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 console
Hard drive for the Xbox 360 E console

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.

Use this transfer cable to transfer content between any two Xbox 360 Hard Drives.

Note You can also use 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.

Supported content

The table below details what types of content can be stored on a hard drive and on a USB flash drive.

Type of content Xbox 360 hard drives USB flash drive
Xbox game data x x
Themes, icons, avatar items, game contents, demos, and trailers x x
Arcade titles x x
Facebook and Twitter pages x x
Xbox 360 Games x x
Movies x x
Music files (.mp3, .wma) x  

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 a small door on the front of the console:

Serial number location, Xbox 360 E console
Serial number location, Xbox 360 E console

Rename your storage device

You can rename an Xbox 360 Hard Drive 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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