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Old 02-02-2008, 01:21 PM   #1
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I am wanting to connect an external hard drive to my XBOX 360 using the usb ports on the front. The drive is not recognized by the XBOX. I have tried formating the drive as NTFS and Fat32 but I have been unable to get the drive recognized. I am wanting to use the XBOX to play back MP3 files on the drive. I am able to do this using a 40 gig MP3 player.

What format scheme do I need to use so the XBOX will recognizes the external hard drive?
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:28 PM   #2
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my hard drive is formated in Fat32 and the 360 recognizes it. if the drive is partitioned into different formats (Fat32 and NFTS) the 360 may not see the Fat32 part. try xbox-scene.com or some other xbox-related site if you don't get your questions answered here though.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:54 AM   #3
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Yon connect a usb harddrive of any size if you use MACdrive 7.0.10. MAke sure the drive is empty and format the drive you want. Im using 2 500 gig maxtor usb drives for all my media.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:52 AM   #4
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Yon connect a usb harddrive of any size if you use MACdrive 7.0.10. MAke sure the drive is empty and format the drive you want. Im using 2 500 gig maxtor usb drives for all my media.
so you can store the encrypted xbox live video content that you've paid for on external hdd's connected via usb??
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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so you can store the encrypted xbox live video content that you've paid for on external hdd's connected via usb??
no, but you can put music and video files onto it so you don't have to stream them from your computer. plug and play.
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Thank you for the replies. I will reformat and try again.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:45 AM   #7
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Make your Hard drive to FAT 32 as shown here and thats it.

ridgecrop.demon.co.uk

On that page go to FAT 32 Formatter Tab ..it will reveal al the mystery.

So simple maximu 2 mns job...And XBOX 360 can recognise your hard drive.
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With MACdrive 7.0.10. the problem is you cant take your hard drive to pc which does not have that software.

A drive with FAT 32 will work everywhere.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:29 PM   #9
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I am having the same problem. I went out and got a 500GB external harddrive to store files from my computer bc i was getting out of memory. And i figured i could use it for the xbox as well.

I was using a 2gb flash drive to view files on the xbox and this works (better than streaming and WMP) for small tv show files it doesn't hold enough for a movie (especially good quality) HD)

I had to format the External HD into NTSC for my computer files and then i realized it had to be fat32 for xbox. I used partition magic and created a 4gb sized partition and i tried to attach it to the xbox but it still won't recognize it.

Any ideas on what i'm doing wrong?

Thanks and i'm a new member as well so appreciate any help.
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I am having the same problem. I went out and got a 500GB external harddrive to store files from my computer bc i was getting out of memory. And i figured i could use it for the xbox as well.

I was using a 2gb flash drive to view files on the xbox and this works (better than streaming and WMP) for small tv show files it doesn't hold enough for a movie (especially good quality) HD)

I had to format the External HD into NTSC for my computer files and then i realized it had to be fat32 for xbox. I used partition magic and created a 4gb sized partition and i tried to attach it to the xbox but it still won't recognize it.

Any ideas on what i'm doing wrong?

Thanks and i'm a new member as well so appreciate any help.

I am not sure.. That should work as I was able to connect my old 80gb external Western Digital drive to it with no problems. Perhaps the entire drive needs to be formatted as Fat32 and not just 1 small partion.?. I only use flash drives now, and as you stated they work great. Now that you can get a 16gb flash drive for under $30, I have not had the need to use my external hard drive anymore other than to backup stuff.

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Old 06-25-2009, 09:02 PM   #11
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I am having the same problem. I went out and got a 500GB external harddrive to store files from my computer bc i was getting out of memory. And i figured i could use it for the xbox as well.

I was using a 2gb flash drive to view files on the xbox and this works (better than streaming and WMP) for small tv show files it doesn't hold enough for a movie (especially good quality) HD)

I had to format the External HD into NTSC for my computer files and then i realized it had to be fat32 for xbox. I used partition magic and created a 4gb sized partition and i tried to attach it to the xbox but it still won't recognize it.

Any ideas on what i'm doing wrong?

Thanks and i'm a new member as well so appreciate any help.


how many current partitions currently you have and what is the total space in GB?
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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I have an older 200GB Maxtor OneTouch (version 2--I believe) and I formatted it to fat32 using the fat32format program from ridgecorp and my 360 does not recognize it. So am I safe to assume that there are some external HDD that just aren't recognized by the 360? Or am I missing something that will make it work? I am tired of streaming everything from my PC and just want to get this to work without spending anymore. Anyone have any ideas on my problem? TIA
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Nevermind...just plugged it into the USB port on the back and now it works...M$ is dumbest group of smart people.
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I have a 1TB hard drive that has external power that I tried to connect to my XBox to watch HD movies that I have on there but it is not seeing the drive. The file type is NTFS. After reading some of these replys, it sounds like it needs to be in FAT32. Do it absolutely need to be in FAT 32 or is there some way around this to have my XBox recognize the NTFS file system? Obviously HD movies are larger than FAT 32 allows so I'm hoping I don't need to downgrade to FAT32 to watch lower quality movies from my XBox.

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Old 12-30-2009, 10:02 AM   #15
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I have the same problem with my new 1TB Passport... it is not recognized by the 360, but it is also not recognized by my WDTV unit. Seems strange that a WDTV unit would not recognize a WD 1TB drive. I'm in the process of updating the firmware to see if that helps.

I was all jazzed about the 1TB to consolidate several smaller drives that I own, but am obviously saddened that it doesn't work. The above posts seem to suggest that reformatting the drive to Fat32 is the solution... I've never done that before and am a bit leery of rendering the drive inoperable ($189 for the drive from Best Buy was a great price but I don't want to throw that money away).

What are the downsides to formatting Fat32?

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