Why are USB flash drives recommended but USB HDDs are not?

I have an 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide (I think) that I have used on my Xbox 360 from time to time, and whenever I configure/customize for use for game data, the xbox always tells me that it is working and meets recommended requirements. I'm now using a 500gb Samsung 2.5" Sata external drive in a NexStar USB 2.0 enclosure formatted to USB for some extra storage. However, when I configure/customize it, the xbox tells me it doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but still works. This isn't really a big deal, it works fine and all. I'm just curious as to why it doesn't meet the recommended requirements since it should obviously be faster than the flash drive. Again, I have had no problems with either that I know of.
 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 1 Applies to:

Sorry for the mistake, it is formatted to FAT32 on the second partition, the last on the drive.

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Well first most HDDs are much larger than the maximum 32 gigs so it'd be a "waste" if that's all you were using it for and most people aren't going to want to be bothered to constantly move the HDD back and forth to access the other XX GB on their PCs.


Second, flash memory has a much higher IO rate than anything you could achieve on a traditional platter storage device.  If you had a 500 GB SSD and plugged it into your console it wouldn't mention it being below specs.

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