How to Restore XBox HDD

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How to Restore XBox HDD
Formatting the Xbox 360 hard drive erases all of its data, bringing it back to the factory settings. (hard drive image by Stanisa Martinovic from

If you plan on reselling your Xbox 360 or have upgraded to a larger hard drive and want to make back some money by selling your old one, you'll want to restore your Xbox hard drive to the factory settings so future users can't access your personal information. Formatting your Xbox HDD--restoring it to the factory settings--deletes all of the data from the hard drive. The amount of time needed to restore the hard drive varies depending on size and how much data is on the drive itself.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Power on your Xbox 360, making sure there's no disc in the tray so it goes to the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

  2. 2

    Navigate to "My Xbox" and choose "System Settings" by pressing the "A" button.

  3. 3

    Scroll down to "Memory" and press the "A" button.

  4. 4

    Select your hard drive from the provided list and press "Y." Then choose the "Format" option. Your console will ask you to confirm that you want to format the drive. Select "Yes" to start the formatting process.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're prompted to enter your serial number, find the number behind the oval door found at the front of your Xbox 360. This is a safety feature to prevent an accidental formatting of your hard drive.

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