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 Drives

Attach an Xbox 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

Use the Xbox 360 transfer cable to transfer content to a new console. For more information, see How to use the Xbox 360 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 Drives or original Xbox 360 Hard Drives).

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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

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  • Store or move up to 16 GB of content with the Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive by SanDisk (preconfigured).
  • 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. They must be configured as Xbox 360 memory units. Learn how to format a USB flash drive for an Xbox console.

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 contentXbox 360 hard drivesUSB flash driveXbox 360 Memory Unit
Xbox game dataxxx
Themes, icons, avatar items, game contents, demos and trailersxxx
Arcade titlesxxx
Facebook and Twitter pagesxxx
Xbox 360 Gamesxxx
Xbox 360 Games on Demandxxx
Filmsxx
Music files (.mp3, .wma)x
Original Xbox gamesx

Format a storage device

Important When you format a storage device, all of the information saved on that device is erased and cannot be recovered. Make sure that you either do not want the information stored on that device or have 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 you are asked to enter your console serial number, do so and then select Done. This step helps to 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 cannot exceed 26 characters.

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