How do I Burn XBox Games to a Disk & Play Them Off of the Disk?

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How do I Burn XBox Games to a Disk & Play Them Off of the Disk?
DVD+DL discs can hold up to 8.5 GB each. (dvd image by dinostock from

Xbox 360 games are manufactured on dual-layered DVD discs that can hold up to 8.5 GB of data each. You can legally burn Xbox 360 games if you own the original disc and wish to create a backup copy for archival purposes. Burning Xbox 360 games on your computer creates an .ISO disc image of the game that is then burnt to a blank dual-layered DVD disc. Burning an Xbox 360 game for use in an Xbox 360 console will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

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Things you need

  • Dual-layered DVD burner
  • DVD+DL blank disc
  • ISO read/write application (see References)

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  1. 1

    Turn on the computer and log in to your user account. Open a web browser and download an .ISO read/write application, install it, then restart your computer and log in again.

  2. 2

    Run the .ISO program and eject your burner's disc tray. Place the original Xbox 360 game disc you wish to copy in the disc tray then close it. Click "Read to .ISO" on the program's menu then provide a title for the .ISO file being create on your computer. Click "OK" and the program will begin copying the entire Xbox 360 game to a single .ISO file on your computer.

  3. 3

    Once the .ISO copy process finishes, eject the Xbox 360 game and place a blank DVD+DL in the disc tray then close it. Click "Burn .ISO to Disc" then select the .ISO file you just created, a title for the disc being burnt, and a disc recording speed (choose 1x, 2x, or 4x to avoid hardware errors that occur at higher disc speeds). Click "OK" and the .ISO program will begin writing the game disc image to your blank DVD+DL. Your newly copied Xbox 360 game will be ready for use with your console as soon as the burning process is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Illegally copying Xbox 360 games you do not own yourself is prohibited by federal law.

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