The Xbox 360 represented a giant change for the video game industry, as video game consoles evolved to be about more than just playing games. With the Xbox 360, you were able to install games to your hard drive, download and watch movies and use the hard drive to store and stream music. If you’re using one of the default hard drives that came with the Xbox 360, you’ll likely find yourself quickly out of space. Luckily, there is a number of 500GB hard drives that ensure you’ll always have enough hard drive space on your Xbox 360.

Swapping out an Xbox 360 hard drive is as simple as changing the disc in the drive. Simply turn the console over, slide out the old hard drive, then slide in and secure the new hard drive. Your Xbox 360 will immediately recognize the hard drive and you’ll be gaming again in no time. However, keep in mind that you won’t have all 500GB available for use — around 20GB or so is reserved for system use.

The official Xbox 360 500GB Media Hard Drive by Microsoft will likely be your first choice when looking for a replacement hard drive. Unfortunately, this hard drive only works with the Xbox 360 Model S and Model E consoles so check to make sure your system is compatible before buying. You may also want to purchase an Xbox 360 Transfer Cable by Microsoft so you can transfer your data from the old hard drive to the new one!

If you’re looking to save a bit of cash, there are a few unofficial hard drives which function just as good as the official version. Penny pinchers will want to take a look at the Findway New 500GB HDD Internal Hard Drive Disk or the 711TEK (TM) 500GB Hard Disk Drive.

With a 500GB hard drive for your Xbox 360, worrying about hard drive space is a thing of the past. If you frequently use your Xbox 360, the increased space of this hard drive isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity!