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Format USB Flash Drive for Xbox 360

Updated on Dec 03, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

Xbox 360 only recognizes FAT32 USB flash drive. Learn how to use EaseUS Partition Master to format USB flash drive to FAT32 so you can use it on Xbox 360 to play games, store music and increase capacity for Xbox 360 console.

Requirements for using USB flash drive on Xbox 360

Players of Xbox 360 video game console are allowed to expand storage by attaching an external hard drive, USB flash drive and memory unit to it. There is one thing you must raise attention. To use a USB flash drive with your Xbox 360 console, it must meet these requirements:

  • A minimum of 1 GB of storage capacity
  • Windows FAT32 file system format

What if your USB flash drive does not meet the minimum standards by Xbox 360? You would probably have problems such as Xbox 360 USB flash drive not showing up or recognized by the console; being unable to download and store games, music, videos and other files to the external USB drive; or the performance of your console will be significantly affected.

How to format/reformat USB Drive for Xbox 360 with EaseUS Partition Master

You can format and use a USB flash drive as an Xbox 360 storage device and store up to 2TB games, videos, music, and other applications. Next, we'll guide you through how to reformat USB flash drive using FAT32 file system if you formatted the device in Windows using FAT16 or NTFS early.

Download EaseUS Partition Master and run this free partition manager software on a Windows PC. Pull out of the USB flash drive from your Xbox 360 console and connect it to the PC running EaseUS Partition Master. Now follow the steps to format the Xbox 360 USB flash drive to FAT32.

Formatting will erase all the data on the USB flash drive. Make sure that you had backed up the important content beforehand.
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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

How to use a formatted FAT32 USB on Xbox 360

Now the drive is properly formatted. Take it out from the computer and insert it in the console again.

Turn on Xbox 360. From the main menu, go to "Settings" -> "System" -> "Storage" -> "USB Storage Device".

Under USB storage device, choose either "Customize" or "Configure now" option to make it work on Xbox 360.

  • Configure Now: Erases the USB flash drive and configures 2 TB for Xbox storage. Select Configure Now, and then confirm that you want to erase all data on the USB flash drive.
  • Customize: Configures a portion of the USB flash drive (up to 2 TB).
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 Windows 10 is supported