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Use the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable

See how to transfer content

If you've purchased a new Xbox 360 console, you can transfer everything—games, videos, music, saved games, gamertags, even your hard-won achievements—to your new console.

Note If you need to move only a small amount of content (32 GB or less), you can use a USB storage device to move the content to your new console. Find out more about using a USB storage device.

You may be able to purchase the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable online from the Microsoft Store or from a game retailer.

The Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable

Important Use only the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable to move your content. Microsoft does not license, support or guarantee the functioning of cables made by other manufacturers.

To transfer content to your new console, you'll need the transfer cable and the latest console software. The easiest way to update your console software is to connect to Xbox Live. Learn how to update your console software.

Once you have the latest console software and an Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable, you're ready to transfer content. You can use the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable to transfer content between any two Xbox 360 Hard Drives (Xbox 360 S Hard Drives or original Xbox 360 Hard Drives).

To transfer content to another console

Steps for using the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable

Watch the video, "Steps for using the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable." Note This video is available in English only.

  1. Turn off both consoles.
  2. Remove the hard drive from your old Xbox 360 console. Find out how to remove a console’s hard drive.
  3. Connect the transfer cable to the hard drive and plug the other end of the transfer cable into a USB port on the destination console (as shown below).

When both ends of the cable are connected, you’re ready to transfer.

Xbox 360 S and Xbox 360 E Hard Drive
Arrows show connecting the Xbox 360 S and Xbox 360 E Hard Drive
Original Xbox 360 Hard Drive
Arrows show connecting the Original Xbox 360 Hard Drive
  1. Turn on your new console. If you have the latest console software installed, the following message will appear:
A screen prompts the user with the message, 'Transfer cable detected. Do you want to transfer content now?', along with clickable Yes and No options.
  1. Choose Yes, transfer to console.
The Xbox 360 ‘Transfer Content' screen shows the categories of content, such as Games and apps, Gamer Profiles and Demos, along with the total size of each. Space details are also listed for the destination storage unit.
  1. Select Start to begin the content transfer.

The transfer may take several hours, depending on the amount of content stored on your old hard drive. Once the transfer is complete, sign in to Xbox Live and enjoy your new Xbox 360 console.

Content licences

After you transfer your content to the new console, some content might still be associated with your old Xbox 360 console. Don't worry—you can still play the content on your new console as long as you're signed in to Xbox Live using the gamertag that originally purchased the content.

If you want to use all of your transferred content without signing in to Xbox Live or with a different gamertag, you'll need to transfer the content licences to your new console. Here's how:

  1. Sign in to Xbox Live using the gamertag that you used to purchase the content.
  2. Go to Settings, and then select Account.
The main Xbox 360 ‘settings’ screen with the Account tile highlighted
  1. Go to Your Billing Options and select Licence Transfer.
  2. Follow the instructions to transfer the content licences.

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