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#29018 19-Dec-2008 15:42
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Hi everyone, I want to replace my 20Gb XBOX-360 Hard Drive with a bigger one, especially now that it's possible to download games to HDD.  However, I've got no idea how to replicate what's currently on my 20Gb drive when I do it - I don't want to lose my saved games, downloads etc...

Any ideas on how to backup/restore to a bigger hard-drive?  Anyone done this before?

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  #185162 19-Dec-2008 16:01
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Microsoft offer a 120gb addon which you can buy and then get a transfer cable to transfer the data but I have also heard about people installing custom 2.5" harddrives into the harddrive case

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  #185165 19-Dec-2008 16:03
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Don't even think about doing it. Data is encrypted in the 20GB, 60GB and 120GB HDD that is officialy supplied by Microsoft. Try to put one of your model in A) You will get banned off Xbox live B) Even if you get hold of the same model HDDand the same size HDD from somewhere else, Microsoft will still know about it and label your gamertag as "Cheater" and ban that account. Everyone tried and everyone failed

Bought myself a 120GB hdd. Cheaper Xbox 360 HDD at Link

Do whatever you want to do man.




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Wannabe Geek

  #185171 19-Dec-2008 16:54
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Ok, so if I buy an official Microsoft 120Gb hard-drive for the XBOX-360 and use a transfer cable to slurp my data across, will it still label me as a "cheater" and lock me out of XBOX Live?

That would seem a little unfair - surely they must have thought of a legitimate upgrade path for people who bought the first units with the smaller hard-drives?


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  #185176 19-Dec-2008 17:08
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I've just been doing some digging online, and found some articles that deal with this.  Apparently there is an official data-transfer kit, designed for a "one-off" transfer of data from a small hard drive to a larger one.  However, you've got to be using Microsoft's official hard-drives, and it won't transfer everything.

I don't think I'll bother just yet...


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  #185182 19-Dec-2008 17:47
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One thing to note is that even if you copy your games to the hard drive you will still need the original disc to play the game (original required to bypass microsoft security) so its kind of pointless upgrading your hard drive anyway.

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  #185219 19-Dec-2008 21:37
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Laz: One thing to note is that even if you copy your games to the hard drive you will still need the original disc to play the game (original required to bypass microsoft security) so its kind of pointless upgrading your hard drive anyway.

*shrugs*  I don't know that I'd call it kind of pointless - the noise difference when playing games is substainly better - and anecdotely I'd say that load times are quicker.  Of course, once you start copying one game to the hard drive, you realise very quickly that the bigger hard drives would be superb.

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  #190159 17-Jan-2009 12:46
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Hae there im an expert with 360, yes you can custom make you own 120gb hard drive and its easy i did it and im not band,
there are a few ways to move your stuff over, a take it apart its only a 2.5 laptop drive, and use 360xplorer and the take it all off and put on new drive.
 i have a tool here that allows me to plug into the base of the hard drive and do it that way not voiding warrenty, or you could spend heaps of $$$ to m$ and buy there 120gb and do it that way


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  #190170 17-Jan-2009 13:26
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Buying either a 60GB or 120GB official Xbox 360 HDD will get you a transfer cable, too. I used this cable when I decided to upgrade from my 20Gb HDD. You will not be 'branded as a cheater', either.

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