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“ How To: Using a Portable Harddrive With a Xbox 360 ”

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I haven’t made an egg in a while, and I figured I should contribute to the RE community once again. i iz have needz bettah grammer so I thought about sharing this neat little trick with you guys.

First and foremost, this egg will demonstrate how to properly partition a portable HDD, flashdrive, or any removable storage device for use with a xbox 360. The purpose of this is to make using multimedia easier on the actual system. This also saves space on your 360 HDD for games and marketplace media.

Items Needed:
Xbox 360
Your choice of removable storage
Proper cables (Usually a miniUSB or a USB 2.0)

First off Plug your drive in to your computer.


After that, go to your start menu and right click on "My Computer" or "Computer" and select "Manage"


After that, you should get this screeen...Now you need to click "Disk Management" underneath "Storage"


Now you come to a screen where all your drives should be visible. If you know what your portable drive name is (In my case, Portable HDD), then right click on it, and select "Shrink Volume"


That will take you to a screen where you can select how much you want to shrink your drive’s main partition by. The partition size needed for a Xbox 360 is 32gb (32000 megabytes) or less. If your drive doesn’t have that much space, just shrink it by however much space you want to be able to be accessible by your Xbox. If all you want to be able to access on your Xbox is music, then just shrink it to however much space you need for music. I’m going to go ahead and just shrink mine to the max which is 32 gigabytes :D


After you have successfully shrunk your main partition, it’s time to make a new one. Go to your "Disk Management" screen again and right click on your new partition. Then select "New Simple Volume"


Once you click that it will take you into a quick setup wizard.



Okay, well in this step, you have to make sure that its being formatted as a FAT32 device. And make sure to also tick "Quick Format"

And then just click next and finish. After its done formatting you can exit out of everything. When you plug your drive in, it should show up as 2 different drives. Just drag and drop your media files into there. And whala. You can now access your files through the dashboard.


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