HDD compatible formats

What external HDD formats are compatible with the Xbox360 Console.

I have looked on the internet and have come up with conflicting information, and have not found anything directly from mircosoft.

 

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Last updated July 3, 2018 Views 2,572 Applies to:

there are good ones on the market external usb hdd drives that are compatibles search google

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I am not asking what BRANDS are compatible..  I am asking what external HDD file formats the 360 is compatible with / can read..Maybe I need to be more specific...Fat - Fat16 - Fat32 - NTFS - HFS - HFS+ - Ext - Ext2 - Ext3 - Ext4 - UFS1 - UFS2 - HPFS - FFS - FATX - exFAT

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I always recommend sticking to microsoft brands its alway the safest way, when you dont the risk becomes yours and voids any warranty as well. food for thought

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Hi there, xbox uses windows fat32. Flash drive formatting guide link provided below as that shows you what the format is.

support.xbox.com/.../usb-flash-drive

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With regards to using USB hard drives for video, music and picture files, the hard drive needs to be formatted to either FAT32 or HFS+.  FAT32 partitions made in Windows only go up to 32GB, to make partitions higher than this you will need a third party software program.  HFS+ has no such limitation, but to format a hard drive in HFS+ within Windows you would need third party software.

Bear in mind that single files that are larger than 4GB can not be placed on a FAT32 formatted hard drive due to the 32-bit limitations of the file system.  HFS+ has no such limitations.

If you intend to use the storage device for Xbox storage, it must be formatted to FAT32. 

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[quote user="Obsessive Power"]to make partitions higher than this you will need a third party software program[/quote]No need for third party software if you're fine with a sorched earth approach. The 360 will format and partition any USB HDD it can't recognize. If you were to plug a 1TB NTFS drive into the console, you'd get the option to repartion/format it into one gigantic FAT32 volume.

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Thank you Obsessive Power...  

That simple and clear explanation ended my confusion and question about the 360's format compatibility..

I came across so much conflicting Info on the subject..  I found a couple of post's saying the 360 can read exFat partitions, and I tried it, to no avail.. I was going even more crazy, trying to figure what I was doing wrong to get it working...

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All the XBOX consoles can read the the following File systems:


NTFS, EXT2, exFAT, FAT32, FAT16, and all the iOS, MAC and Android devices when connected via USB.


By using some APPS in XBOX APPS Store you can also read some of the Linux File system. For example, EXT4, LUKS security system, etc.

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