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Hey there guys. I am thinking of putting together a media center type deal like so many people are these days. The trouble is that I have media everywhere and I would like it all bound to one simple device/interface. Now I currently am using a bunch of DvDs/hard drive space for the PC but I am thinking of instead opting to move all my pictures, movies, and music to an external hard drive and instead viewing all this content via the Xbox 360 but I have several questions because this is a daunting task to attempt.
The first question I have is how to increase the Xbox's hard drive capacity? 120 gigs is simply not enough for me. That is less than my computer hard drive. I do have a 1TB MyBook external hard drive which would be nice to utilize for all my media and just save the Xbox 360 hard drive for all my games and game saves. Can anyone verify if this is possible? Basically I want to hook up my external hard drive and have it carry all my pictures and content so if I do want to view all this, I can. Easily.
My section question revolves around the Xbox 360 and how well it plays with other media types. I assume it plays alright with music, with a basic interface to interact with my tunes like navigating and creating play lists and such. What about pictures? I haven't seen an Xbox 360 be used to view pictures but I assume it would have such an elementary feature.
My third question is regarding movies(digital and DvD copies), videos and other cumbersome content. I have movies and video content all over the place and I'd like to try and unify all my sources together. I have some movies in digital form, others from the Zune Video store, and others in DvDs. I would like to somehow rip all my content and put it on my external hard drive so I wouldn't have to deal with any discs but that probably isn't possible right now, is it?
My fourth and final question is regarding controls. Do you guys just use the Xbox controller to manipulate the interface or should I try and get a spiffy Xbox remote?
Any feedback you guys can offer would be great because my current solutions with a PC being as the center of my media center only started to turn up in smoke.