portable hard drive requires formatting after disassembly

Discus and support portable hard drive requires formatting after disassembly in XBoX on Consoles to solve the problem; Hi Everyone, Hoping someone can explain a problem we had to me that has had us all scratching our heads. My 12yo son has an Xbox 360 and bought... Discussion in 'XBoX on Consoles' started by raggedyange77, May 5, 2014.

  1. portable hard drive requires formatting after disassembly


    Hi Everyone,

    Hoping someone can explain a problem we had to me that has had us all scratching our heads. My 12yo son has an Xbox 360 and bought himself a 500GB portable hard drive (Toshiba) to use with his game console when he ran out of space on the inbuilt memory.
    The hard drive held all his best scores, the apps he'd downloaded and a heap of movies as well.

    Recently we went on holiday and he wanted to take his Xbox with him so he disassembled and packed it all up and then put it all back together at our holiday destination however, when he turned it on, he got a message saying the previously functioning hard
    drive was not formatted for the Xbox and did he want to format it again? Of course he said no and it was left untouched for the duration of our holiday.

    We assumed that it was something to do with not having wifi and perhaps once we were back home and the Xbox was once again connected to our local network, everything would be fine but unfortunately, the Xbox is still refusing to acknowledge and read the
    previously perfectly functioning Toshiba portable hard drive.

    Is this just something random that has occurred to our hardware or is there an inbuilt function into Xbox that each hard drive added to the machine will require formatting each time it's unplugged?

    :)
     
    raggedyange77, May 5, 2014
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    Unfortunately, this is still the case. USB drives are limited to 32GB.

    Fortunately, the current preview of the next dashboard is testing support for 2TB usb drives. Someday soonish, you should be able to use a larger external usb drive.
     
    HomegrownSilky, May 5, 2014
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    Hi I have a xbox 360 elite with 120gb hard drive, this has been full for a while and i am getting fed up of deleting a game to download another, however i am finding it difficult to find a bigger hard drive for it, the attendant in game even told me that
    getting bigger hard drive for this old machine would be difficult and he recommended getting a portable hard drive.

    Before I spend my hard earned cash on a 500gb portable hard drive I have looked on forums and see lots of posts saying that the xbox would only recognise 32gb of the drive as it would be plugged in the usb port.

    As these were older posts I was hoping this is not the case anymore and this situation has been resolved so I can buy a 500gb portable drive and my will recogmise it as a 500gb portable drive?

    Many thanks
     
    TwIsTeDKiLLeR77, May 5, 2014
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  4. portable hard drive requires formatting after disassembly

    Best to write to the support forum here at xbox.com.

    .

    You might have to reformat it, or there could be a workaround via your PC.

    Call support or post in the support forums as this forum is rather quiet.
     
    Fembot-D0A580E6-4607-4D1C-9293-8F2CC6467B41, May 10, 2014
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  5. Fembot-D0A580E6-4607 Win User

    portable hard drive requires formatting after disassembly

    Best to write to the support forum here at xbox.com.

    .

    You might have to reformat it, or there could be a workaround via your PC.

    Call support or post in the support forums as this forum is rather quiet.
  6. Farscape247 Win User

    External hard drive

  7. leperchaun83 Win User

    Not downloading

    hi, this tends to usually happen if there isn't sufficient space remaining on the hard drive. Portable computer hard drives can be plugged into the left side of the console and then formatted for use with the system.
  8. Auswulf Win User

    THE PURGE

    Buy a 32 gig memory stick or format a portable hard drive with a 32 gig partition and transfer stuff onto it.
  9. Malacath Win User

    Which external hard drives do you use (up to 2 TB)?

    I use a WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive. There is also a 2TB available.

    Just don't buy a Seagate drive as they have compatibility problems with the 360.

    And don't worry about format because the 360 has a format option that will format the drive to FAT32 for you.
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