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Xbox 360 storage

Overview

Learn about Xbox 360 storage devices and options for storing and moving Xbox 360 content. You can store and move content between consoles using the following accessories.

Xbox 360 Hard Drive

Attach an Xbox 360 Hard Drive to increase the capacity of your console.

Hard drive for the Xbox 360 E and 360 S consoles Hard drive for the original Xbox 360 console
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Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable

You can use the Xbox 360 Transfer Cable to transfer content to a new console. For more information, see Use the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable or watch the following video.

Steps for using the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable

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Use this transfer cable to transfer content between any two Xbox 360 hard drives (Xbox 360 S Hard Drive or original Xbox 360 Hard Drive).

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This older transfer cable can transfer content from an original Xbox 360 Hard Drive to any Xbox 360 console.

Xbox 360 USB flash drive

Store or move up to 16 GB of content with the Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive by SanDisk (preconfigured).

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This is compatible with both the Xbox 360 S console and the original Xbox 360 console.

Note You can use other USB flash drives to store up to 32 GB of content. Configure these flash drives as memory units to work with the Xbox 360. To learn how to format a USB flash drive for an Xbox 360 console, see Xbox 360 USB flash drive support.

Xbox 360 Memory Unit (original Xbox 360 console only)

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Store or move up to 512 MB of content.

Supported content

The table below details what types of content can be stored on a hard drive, a USB flash drive and an Xbox 360 Memory Unit.

Type of content Xbox 360 hard drives USB flash drive Xbox 360 Memory Unit
Xbox game data x x x
Themes, icons, avatar items, game contents, demos and trailers x x x
Arcade titles x x x
Facebook and Twitter pages x x x
Xbox 360 games x x x
Xbox 360 Games on Demand x x x
Films x x  
Music files (MP3, .wma) x    
Original Xbox games x    

Format a storage device

Important When you format a storage device, it erases all of the information saved on that device and can’t be recovered. Make sure that you don’t want the information stored on that device, or that you’ve backed up the information to another device before you continue.

To format a storage device

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and select System Settings.
  2. Select Storage or Memory.
  3. Select the storage device that you want to format and then press Y on your controller.
  4. Select Format. You will see the following message:
    This will delete all content on this device. Do you wish to continue?
  5. Select Yes to format the storage device.
  6. If prompted to enter your console serial number, do so, and then select Done. This step helps guard against accidental formatting.

The console serial number is located on the back of the console and behind the oval door on the front of the console.

Serial number location, Xbox 360 E console
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Serial number location, Xbox 360 S console Serial number location, original Xbox 360 console
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Rename your storage device

You can rename an Xbox 360 Hard Drive, an Xbox 360 Memory Unit or a USB flash drive.

To rename a storage device

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and select System Settings.
  2. Select Storage or Memory.
  3. Select the storage device that you want to rename, and then press Y on your controller.
  4. Select Rename.
  5. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter a name for your storage device.

Note The storage device name can’t exceed 26 characters.

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