How to Back Up Xbox 360 Hard Drive

A hard drive for Xbox 360 is used primarily for storing data, allowing Xbox owners to save game and media files. User and game information are directly saved into the hard drive. When a user plays a game for the first time, a game file is created and that file gets updated as the owner continues to use it. The capacity of an Xbox hard drive ranges from 4GB up to 250GB. Of course, the larger the capacity, the more expensive it would be. An Xbox hard drive can also save other kinds of media files such as image and video files, audio files and playlists.

Xbox 360 consoles have a detachable hard drive that snaps onto the top of the console. This hard drive can be shared between consoles and can be upgraded to store more information. When upgrading, knowing how to back up Xbox 360 hard drive is recommended.

Step 1: Remove the Xbox 360 Hard Drive

In order for you to back up Xbox 360 hard drive, you first need to remove the hard drive from your console. Once connected to a computer, you can even use it to store files from your computer. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to back up Xbox hard drive to a computer.

  1. Press the button on the back of the console to remove the Xbox 360 hard drive case. Once ejected, turn the Xbox hard drive upside down with screws facing up and gently place it on the work area.
  2. Remove the Microsoft seal to make all screws visible. The Microsoft seal is covering one of four screws needed to be removed. This procedure will void the warranty on your hard drive only. The warranty on your Xbox 360 system remains intact, so you don’t have to worry.
  3. Using a T-6 TORX screwdriver, remove the four visible screws and carefully pry off the top of the case. Regular screwdrivers won’t help and they might cause damage to your screws.
  4. From the internal hard drive case, you’ll discover 4 more visible screws. Use a T-10 TORX screwdriver to remove the 4 screws. Then remove the thin metal cover and you’ll see the 2.5” hard drive.
  5. Unplug the hard drive cable and lift the metal casing in an angle to slide out the hard drive.

Step 2: Connect the Hard Drive to Your Computer and Back Up

The next step is to connect the Xbox hard drive to your computer. Follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, download and install Xplorer360.
  2. Use a SATA (Serial ATA)-to-USB adapters to connect the Xbox 360 hard drive to your computer.  (You can buy SATA-to-USB adapters online so you don’t have to open the case of your computer. But if you like the old fashion way, open your computer case and attach both a SATA cable from your motherboard to the Xbox 360 hard drive, as well a SATA power cable from your computer’s power supply).
  3. Use Xplorer360 to back up Xbox 360 hard drive. You can extract the files on your hard drive and save it on your computer. To make a full back up of your Xbox 360 hard drive, click the Drive menu and then click Backup Image.

Congratulations! You have completed backing up your Xbox 360 hard drive.