Old Xbox 360 Hard Drive + Hard Drive Transfer Kit = Portable USB Hard Drive!




So... You've decided to buy the 120GB HDD for your Xbox 360. Now you have an old hard drive that you're probably not going to use anymore, as well as a useless cable. You could sell it or give it away... or put it to good use.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:
-An unused Xbox 360 hard drive
-The Hard Drive Transfer Kit cable that came with the 120GB hard drive
-A disk format utility for your pc (this tutorial will use Windows Disk Management)

Step 2: Plugging in the Hard Drive

Attach your unused hard drive to the transfer kit. Plug the USB Cable into your computer and let it install the drivers. It should be pretty much automatic.

Step 3: Formatting the Hard Drive

Open Windows' Disk Management (Start>Right-Click My Computer>Click "Manage">Click Disk Management on the left side of the window). A pop-up should appear to tell you that you need to initialize the disk. Select MBR it it isn't selected and click OK.

Scroll down to the large black "Unallocated" block. (Make sure that it's your Xbox 360 HDD; its size should closely match your hard drive's size.) Right-click that block, and select "New Simple Volume".

Keep clicking Next until you reach the screen titled "Format Partition". You can keep the file system as NTFS, but I would recommend changing it to FAT32. You can also change the Volume Label if you want.

Click Next, then Finish. The drive will format.

Step 4: You're (almost) Done!

Well, that's it. You can now load up your hard drive with your own files, music, documents, backups, etc. You can even install Portable Apps or a full operating system on your new hard drive. Go crazy and have fun.

(Additional notes: Unfortunately, the hard drive won't be recognized by the Xbox 360. However, it will be recognized on a PS3.)

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    "TheMilkHasGoneBad".... Quite a unique computer name.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice way to reuse a working old HDD!

    Another way to reuse it is to (one of my favorite things) void the warranty and extract the 2.5" HDD and use it for ...I dunno... lots of stuff. And if you get a USB adapter case for it that might be a bit more convenient, too.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a slight problem following this Instructable... I cannot install the drivers for the HDD, I get "Error Code 10" on Windows Vista.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I was actually looking for a way to to exactly this earlier yesterday,

    nice one dude


    9 years ago on Step 4

    "(Additional notes: Unfortunately, the hard drive won't be recognized by the Xbox 360. However, it will be recognized on a PS3.)"

    that's no longer true, as of the 6th April 2010 xbox 360 consoles that are connected to xbox live will receive an update that allows them to use usb storage.

    also the xbox would have recognized it anyway it just wouldn't save to it.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    unless u have a new xbox 360 which can make a use in to the format so then you could have to hard drive for the one consol


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I would of just taken it apart and unplugged th 2.5" SATA HDD and put it in an OWC Express enclosure ($20+ your flavor of shipping method) formatted it and have a less ghetto looking external USB HDD.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    you could use some duct tape to make it more permanent.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I have windows vista, and when I plug it in it says mass usb storage, but it doesn't show up anywhere under computer or the disk thing. Tried it on an XP machine too... what's going on?

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    You can use this to hide info away from prying eyes. >_> No one will ever thing to look in your XBOX 360 hard drive. :P

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Why didnt I do this with my old hard drive?! Argh I sold my 20GB one, still have the adaptor however, I find it funny that in the instruction booklet it says to dispose of the adaptor accordingly after use, pfft yeah right, with the adaptor i have full access to my xbox hard drive and back up my saves!