XBOX 360 120GB Hard Drive Upgrade

I have a 3-year-old 20GB Xbox 360. I recently discovered the joy of purchasing games and DLCs from the marketplace, and as such have also found that the 20GB is not enough any more. I used a 16GB thumb drive as well and moved some games/saved content to it, but still ran out of space. So, I went out and bought a refurbished 120GB hard drive from Gamestop. It didn't come with a data transfer cable, which I also didn't know I needed until I started looking for instructions for doing the replacement. Therefore I am stuck with the memory stick model for moving content. Here's where the problems start. 

Since I have already been using my memory stick for saved game content, I need to first move the existing content onto something else temporarily, like my PC for example, then delete the content from the memory stick and use it to save the remaining content from my 20GB Xbox 360 drive before I install the new 120GB drive. However, when I attach my memory stick to my PC, it shows an Xbox 360 folder with a bunch of ~1GB files that mean nothing to me in terms of what the data is. 

My plan is to simply copy the contents of the folder from my thumb drive to my PC, then delete it from the thumb drive to make more space, move the remaining data from my current 20GB Xbox drive onto the thumb drive, install the 120GB hard drive, move the data from the thumb drive to that new hard drive, empty the thumb drive, copy the data from the PC to the thumb drive, and move that data from the thumb drive to new 120GB hard drive as well. Essentially copying all of my data over using a sort of bucket brigade from the 20GB drive to the thumb drive to the PC back to the 120GB drive. Is this safe to do? Can I safely copy all of the content that shows up on the thumb drive back to my PC, then back to the thumb drive, then back to the Xbox? 

Thanks in advance. 

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 66 Applies to:

Do you have enough space on your flash drive to store all your game saves?.
If you do just do that, put in your new HDD and recover your profile to it then tranfer the saves over from the flashdrive.

You can re download all your DLC to your new HDD for free using your download history .

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[quote user="iglablues"]I need to first move the existing content onto something else temporarily, like my PC for example,[/quote]Accessing any XBOX 360 storage device via unauthorized methods is considered system tampering and grounds for a permanent ban from the service. Don't do it.[quote]However, when I attach my memory stick to my PC, it shows an Xbox 360 folder with a bunch of ~1GB files that mean nothing to me in terms of what the data is. [/quote]The only way that folder and its contents show up is if you have enabled display of hidden folders and files under Windows Explorer. They're hidden for a reason. Do not copy or move them.[quote]Is this safe to do?[/quote]No.

 

Using the 360, Copy or Move only your user content (game saves, game profiles) and your gamertag to the USB stick. Replace the HDD. Using Download History, re-download all of your DLC and games from Live.

 

There's no point to copying over DLC and games as they're all available from Live. The only content you'll need to worry about is your personal save game and profile data.

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