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How To Tell Which Xbox 360 DVD Drive You Have


Xbox Scene has a photo of the three different DVD drives that have shipped inside Xbox 360 consoles, from the uber-loud Hitach-LG, to the slightly-less-like-a-747 Toshiba-Samsung drive, to the new, considerably quieter BenQ drive. Check it out closely and figure out which one you have. I’m kind of pissed off that when I exchanged my bricked 360 for a new one at Best Buy last month, it came with the two generations old Hitachi.

Joystiq actually ran a poll asking readers what their drive is, and removing the non-360 owners, here’s what they found:

Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943  48.27% 2,608
Hitachi-LG GDR-3120L  47.44% 2,563
BenQ VAD6038  4.3% 232
5,403 votes total

February 21st, 2007 Posted by | General, Xbox, Xbox 360 | 4 comments

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  1. So is there any way of telling which drive is in use before you buy?

    Comment by paul haine | February 22, 2007

  2. Not as far as I know. I will update if one comes up. For now, return it if you get a bad one.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | February 23, 2007

  3. I’ve heard the new ones have the BenQ VAD6038 which is supposedly more reliable and quieter. You can check how new a 360 is by looking at the lot number on the outside of the box. I think for the United States, Lot 650 and up most likely have the BenQ. I just purchased a 360 today and that’s the drive in mine. This is just what I’ve noticed from the on the attached website.

    The site is all user submitted info.

    Comment by Thayer | March 26, 2007


    Comment by Thayer | March 26, 2007

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