Just got a second Xbox 360 - Trying to clarify something

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Bill Loguidice
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Second 360
Mark Vergeer wrote:

It might be that the xbox 360's hard drive connectors aren't up to regular swapping out.

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True, though I know people who do it and haven't had issues. I tried it and it actually comes out real easy, but snapping it back in is kind of scary.

I'm going to set up the 20GB on the system first and just do an offline Gamertag so the system can be used to play games at any times (it also comes with the Xbox Live Arcade disc which has various Xbox Live Arcade games on it) and then just swap in the 120GB when I want to use it for other stuff, particularly Netflix.

I just had to renew my Xbox Live Gold Membership and only paid $38.99 on Amazon for 13 months of it, so certainly that's another possibility to just get another subscription. I'm not going to do it, but the costs wouldn't be that awful.

I'll post once the system comes and see what happens.

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I wonder how that 'swapping of drives' will go

It might be that the xbox 360's hard drive connectors aren't up to regular swapping out.

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More Xbox 360 x2 thoughts
Mark Vergeer wrote:

- with a memory card storing your profile, that's how I do it when I go over to a friend to play
- it is possible to 'recover' your account on the other console but that goes against the Microsoft ULA and might get you banned
So the memory card option is the safest way.

Right now I'm just going to swap hard drives when I want to use one or the other, though I'm looking into getting this ( http://www.amazon.com/Transfer-Kit-Xbox-360/dp/B000G02KGG/ref=pd_bbs_4?i... ) and a memory card to be able to have my gamertag on both (it's just a matter of cloning it twice). I won't have both on at the same time, since one will be in the family room and one will be in our bedroom, so there shouldn't be any issues. I've also read that it merely logs you out of one if you log into the other, so there shouldn't be any ULA issues. Still, I may end up going the memory card route. I just have to see how things shake out and what kind of deals I can get. The plus side to just moving my hard drive between the systems is that I can continue playing the same games from the same save state. The downside of course is unsnapping the hard drive each time. I suppose the more I think about it, I'll just do that unless I find it too much of a PITA swapping drives. I assume display and sound information for the TV/sound system is stored on the console itself, not the hard drive, right? (Meaning I won't have to reconfigure video/sound each time I swap drives)

Mark Vergeer wrote:

The 20Gig drive might be too small for you anyways as the new XLE takes up a huge chunk of the 20Gig resources. I am very curious after your experiences as I myself am in the market for a second (Falcon based) hdmi connectable 360

This is HDMI connectible and that's how I'll do it on our bedroom TV, a 27" LCD (720p/1080i - I'll run it in the former). I was considering swapping it with my main unit, but I'd rather leave that well enough alone.

The 20GB will be more than enough for a second system. My primary was upgraded to 120GB and I do everything on there. The 20GB will be just fine to have all of my owned XBLA games on it, game saves and Netflix. However, if I stick with this idea of just moving the hard drive between the systems, then the point is moot anyway.

By the way, I think with Gamertag recovery, it disables it then on all other systems, so that's not a good solution since you'd have to recover each time, and supposedly the process can take upwards of 20 minutes and has the possibility of corrupting your saves. The only clean way of doing it is to use the memory and transfer device to clone the gamertag. Again, more cost (probably another $50 - $60 total) that I probably don't want to deal with, and then I still don't get the same saves on each system. Since I don't plan on bringing my gamertag to a friend's house, the hard drive swap is probably the best plan. Of course I could just get a big memory card without the transfer kit and move my gamertag/saves to the card and just move that between systems, but since I don't plan on playing my tag at anyone's house at this point, there's no particular advantage for me to doing that over the hard drive swap, save for the fact that it's easier to plug/unplug the memory card.

The only other option is to pay for a second Xbox Live Gold account and use the 20GB hard drive on the upstairs system and keep them totally separate. Not ideal either, but certainly a third option.

Option 1 - Swap 120GB hard drive between systems ($0), Option 2 - Clone Gamertag and just be careful about concurrent logins (~$60, one time), Option 3 - Pay for another Xbox Live Gold account (~$50 per year). Each solution has its own positives and negatives, though option 1 on the surface looks like it has the most advantages (continuing game saves, continuing to improve my gamerscore, no issues of maintaining more than one setup, etc). I guess Option 4 (~$40) is to replace Option 1's hard drive with a big memory card, achieving a similar effect and more portability, though obviously not everything fits on the memory card versus the hard drive and then I'd have to keep track of multiple devices.

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Mark Vergeer
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Having your account on two xboxes is possible

- with a memory card storing your profile, that's how I do it when I go over to a friend to play
- it is possible to 'recover' your account on the other console but that goes against the Microsoft ULA and might get you banned
So the memory card option is the safest way.

The 20Gig drive might be too small for you anyways as the new XLE takes up a huge chunk of the 20Gig resources. I am very curious after your experiences as I myself am in the market for a second (Falcon based) hdmi connectable 360

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