How do I copy Xbox 360 games to the HDD?

I would like my games to load faster with little to no lag.

3 Answers 3

  1. Insert the game disc into the disc drive.
  2. From the "Xbox Dashboard", go to "My Xbox".
  3. Select the game you want to install.
  4. Press Y on your controller.
  5. Select "Install to Hard Drive".


  • Installing an Xbox 360 game might take several minutes.
  • Multidisc game? Install each disc to your hard drive.
  • Installing an Xbox 360 game on a hard drive requires between 4 and 8 gigabytes (GB) of free disc space.

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    Also be aware that some games suffer when installed, e.g. Halo 3 (because it caches data from DVD to HD, and so (when installed) ends up caching stuff from HD to itself).
    – Rawling
    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:26
  • Rawling is correct, but in general, most new games are going to be faster and have better performance when installed. Halo 3 came out before the NXE (new dashboard) was released with the ability to install games, so it wasn't optimized for that type of performance. Feb 2, 2011 at 13:07
  • One small addition: Running the game still requires the Disc in the drive, and Multi Disc games still require disc swapping. This is for copy protection purposes.
    – Michael Stum
    Mar 1, 2011 at 7:55
  • This answer is now out of date. Maybe someone can update it. Feb 2, 2013 at 21:00

Select a game and press Y button, there will be an option to install it to a hard drive.


For me it was like this:

With the DVD inside, go to Games -> My Games. Select Game Details with your X button and choose Install.

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    For me it was my games then x button for details then install
    – user38923
    Dec 26, 2012 at 22:06

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