XBox Service - Wow

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So, I figure why stop at 2 OT posts when I can I go for three? Last month I blogged about my XBox's hard drive crashing. I decided to ahead and send it in. I was told that the repair time would be five to eight business days, which ain't too bad. I sent it in. UPS dropped it off at the repair center on the 1st. I figured with the holiday rush, I'd be lucky if the unit was sent back by the 9th.

Get this - they actually fixed it and shipped it on the 2nd. It was there one whole day. Nice. I'd actually have it now but for two days in a row UPS has some weird error with the package. Supposedly it is on the truck today, but UPS doesn't deliver to my street till after 6PM. Then I get to find out if my saved games were rescued. I tell ya - out of this whole thing - the thing that gets me most upset is the fact that some games don't allow you to back up the saves to a card. As my hard drive was slowly dying, I quickly copied as many games as I could, but some games don't allow that option. I believe it is to prevent cheating - but no reason is good enough for me. Until the day they create a non-breakable hard drive, this option of preventing game save backups should not be allowed.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Scott Stroz posted on 12/9/2005 at 3:27 AM

Yep - you'll be on another list somewhere ;)

Comment 2 by John Farrar posted on 12/9/2005 at 3:54 AM

Well... bottom line is that component level repair went out years ago. Now it's a matter of replacing major assemblies like mother boards or hard drives and the like. How long should that take... if you hit the bench, it doesn't take long. Unscrew... unplug... replace... return. :)

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/9/2005 at 4:01 AM

Oh yeah, I know, but again with the holidays, I'm impressed.

Comment 4 by Mark W. Breneman posted on 12/9/2005 at 4:04 AM

Ray, have you ever looked into moding your xbox? I had more fun researching / soft moding my xbox not to mention all of the cool things you can do with the XBOX after it is moded. Oh, and I know I have spent more time using my XBOX for other things, than I have spent paying games. I even saw someone install blue dragon Coldfusion server on a moded XBOX.

Comment 5 by Mark W. Breneman posted on 12/9/2005 at 4:06 AM

Sorry, the reason I ask about moding, is you can make a back up of your hard disk or even swap it out for a larger one.

Comment 6 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/9/2005 at 4:11 AM

No - I'm a hardware noob. I despise opening up hardware. Always have. I think it's because my hands are big and I'm clumsy. I always tense up when I do hardware work.

Comment 7 by cmd19872002 posted on 1/8/2006 at 5:31 AM

Ya, you can do sooo much more with a modded xbox :P. I personaly mod xboxes all the time, a hard drive replace is pretty easy and quick if you have a mod chip laying around (to back up the orignal hard drive if it works at all yet, put in a new drive thats not locked, format it, and load the info back on the drive.) Its not as simple as it sounds though, just geting the mod chip in and flashing is some times more than most people can handle (all the research and info you have to read). You can update the hard drive to a bigger one and still beable to take the mod chip out/ turn it off aslong as you lock it with the right code.

If you want any more info, email me at: or post, but i will probley loose this link lol.