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#1 Posted on 1.8.11 0934.10
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My son has been saving his nickels and dimes (including working for people in the neighborhood) to buy himself a 360.

Now that he's right around $199, the question is: Will the 4GB basic outfit be good enough for him? Or should he keep going until he can afford the 250GB?

1. I want him to get a new one so he has the full year warranty.
2. He doesn't want the Kinect (at least not right away)
3. He won't be doing much online play, but will have a Live account to at least use our Netflix account.

I noticed that the 250GB hard drive is "conveniently" priced at $100 which is exactly how much more the 250GB setup costs...so any harm in waiting on the storage?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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#2 Posted on 1.8.11 1021.34
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Should be fine. You need memory for save files and games you download directly. Save files take up next to nothing. So as long as you aren't downloading tons of stuff off Xbox arcade it should be cool.
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#3 Posted on 1.8.11 1140.45
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One of the bigger perks of having hard drive space is being able to install game data directly onto your hard drive, so that the DVD won't be spinning as you play. Not only does that make the system a lot quieter, but it reduces the wear and tear/overheating it might otherwise suffer from, which is probably the biggest factor in the dreaded Red Ring of Doom. It might just be me, but I haven't seen nearly as many horror stories about RRoDs since the installation functionality was added to the hard drive. It might be, of course, that they simply finally fixed the hardware issues causing it.

A 4 GB hard drive won't be enough to install even one game, unless it's an unusually small one. Most games will clock in at just under 7 GB, with multi-disc games being larger. So it's your call whether or not it's something worth waiting for. If it's a brand new system (w/warranty), you could just hope that the hardware has been fixed and rely on the warranty if it's not.
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#4 Posted on 1.8.11 1224.23
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I had a similar issue about a month ago. I was in the market for a new 360 and was debating between the two models. What it came down to was DLC. I knew I would bet getting map packs for my FPS gaming and 4gb wasn't gonna cut it. I hated the thought of spending an extra $100 for a lot of space that I won't realistically use, but the size difference between the two models left me with few alternatives. I know you can use a flash drive as extra memory, but I'm way too lazy for that.
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#5 Posted on 1.8.11 1654.56
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I also agree with more storage space. When I only installed Fallout 3 on my old 4 gig HD, it took up almost 3 gigs by itself. It was annoying, and furthermore not much later I got the RROD (not from Fallout necessarily, but it didn't help that I could only fit one game on my HD). Now I have the 250 elite, and I couldn't be happier.
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#6 Posted on 1.8.11 2105.49
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I recommend the storage space too. I started out with the original xbox 360 with the 20 gig hard drive. That was more than fine initially. I later upgraded to the 60 gig hard drive. The 60 gig is more than enough for me. I am able to install games as well as having the additional map packs for the games that I play.

That being said, I don't think that you can buy the 60 gig any longer. The option is available through ebay though. You might be able to save some case as well as get enough storage space through the 60 or 120 gig hard drive.
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#7 Posted on 1.8.11 2356.50
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I know nothing about the 360 but a couple months ago, I maxed out my 60GB hd on my PS3, so I went out and got a Seagate 500GB laptop drive from my local chain electronics store for $70 or so after tax. I backed up my content using the PS3 backup utility to an external usb HD and then used the restore to move everything to my new HD after the PS3 formatted it.

Look in to that route if you can for the 360.
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#8 Posted on 2.8.11 0907.31
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Doing some research, it appears that the only issue with an external hard drive with an XBOX 360 is that it has to be formatted as FAT32 and not NTFS. Have not actually tried it.
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#9 Posted on 2.8.11 0907.53
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    Look in to that route if you can for the 360.
I'm pretty sure you can't. It's overpriced 360-specific hard drives or nothing.

I bought the Xbox with the 60 GB drive and filled it quickly once they added the functionality of installing disc-based games to the HD. I upgraded to the 250 and that works well for me.
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#10 Posted on 2.8.11 1020.12
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Me personally, I would definitely get the 250GB.

That way you got all your bases covered if your son wants to download stuff onto his xbox360. And like what happens with my son, it's a good bet he'll also have friends telling him about "cool add-ons" they got and he should get them to.
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#11 Posted on 2.8.11 1033.56
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Doing some research, it appears that the only issue with an external hard drive with an XBOX 360 is that it has to be formatted as FAT32 and not NTFS. Have not actually tried it.


That is the same with the PS3. I don't know how the 360 does it, if it wants you to format the drive or not, but the PS3 formats the drive for you. Not counting space reserved for system files, I have 465GB or so of usable space out of the 500 GB drive.

My roommate wants to upgrade his 300 GB drive and if he can price a cheap enough one, that has the same form factor for the PS3, he wants to get a 1TB or so drive.

EDIT:

This link is 3 years old, but it seems like a REALLY complicated process to BYOHD: http://www.pcworld.com/article/150970/upgrade_your_xbox_360s_hard_drive_on_the_cheap.html

(edited by Zeruel on 2.8.11 1136)
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