How to Preformat a 120Gb Hard Drive for an XBox 360

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How to Preformat a 120Gb Hard Drive for an XBox 360
Preformat your hard drive for your Xbox 360 gaming console. (hard drive internals image by BigDog from Fotolia.com)

The Xbox 360 is a powerful gaming machine; its games are among the best of the next-gen systems. These high-resolution games sometimes need a lot of space to store their save files. This is why most Xbox 360 systems come with a hard drive to save games, but the Arcade version of the 360 only comes with a basic amount of storage. Xbox does sell a preformatted hard drive; use these steps to save some money.

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Things you need

  • 120GB Hard drive
  • Hard drive USB enclosure
  • Hard drive partitioning program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the 120 GB hard drive into the hard drive enclosure.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB from the enclosure into your computer. An auto-play message should pop-up to show it has been connected; press the "X" to get rid of this window.

  3. 3

    Go to "Start", then "My Computer", so a window opens showing the attached hard drive.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the removable hard drive, and choose "Format".

  5. 5

    Do not quick format the drive. Make sure "FAT32" is selected as the data allocation type.

  6. 6

    Press "Start"; this will launch another window with a progress bar. When the bar fills, the formatting is complete. Close all windows when the formatting is done.

  7. 7

    Open the partitioning program. Once in the program, choose the 120GB hard drive in the enclosure, then click the "Delete Partition" button. This button will appear on the program's main screen.

  8. 8

    Create a new partition by clicking on the button of the same name. Make the partition as big as possible by moving the "Resize Partition" slider to the right.

  9. 9

    Click the "Apply" button to finalise the changes you have made to your hard drive. This will open a new window.

  10. 10

    Click the "Start" button on this new window to commence partitioning the drive. When the progress bar is filled, you have completed partitioning your 120GB hard drive for use with the Xbox 360.

Tips and warnings

  • You can either harvest an old hard drive from a computer not being used or buy a new one to use in the enclosure.
  • Two programs for partitioning are Easus Partition Manager and Partition Magic.
  • Removing the hard drive while it is working might ruin it. Do not unplug the USB connectors while your hard drive is formatting or partitioning.

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