External Hard Drive Formatting?

All over the internet people are saying that you can format an external hard drive to hfs+ to watch videos that are over 4 gigs in size on your xbox 360.

I just want to hear an official answer (or even a highly knowledgable one!) on this matter.

I have formatted my external to hfs+ multiple times, put movies on it, and yet the xbox 360 doesn't even know it's (the drive) there.

What am i doing wrong?

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 205 Applies to:

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I believe the external hard drive needs to be formatted to FAT32 for use with the xbox 360 console.

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FAT32 works perfectly... only when you're trying to watch files less than 4 gigs in size.

most HD movies are just slightly over that mark when compressed, few are below it when compressed.

Maybe there's an update for me to download or something?

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The Xbox 360 will only recognize Flash media formatted as FAT32, and will only play files under 4GB in size.

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[quote user="Miss Portia"]

The Xbox 360 will only recognize Flash media formatted as FAT32, and will only play files under 4GB in size.

[/quote]Not strictly true.

 

I play a 7gb HD .wmv file on my 360 without a problem, though I confess that is streamed from my PC so perhaps the 4gb limit is only for drives connected directly to the console?

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[quote user="voteDC"]

[quote user="Miss Portia"]

The Xbox 360 will only recognize Flash media formatted as FAT32, and will only play files under 4GB in size.

[/quote]Not strictly true.

 

I play a 7gb HD .wmv file on my 360 without a problem, though I confess that is streamed from my PC so perhaps the 4gb limit is only for drives connected directly to the console?

[/quote]

It might be because you are streaming it. But the 360 will accept either FAT32 or HFS+.

The downside of FAT32 is that you cannot have a single file that is bigger than 4GB whereas you can with HFS+. 

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[quote user="DynamiteKick01"]I have formatted my external to hfs+ multiple times, put movies on it, and yet the xbox 360 doesn't even know it's (the drive) there.[/quote]Where are you looking? Are you looking under Videos, or are you looking under System Settings, Memory?[quote]What am i doing wrong?[/quote]Maybe nothing, but to find out I'd have to reinstall MacDrive and then format a USB HDD or USB flash drive to HFS+. Not really up to doing that at the moment.

 

I have tested this before, but pre-Kinect update. The Zune PC version of Halo Legends is over 5GB in size. I put it on an HFS+-formatted USB HDD and it played fine on the console.

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Allow me to rephrase - For storage devices connected to the console, only the use of FAT32 formatted devices are supported. If you're able to use HFS+, be aware that is not a supported format. :)

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try an ipod, they use to work, trying to make a usb drive here to work to, but doesnt seem to do anything.

maybe its the new update they dont support anymore. i am not sure, i dont have any ipod (nano)left

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