Since you can use USB Flash Drives for data storage now, is it possible to install a game to one? Or, can you install to HDD and then copy to flash drive?

Unfortunately I'm one of those with an old 20GB HDD...so before I go buying a USB stick or two rather than a bigger HDD, I'd like to know.


I know that you can install a game to a USB drive, since I've (accidentally) done it before. The Xbox allows me to select either the internal hard drive or the attached USB drive, after I select to install the game.

I haven't tried to run a game installed to the USB drive (since I accidentally installed it there), but given that it allows you to install a game to it, I don't see why it wouldn't allow you to do so.

I don't know if you can copy installed games, though. I'd lean towards not, but I haven't tried to do so (and I can't check right now, since I'm at work).

  • 1
    Yes, you can install and run them from the USB device. You can also move them from Hard Drive to USB and vice-versa. – Doozer Blake Nov 10 '10 at 21:19
  • Hmm...wonder if running it off of flash drive is slower than HDD... – JustinP8 Nov 10 '10 at 21:21
  • 1
    I would imagine it depends on the performance of the USB drive itself. I run all my XBLA games off the USB with no issues, except for Deathspank. Whenever is auto-saves it causes issues with the performance. I've not seen any other XBLA games have issues though. I have not tried a full-size game as my 16gb drive is pretty full. – Doozer Blake Nov 11 '10 at 0:53

Yes you can, but the drive has to be larger than 6GB because the installation takes up to 6GB of space.


Well you can no longer install games to a USB using the new dashboard (Or at least I cannot with the 250 GB xbox 360 slim) the reason I tried was because apparently there used to be a way to play without disk (Install to USB) but I couldnt select USB (There was no option) and it wouldn't allow me to move or copy it from the storage option in settings...


I copied Bully onto my USB and installed everything on the USB to his xbox, and he was able to play the game just fine. Tip: you have to keep the USB plugged in when playing the game

protected by Community Mar 30 '13 at 13:11

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.