How to Copy Xbox 360 Games to a Hard Drive

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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.

Skill level:
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    Copying to the Xbox Hard Drive

  1. 1

    Download the "DVD2XBOX" software onto your Xbox 360 console. Once it's installed, it should appear in the Xbox dashboard under "Applications."

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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."

  4. 4

    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 a Separate Hard Drive

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

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.

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