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How to Upgrade/Clone Xbox 360 Slim HDD to A Bigger HDD in 3 Steps

Updated by Gemma on Sep 18, 2021
Written by Tracy King

Can I upgrade my Xbox 360 slim hard drive to a bigger HDD without losing game files?

"Hi there, do you know how to change and replace the Xbox 360 slim hard drive to a bigger one without losing all games? I have a 64GB slim hard drive for saving all my present games in Xbox 360 console but it's too small.
I couldn't even install new games on it. Finally, I made the decision and I bought a new hard drive which is 250GB. And now, here is the problem - how can I upgrade and replace my Xbox 360 slim hard drive to a bigger 
HDD without losing any games?"

It's no longer a new issue for Xbox players to upgrade and replace old Xbox HDD to a bigger new one. If you are having this issue, don't worry. You can directly follow below 3 guide steps to effectively transfer and move Xbox 360 games from old HDD to new HDD with ease now.

Step 1. Connect Both Xbox 360 Slim Hard Drive and New HDD to PC

1. Turn off Xbox 360 console and take out the old Xbox slim hard drive;
2. Connect both the old Xbox 360 slim hard drive and new hard drive to your PC.

Step 2. Download Disk Clone Software to Upgrade/Clone Xbox 360 Slim Hard Drive to Bigger HDD

Your next move is to clone and transfer all saved games and packages from old Xbox 360 slim hard drive to the new HDD. How to upgrade Xbox HDD to a bigger one without losing all game files? Copying and paste won't be able to move all installation files or hidden files into the new drive.

Here you may try professional disk clone software and let it help you complete this task. EaseUS Todo Backup will effectively help to clone and upgrade Xbox 360 slim hard drive to a bigger HDD within simple clicks. You can also apply it to clone and upgrade Xbox one to bigger drive without losing any game files.

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Just free download it here and apply it for cloning Xbox 360 HDD now:  

01. Connect A Second Hard Drive

Tools you need: a screwdriver, a Power Splitter Adapter cable, a SATA cable or an USB to SATA adapter. Make sure the target HDD/SSD is larger than the used space of the current drive.

  • Connect the target disk to your computer.
  • For desktop, open the mainframe with screwdriver and connect the disk to the mainboard with a SATA cable, then connect the disk's Power Splitter Adapter Cable into the power supply box.
  • For laptop, you can use an USB to SATA adapter to connect the disk.
  • Initialize a new HDD/SSD to MBR or GPT before you can use it (To keep the target new disk the same style as that of the current disk).
02. Download a Disk Cloning Utility

EaseUS Todo Backup is the cloning software that integrates multiple functions, including system/disk clone, backup, restoring , and system transfer, etc. In the disk clone field, this tool stands out due to the following aspects:

  • Covers as many as disk cloning demands, such as update hard drive to a larger one, clone OS, etc.
  • Disk cloning has the highest success rate among all similar products on the market.
  • Supports all kinds of disk types, including IDE, EIDE, SATA, ESATA, ATA, SCSI, iSCSI, USB 1.0/2.0/3.0.
  • Supports cloning of basic/dynamic disks and MBR/GPT disks.
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03. Get Ready with the Clone Procedures

System Clone: Choose System Clone > choose the destination disk > click Next to start. In Advanced options, you can choose the option of Create a portable Windows USB drive to clone the system to a USB drive.

Disk/Partition Clone: Choose Clone > Select the resource disk or partition > Select the target disk > Click Next to start.

04. Boot from the Clone Hard Drive

Option 1. If you want to keep both the old disk and the new disk

  • Restart PC and press F2 (F8,F10, DEL...) to enter BIOS settings.
  • In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive.
  • Exit BIOS and restart the computer.

Option 2. If you want to only keep the new disk

  • Unplug the old disk and make sure the new disk is well connected.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Option 2 is a better hard drive retention plan for laptops

Step 3. Replace Xbox 360 Slim Hard Drive with Newly Upgraded HDD

Tip
When Xbox 360 can recognize the new HDD, it means that you've succeeded replacing and upgrading the Xbox HDD with below tips.

1. Replace the old Xbox 360 slim hard drive with the newly upgraded HDD and put it into the hard drive case;
2. Insert the new hard drive into Xbox 360 console;
3. Press the Guide button on your controller > Go to "Settings" > "System Settings";
4. Select "Storage" or "Memory" > Make sure the new Hard Drive appears in the list of Storage Devices;
If it doesn't show up, shut down Xbox 360 and re-plug and insert the hard drive into console again till it shows up in storage.

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Updated by Gemma

Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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