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So, I sold my Xbox 360 with a 60gb HDD last year and my friend just gave me a free Xbox, however; it doesn't have a hard drive. So, I figured, since Microsoft allows USB memory support, I could just use my 120gb external HDD, right?

Wrong!.
Well, a little bit wrong.

I can use the external USB HDD, I've reformatted it, and recovered my gamertag and applied updates to it, yet the Xbox only allows me to use 15.9GB of the 120GB HDD.

I read something about something called "HDDHackr" and it appears to only apply to 2.5" laptop HDDs for the 360, which you use in an enclosure to implement USB cable support from the HDD to the 360.

Is it possible to use all 120GB of my external HDD for my hard drive, or should I just buy myself a certified 360 HDD.
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post #2 of 14
Check out the list of accepted drives for HDDHackr, I don't remember the list but I remember they had a lot more drives supported than when they started. Either way, getting the drive and using that hardware on it will be much cheaper than one sold by Microsoft.
post #3 of 14
There's a certain series of Western Digital laptop drivers that actually work with no modification. You still have to edit the firmware I think due to the 360 itself will only read certain HDD sizes unless you edit the firmware.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado;14275997 
There's a certain series of Western Digital laptop drivers that actually work with no modification. You still have to edit the firmware I think due to the 360 itself will only read certain HDD sizes unless you edit the firmware.

That means it requires modification... If you want to use a stock HD with a 360, it will need to be flashed to the firmware of one of the drives that are legitimate 360 drives.
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Originally Posted by Madman340;14276193 
That means it requires modification... If you want to use a stock HD with a 360, it will need to be flashed to the firmware of one of the drives that are legitimate 360 drives.

Yup, that's what I meant to say, GJ

Not sarcasm btw, I wasn't completely sure of the process, I just knew it was possible.
post #6 of 14
It was stated numerous times when that feature came out that only 16GB of storage will be supported on USB devices.

And it functions as a memory card, not a HD. For example, you can store Xbox LIVE arcade games on it and play them (as you can a memory card), but you cannot play Firefight on Halo:Reach as if you had a Hard Drive installed (firefight requires an HD).

Sucks, I know.
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Break the drive into partitions.
    
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You cant break the drive into partitions, and if you do the HDD hack you have to firstly put it inside the xbox and also you can possibly get banned... if you have 2 drives though you get 30gigs..
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136197

That's what you need.

I purchased this drive after i bought a 360 slim 4GB off newegg, ran the software, installed the drive. No problem.

There's lots of guides up on google..If you can't find any or need any help feel free to shoot me a pm.
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Here's a decent guide http://llamma.com/xbox360/mods/USB%20Hard%20Drive%20Mod.htm
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