With so many rumors out about Xbox 360 consoles damaging their games, people are looking for ways to save those games to a hard drive. Finally, there is a software program that will let you copy the games directly to the Xbox hard drive. You can also copy them to a separate drive, but it's much harder and riskier.
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Download the "DVD2XBOX" software onto your Xbox 360 console. Once it's installed, it should appear in the Xbox dashboard under "Applications."
Open the DVD2Xbox program and place a game disk in the console. First, go to "Settings" by pressing the white controller button. Enable both the F and G drives. Then, push the back button.
Press the controller's "A button" once you have a "DVD: XBOX Software" message at the screen bottom. Choose either the E, F or G drives and the "games" subdirectory to copy the game to. Then, press "A."
Start the copying process by pressing the "Start" button. When the machine finishes copying, you will get a confirmation screen and can then exit the program.
Copying to the Xbox Hard Drive
Connect your console to your PC with an ethernet cable. Create an FTP window on the PC and copy the games onto the computer using the FTP.
Convert your copied games into ISO files. You'll need software like ISO or Qwik to do this, and either software type is downloadable for free.
Burn the ISO files onto a DVD-R, DVD-RW or CD-RW to make a backup copy of the game disc. You will need DVD burning software that will make Xbox compatible discs. Nero's Burning ROM or Alcohol 120 will do this.
Copying to a Separate Hard Drive
Tips and warnings
- You should make sure your Xbox hard drive has plenty of free space before doing this.
- Backup copied discs won't work unless you install a mod chip in your console. Not only will this be expensive and very difficult, but it will also void your warranty and prevent you from using Xbox Live.