuter
great one!!anyone wouldn't had done it any better
nice pic and explain~there u go ~


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Jan 4, 2011
On the back side, if you take off the sticker next to the power supply (the one that says the S/N, M/S etc) you will find a small hole. So if you unplug the 2 clips that have easy access and the first clip on the other side and you put a niddle into that hole, the cover will pop up super easy. After that
I removed first the T8 screws, that way the bottom cover comes out and the cover of the xbox's "face" gets totally free without the need of forcing its
clips to open. Sorry for my bad english:)


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Oct 26, 2010
ashton under lyne
nice video mate very detailed


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Jun 9, 2010
Orbiting Sun
Thanks guys, it took me ages to make it, edit it, render it, and upload it to youtube..
So thanks!!!


VIP Member
Aug 24, 2010
Great video, Nick.
Very detailed, very clear (1080p),could see where you were putting the flathead, you were explaining everything as you went on, the English was quite understandable, and if I watched the video with muted sound I'd understand what you're doing and what you're trying to explain, you made it look very easy and safe for those that have a slim and are afraid to open it.
A recommended video to be moved to the "Xbox 360 Video Tutorials" section, as I don't see people making an easier clearer one.

Thanks, and +Rep for the effort.


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Troll Eating Dogs
Mar 1, 2010
Excellent video.

I wish opeing mine was that easy when I done it.


Jul 9, 2010
uk, Oxfordshire
Great tut! ive been looking for a vid like this!


VIP Member
Nov 9, 2010
Nice tutorial! Very easy to follow particularly for the people who have been scared or worried about opening their 360.

Good one. ;)


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Dec 25, 2009
Amazing Tutorial! Thnx again