How to configure a USB memory stick to be used as Xbox 360 storage (Saves & Profiles)

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    This is very simple to do, however I have had a fair few messages about this lately, and many people dont even know its possible. So here is a quick tutorial on how to use a USB memory stick up to 16gb, to store save games, profiles, games and dlc.

    Note: you can have a maximum of 2x usb memory devices / hard drives configured for Xbox 360 use connected to the console at any one time. The maximum space you can reserve for 360 use on each device is now 2TB with later dashboard updates..

    First connect your USB memory stick to the consoles USB port, it doesn't matter which one:

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    Go to system Settings:

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    Select Memory:

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    Now select your USB storage device:

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    You will have two options, "Configure Now" and "Customise":

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    Configure now will use all the space on the USB device for Xbox 360 storage, Customise will let you choose how much space you wish to reserve for use on the Xbox 360:

    The options shown if you select Customise:

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    You will be warned that everything will be erased from the USB device, so be sure if you have anything on it you want, copy it elsewhere first:

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    The USB storage device will be tested, if its fast enough to be used in the Xbox 360 it will be configured:

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    All been well your memory stick will be setup fine:

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    You will now be able to access the content stored on the device from within the Xbox 360 dashboard:

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    Games should ask you if you wish to save on the USB drive from now on, you can also copy your saves on to it as a backup.

    That's it, a very simple way to increase the storage capabilities of your 360, or an easy way to have a big memory card you can backup all your save games and content to.

    I personally have my profile and all my saves on a USB drive, that way I can continue playing no matter what Xbox 360 i am on, I find this very useful when having Xbox 360 lans where i might not always be on my own console.
     
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    A 1tb drive in an Xbox 360, i sense Jtaggery there ;)
     
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    Hi,

    i want to put my original 250gb slim hdd into my phat console.
    before i want to back everything up to the usb stick as here advised.
    then i want to put in a new Western Digital Hdd into my Slim console
    and back up everything from the usb stick to the new Western Digital Hdd.
    In your guide you say nothing about corruption to the files when doing the usb method,
    wont i have to deal with corruption on the files if i do it the way you say?

    thanks a lot
     
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    Nothing will get corrupted unless one of your consoles is either banned or flagged to be banned, if thats the case we have a tutorial on here on how to un-corrupt your data already.
     
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    the phat console is banned. the slim isnt. i backed up my gamertag thru xboxlive from phat to my slim and it works.
    now i want to backup my slim files so i can exchange the harddrives and then move the gamertag etc. back to the slim after it got the WD harddrive.
     
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    ok, i did as this guide advised and copied the dlcs to my usb stick. could only move the gamertag to the usb.
    now i put the stick into win 7 64bits and there is only one folder, hidden, with 7,46 GB data (Data0000->Data0008) but the files
    i copied off the console were only like 500MB altogether at most, weird?? it used the whole space of the usb stick to store 500mb...
     
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    the 360 creates that so you can use the usb stick for storage
     
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    ok, thanks! As long as my files are in there i am good..just wanted to email the 2mb gamertag but cant do it now with this size..hehe
     
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    You need to use USB Storage explorer , with that app you can extract your profile and inject it in to another USB stick or hard drive.
     
  11. Kenny Rucka Jarvis

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    Thank you nutter you helped me through this whole update optional media thing it was a nightmare but i got it done thanks again.
     
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    Hasn't it increased from 16gb to 32gb in a previous update?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Hello. I have an xbox white version. Not sure of the make and model, due to getting it pre-owned from a seller. I just got onto the xbox live for 360.

    However, I'm trying to do this step, but when I go to my xbox content, it says "Storage" instead of memory. Also, after formatting my 2 GB usb drive and plugging it into the pc, I can't get any reader software to recognize it. The only file on the drive is a folder called "Content" and nothing else
     
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    Copy some content to the usb drive you just configured, after plug the usb drive in to your PC. Can you then see anything in the content folder?
     

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