External Xbox 360 Hard Drive (HDD)

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Introduction: External Xbox 360 Hard Drive (HDD)

About: I think it's fun to shoot guns & build things. Also, I love to play football, baseball, and basketball. I play the piano and I like to build electronics.

This instructable is on how to create your own external Xbox 360 hard drive.

This hard drive can be used to store: Music, videos, photos, a much more!

Step 1: Supplies

What you need for this instructable is:

1 Xbox 360
1 external hard drive
1 USB cable
1 Power cable ( if your external hard drive requires it)



To start off plug your hard drive into your mac. (USB cable, power cords)

Step 2: Formating

To format your hard drive for the 360:

Open the application "Disk Utility" (it's under the utilities tab in your applications folder. Picture 1)

With disk utility open, select your hard drive model; not the name you've given it, just the model...

Then, select the partition tab... Picture 2

Now, you should see a drop down menu labeled "Volume Scheme."

This menu is were you choose how many partitions you want on you hard drive.

My drive is pretty big so I chose three partitions..

Chose your desired size of your partition.

Then, in the drop down menu labeled "Format" select "MS-DOS (FAT)" for your 360's partition;
you can choose different formats for other partitions.

Hit Apply...

Step 3: Add Files

Now you can add almost any files to your hard drive!!

I chose to add some music & a few movies...

you can add what ever you want...!

Step 4: Xbox 360

Now it's time to play, use, hack, etc. all of the files on your hard drive...

First, plug up all of the necessary cables (USB, Power) to your 360.

Then, turn on your 360 and go to your "music library" press A (picture 3)

Now, select your source as "Portable Device."

Finally chose what files you want to play, use, hack, etc.

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    35 Discussions

    what if u dont have an apple mac computer and all u have is a pc...

    How can i utilise external hdd for jtag games tht also support file transfer larger than 4gb (fat32 limitations)

    best format it (since you have a mac) HFS+, because it supports files bigger than 4 gb and most HD movies are >4gb

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    Does the 360 support HFS+? if not, then you should probably just go with FAT32 instead of FAT. Better yet, if you can get ahold of a linux LiveCD (Not hard) format it in XFS!

    I'm not sure about support for XFS, what I do know is that HFS+ and FAT32 are supported. It doesn't even support NTFS, which I find kinda weird

    Really? That's weird considering they are MS. Wasn't XFS what the original Xbox used?

    Creative, but why not just use the networking feature already built in to your xbox? I have two PS3s and two 360s networked to my main computer, which doubles as the household media server. This is providing 3.5TB (3,500GB) worth of movies, music, and music videos to the rest of the house. If your console and computer are both online, then you are already set up to network them together.

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    Some of us wan to "think outside the box (home)"! I am puttng mine in a show truck.

    can you turn an xbox harddrive into a external harddrive for a computer

    check out this post here: http://wnbtechie.blogspot.com/2011/01/4gb-vs-250gb-or-upgrading-your-xbox-360.html

    easy way to upgrade your Xbox hard drive for the cheap without worrying about the limitations of an external hard drive or the complications of doing a JTAG

    I have the ppc g5 and it is terribly slow... if i make honors this trimester (good grades) i am going to make a nice pc and possible dual boot hackintosh.

    ok, i was startin to get really excited about this, because i have a fancy-schmancy seagate freeagent 320gb (or something like that) and i wanted to use that instead of just buying a new, separate hard drive. then, i saw you went to the music library, which is what i do with my mp3 player. so, this isnt an xbox hard drive, this is just a way to play your music from the tv, you cant copy saved games to it, you cant install games or DLCs to it, so now im royally pissed. please rename the title or do something to umm.... (disambiguate?) this, b ecause im sure a lot of other people have done the same.

    there's no way you can play x360 off of an external usb harddrive, what you can is put the gamedisc in the xbox360 and then copy it to the internal harddrive (but you still need the disc inserted when you wan't to play)

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     Yes, I know about JTAG. But I commented that a long time ago, mate ;-)