How to Access an Xbox 360 HDD Plugged Into a Computer

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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An Xbox 360 hard disk drive (HDD) is formatted to work with the operating system of the device it is placed in. You can access an Xbox 360 HDD that is plugged into a PC by using an Xbox HDD reading program that can emulate the Xbox’s operating system. There are a number of Xbox 360 operating system programs created by game enthusiasts, most freely distributed for Windows-based operating systems and work in a similar manner to each other to read the data off an Xbox 360 HDD. The PC’s operating system will not be harmed in any way by using a Xbox HDD reading program.

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  1. 1

    Download an Xbox HDD reading program, such as Xplorer360, to the PC’s desktop (see the link in Resources.) Double-click on the file once it has fully downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the PC’s hard drive. Restart the PC.

  2. 2

    Launch the Xbox HDD reading program by selecting it from the “start,” “All Applications” pop-up menu.

  3. 3

    Select the Xbox 360 HDD icon from the list of choices presented in the left column of the program’s main screen. Click the “+” icon below the icon of the Xbox 30 HDD to view a list of the folders that are on the Xbox 360’s HDD.

  4. 4

    Click on the icon of a folder from the list presented below the Xbox 360 HDD icon. Select a file from the list presented in the column to the right of the folder icons

  5. 5

    Click on a file in the column to the right of the folder icons. Click the “Copy” button at the top of the program. Navigate in the window that appears to the PC’s desktop. Click the “Save” button at the bottom of the window to close the window.

  6. 6

    Quit the Xbox 360 HDD program once the program screen reappears. The file can now be accessed in the same manner as any file on the PC’s hard drive.

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