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I am really concerned that my Xbox Kinnect CDs will get damaged from overuse. Installing the games to HDD is not an option because I have the 4GB version and there isn't much of space left in it.

So what are my options?

Can I just copy the disk to a blank DVD?

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It is not possible to play copies of games on a legit, unmodified 360 - they will just not be recognized by the system. Of course, you can always modchip your console, but this is not free, is considered illegal, voids your warranty and may result in Xbox Live ban.

However, I would not worry too much - original DVDs are pretty sturdy and don't break easily, also the 360 DVD drive isn't very vulnerable, unless heavily used to play copies of games (burned DVDs wear the drive significantly faster). There is one exception, however - never move a console while turned on/playing. The 360's DVD drive is known to scratch DVDs when moved during reading the data from disk.

In your case though I would recommend buying an official, standalone 250 GB Xbox 360 S hard disk drive and installing games on it. Not only does it allow for faster loading times, but it also reduces stress put on disks and drive. Also buying games on Live and launching straight from HDD would surely resolve disk problems.

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Some companies will also replace your disc if you send them the original or otherwise prove you own it. – Matthew Read Feb 9 '11 at 19:58

If your budget doesn't stretch to buying a full 250GB hard drive to give you more space; remember that the Xbox 360 supports using two generic USB memory sticks up to 16GB in size. This can be an option for your game installs and should be a less costly solution to allivating your running out of storage space problem.

Check out the guidelines here:

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In addition to sarmackie's answer, I'd like to suggest using disk protectors as an alternate solution to modding your console or purchasing another hard drive. If you're on a budget and you're only worried about a few games, these will help.

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