How to Copy an XBox 360 Hard Drive

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How to Copy an XBox 360 Hard Drive
You can copy files from one HDD to another using a USB hard drive device as a bridge. (usb drive, isolated image by Oleg Verbitsky from

The Xbox 360 allows you to copy game files and other hard drive content between hard drive devices. Files typically cannot be copied, only transfered, between the external hard drive devices (HDD) which serve as the main source of memory storage for the game system. Files can be copied between devices when a USB portable hard drive is used as a bridge between the two HDD's. By first copying the files to the USB hard drive device, you are able to then transfer the content onto your chosen destination HDD.

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  1. 1

    Plug the USB hard drive device into one of the USB ports located on the front of your Xbox 360.

  2. 2

    Access the "Memory" sub-menu in the "System Setting" section of the "Dashboard."

  3. 3

    Choose your current HDD device from the storage device management screen.

  4. 4

    Select the files you wish to copy by highlighting them and pushing "A" on your game controller.

  5. 5

    Choose "Copy" from the command list and then chose the USB hard drive device as the "Destination" drive.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process until all desired files are copied to your USB hard drive device, then power off your Xbox 360.

  7. 7

    Replace the currently attached HDD with the HDD where you wish to copy the files and power on the Xbox 360.

  8. 8

    Access the "Memory" sub-menu once again and choose the USB hard drive device from the storage device management screen.

  9. 9

    Push "Y" on your game controller to launch the "Content Transfer Wizard."

  10. 10

    Select all files you wish to transfer to the new HDD, then highlight the "Start" command and push "A" on your game controller. This will cause the Xbox 360 to transfer the selected copied files to your new hard drive.

Tips and warnings

  • The Xbox 360 puts a limitation of 16GB's on any USB hard drive devices used to store files. If the amount you wish to copy exceeds this, you may have to repeat this process multiple times.

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