How do I copy Xbox 360 games to the HDD?

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

  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 '11 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. – Doozer Blake Feb 2 '11 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 '11 at 7:55
  • This answer is now out of date. Maybe someone can update it. – deutschZuid Feb 2 '13 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 '12 at 22:06

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