This guide will show you how to remove and replace the optical disc drive on the Xbox One S.

Flip the Xbox One S so that the bottom of the case is facing upward.
  • Flip the Xbox One S so that the bottom of the case is facing upward.

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Insert the plastic opening tool into the  gap between the bottom of the case and the grated top side. Then find the clips in between that hold the case in place.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the gap between the bottom of the case and the grated top side. Then find the clips in between that hold the case in place.

  • Use the opening tool to pop the clips out. The best method is to pry the black case away from the bottom.

  • You will hear clicking sounds when you are prying the case open. It may be fairly difficult to remove the bottom.

  • It's possible that the clips may break when you remove the bottom from the case.

  • We recommend starting at one corner and sliding the prying tool along the edges of the Xbox One S. Once the first few clips are opened you can lift the cover up to find the remaining clips.

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  • Once all of the clips are opened, remove the bottom part of the case.

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  • Find all of the green screws on the metal case labeled F1 through F6.

  • Take the T10 Torx screwdriver and remove the six 50 mm long screws.

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  • The port cover is held in place with rivets. Insert a pry tool gently between the top cover and metal casing on both sides to prepare the cover for removal.

Do not remove the back panel from the metal housing by popping loose the “rivets” in Step 5 photo. Those are not rivets, they are melted post-end mounts in which the heads will break off and CAN NOT BE REPLACED by the do-it-yourself repairer (unless you want to try hot gluing the mounts back to the panel, but success is uncertain with this method). While doing my own tear-down following the photo examples, I thought the rear panel was meant to come off due to the photo of it laying next to the body in Step 7. This is inaccurate, and will most likely result in a loose fitting panel upon reassembly. The “rivets” no longer have a means to hold onto the metal body tray they came loose from. So you will have the panel relying on alignment back to the channel the tabs came out of in order to hold it to the back of your machine. Other than this issue, I was able to perform the tear-down without problem.

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  • Gently separate the interior case from the white exterior case using the appropriate method.

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  • Flip the interior case so it is fan side upward.

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  • Gently pop and lift the metal panel on top of the interior case to access the hardware. It should come right off.

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  • To replace the hard drive, remove the two 10 mm T-10 Torx screws, C3 and C4, from the backside of the Xbox One S.

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  • Gently disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard (at the two plastic connector bodies).

Do not disconnect the connector in the second image! There are tiny prongs that bend easily and if bent just a tad bit they will break off. I had first hand experience with this and I ended up breaking my Xbox because I could not put that cable back on.

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  • To remove the optical disc drive, remove the silver 10 mm T-10 Torx screw labeled "C5."

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  • Pull the disc drive slightly off the motherboard and disconnect the plastic connectors from the motherboard.

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  • Remove the black, flat Torx screw from the bottom of the optical drive.

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  • Detach the wires from the disc drive and slide the drive out.

  • If necessary, you can use plastic opening tools to pry the connectors off of the drive.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Why do you have to replace the motherboard when replacing the optical disc drive?

Alexander Anders - Reply

because Microsoft puts a security code on the motherboard to pair the drive with the motherboard. so if they don’t match, all it will do is read DVDs and not play any games. Depending on the drive, sometimes you have to Unsolder and resolder the wires going to the motherboard. Other times, it can just be a series of clips for 2 cables and a plug.

If you learned basic soldering in High School, it isn’t too hard to solder.

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