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I've got my 500GB external HDD that I use for all my media and such. I usually keep it plugged into my PS3 and watch video and listen to music that way. Anyway, I want to copy some things off it to my Elite, but the 360 isn't recognizing the HDD under the Media screen. I've tried to change input sources but that doesn't work. The area for "portable Device' is grayed out.

Does the 360 not work with external HDDs?
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I think it's Fat32 only.
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I think it's Fat32 only.
Are you sure about that? How would it recognize large files (like hd movies) if that was the case?

I haven't tried to hook up an external to my 360 but I'm curious now.
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post #4 of 20
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I think it's Fat32 only.
HDD is formatted as FAT32 since that's what the PS3 uses. I'm guessing it's probably NTFS that the 360 requires.
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post #5 of 20
Indeed it must be Fat32. The Google Has Saved Us Again!

STEP ONE
buy yourself a USB 2.0 compatible Hard Drive, any will do, as long as it has a USB 2.0 lead. Although if you are going to go through the process of sorting all this out you will probably want to make sure it's at least a couple of hundred GB. if you shop around for a bit you can pick up an external hard drive weighing in at 300GB for around £100

STEP TWO
To set up the hard drive to work with your Xbox you'll need to have Windows 95 or later on your PC. If, for some strange reason, you have anything archaic (or if you don't have a PC [eg a Mac]) then phone a friend. now download a program called 'Partition Magic'. There's no homepage but you'll find a free TRIAL download (so make sure you already have your hard drive because its not the full, lifetime product) easily from Google.

STEP THREE
Plug your new USB hard drive into your PC and use Partition Magic to create a FAT32 partition. The great thing about Partition Magic is that you don't have to have any serious technical knowledge. FAT32 allows your hard drive to be used by your Xbox 360. You can also use it with your PC, which makes transferring music/porn [their words not mine!] at lot easier!

From an old 360 magazine article.
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HDD is formatted as FAT32 since that's what the PS3 uses. I'm guessing it's probably NTFS that the 360 requires.
That would be my best guess. Hmm, try connecting a flash drive (is that possible) and see if it recognizes the drive (should be Fat32 formatted).
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That would be my best guess. Hmm, try connecting a flash drive (is that possible) and see if it recognizes the drive (should be Fat32 formatted).
I tried a thumb drive actually and it worked just fine. I know the HDD isnt the issue because it works on everything else but the 360.
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Also can't you just Stream it? That's what I do. I stream it from my PC to my 360 over my network. I can just use Vista's integrated Media Center and do it.
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Also can't you just Stream it? That's what I do. I stream it from my PC to my 360 over my network. I can just use Vista's integrated Media Center and do it.
Waste of electricy. I don't like to leave the computer on for that purpose.
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Oh lol well I have to because I have my Xbox piggy backed off my PC since I only have one Ethernet cable in my room. It makes it easy.

I found this in a random forum post in google. Someone else had the same problem as you and he fixed it.

"I figured out that you must format the drive as a PRIMARY PARTITION, not a LOGICAL PARTITION."
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