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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!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Deus6 years ago
best format it (since you have a mac) HFS+, because it supports files bigger than 4 gb and most HD movies are >4gb
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?

After lots of research, xbox 360 will only support FAT32 and HFS+.