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The Xbox 360 was made compatible with USB drives as storage in the spring. To get past limited USB ports in Xbox 360s, would it be possible to hook up a USB hub and make use of many USB drives. This would be useful for when there are 4 people with profiles on separate USB drives (for example).

I know USB hubs work in Xbox 360s. I am more wondering if the OS software in the Xbox 360 can support N (where N is any number) USB devices, each with profile and save game data.

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I asked the question originally because before USB drive support, there was an actual physical limitation of how many devices with profiles you could have hooked up (hard drive and 2 memory unit ports = 3 profiles on separate devices). –  SAGExSDX Jul 20 '10 at 13:33

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I use a generic hub and it works.

Also note the new Xbox 360 has 6 ports, over the old one's three.

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oh i actually wasn't aware the Xbox 360 S aka StealthBox aka Xbox Three-sexy had 6 USB ports. Very nice! –  SAGExSDX Jul 20 '10 at 13:30
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Xbox Three-sexy? I think the old one looks better :P –  Macha Jul 20 '10 at 16:48
    
@Macha me too... no thanks on the shiny plastic. I prefer the matte black. –  aranasaurus Jul 20 '10 at 17:01

Just a note, but be careful when using larger drives or too many devices with your 360 unless you're using the latest one. I had a 2Tb USB drive connected that contained movies and profiles, etc; however it has to scan all the devices when the 360 turns on or when they are plugged in, and I found that overall performance on the 360 dropped tremendously with the 2Tb drive. I plugged in smaller drives and it was no problem. Just FYI.

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Did you have the 2TB hard drive partitioned? Since the 360 only allows a max of 16GB for usable savegame/profile/DLC, i'd imagine you had a partition of 16GB and the rest in 1 or more partitions with regular content. –  SAGExSDX Jul 21 '10 at 14:37
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I had 1 big 2TB partition; however, I also used several smaller drives at the same time and once I connected too many I started to see a significant performance drop. I was playing ripped movies, 3Gb or so. HD movies were 8-9Gb; however, the 360 only recognizes FAT32 partitions on external devices, limiting file size to 4.3Gb, so for HD I had to split the files into 2-3 parts. Alternatively, I built a 6.5TB NAS on my network to stream the movies. This fixed my issues, but won't help the original poster who wanted to use multiple profiles on separate USB devices. Just don't use huge ones. –  CaedJar4 Jul 21 '10 at 15:03

Yes, you can use USB hubs. For example, this is the hub used for Rock Band.

Picture from 1up.com

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I just bought a four-port USB hub on Amazon specifically stated to work with a 360, but the 360 refuses to recognize more than two USB storage devices, even if I have them all plugged into the hub at startup. It will work with controllers and other devises, but I believe Microsoft has programmed the 360 to only allow two USB storage devices because they want you to buy expensive official Microsoft Brand hard drives.

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There are 3rd party usb hubs that are sold specifically for the purpose of connecting multiple usb drives to an xbox, so I would assume most usb hubs would work. For example, http://www.buy.com/prod/3-port-usb-2-0-hub-with-multi-card-reader-sd-smart-media-compact-flash/q/listingid/39987765/loc/108/203270790.html.

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Remember that MS is just a PC, and as such, any USB Hub that doesn't require any additional drivers can be used with the 360.

I use a cheap $10 hub to connect all of my wired Rock Band gear. (You may need a power adapter since you're planning to use a 4-person one, but it'll probably come with your hub.)

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Rock Band provides a USB hub, so the 360 is definitely compatible. I have had the RB guitar, the wifi adapter, the RB drums, and a charging controller plugged in at once.

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As I recall, hubs are a part of the USB specification. Offhand I can't think of any USB controller that doesn't support hubs. As I recall reading on Major Nelson, there is a limit of 2 USB volumes per console. I've never tested that myself, so I can't say if that is still true now.

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I would say find a hub or build one that will allow you to switch between 2 sets of USB ports, but has multiple ports. Example total of 6 USB ports switch one uses USB port 1 and 2, switch 2 uses USB ports 3 and 4, and switch 3 between 5 and 6. So I would think if you had 32gb flash drives in each that would give you a total of 192 gb of external storage for games and such. The only problem with this is Xbox has made it so you can't play games from the flash drives (or I've only tested that theory with Destiny) so you would have to x-fer them back and forth from the flash drives to the HD. Maybe something like this ...

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