Can I transfer 360 data to an external hard drive?
February 4, 2012 7:00 PM Subscribe
Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive?
posted by HostBryan to technology (9 answers total)
So my 360 gave up the ghost today with an E-73 error. This isn't the first time it's happened to me, and the first time it did I sent it to Microsoft for a warranty repair. Naturally, it decided to break again with the same error now that I'm out of warranty.
Weirdly, both incidents happened the week a new Soul Calibur game came out, but I digress.
So anyway, I went through the rigamarole with Microsoft's tech support website, and was informed that there was nothing I could do to fix the machine myself and that I'd have to send it back to Microsoft for a $99 out-of-warranty repair. And of course, they'd send me a refurbished old model unit, which is only under warranty for 90 days and could easily break again.
So rather than put up with that, I've decided that just getting a new console is probably the way to go. I'm not really in the mood to drop another $300 into Microsoft's coffers, so I'd rather just get the new 4-gig unit. The problem is that I had a 20-gig unit originally, and while I definitely don't have over 4 gigs of save data, it has posed a unique situation:
1. The 360 supports external hard drives. I have one that's perfect for the task, and would give me about another 30 gigs of space, more than I have now.
2. However, the Xbox 360 Transfer Cable transfers all the data at once.
3. So can I plug my external hard drive in and choose to copy everything over from my old 360 hard drive to that external hard drive during the transfer process, or will it automatically transfer to the onboard memory, of which there is not enough to hold everything I have on the 360 hard drive?
Basically, I'm mostly concerned about my save files. I can redownload anything else, but those are trickier. Any assistance?