I see so many different answers about this I'm not sure which is true, so I'd like to ask:

Can I save my Xbox 360 games to a USB drive for safe keeping?

I'm selling my Xbox 360 slim and my collection of games :( It was a tough decision, but I haven't played it in 6 months. Any gaming I do now is on my Apple devices or PS3/computer. Anyway, I just bought this slim about 6 months ago so I decided to put it on eBay, along with all the games, controllers, accessories, etc...

The bidding ends tomorrow and I plan on clearing the hard drive for the new owner, but I want to make sure I back up my save games; some of them go all the way back to the Xbox 360 release. I want to back them up to save them in case I ever want to play these games in the future. I'm not interested in downloaded content or games, just the save games.

Can I do this without buying a memory card?

  • bo don't do it! USB are too unstable in the Xbox, I just lost all my game saves for MWF3, gone I should have never put it on the usb to take to my sons to play! I lost my profile twice transferring it on a usb. my advice stay right away from using a usb. so many ppl having same problem just google the issue
    – user63272
    Dec 6, 2013 at 23:12

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Yup, you can actually use up to a 16GB USB Storage Device for use with your XBox 360, assuming it has the software update that went out in Spring of 2010:

  1. Connect the USB device to a USB port on your console.
  2. Go to My Xbox, and then select System Settings.
  3. Select Memory.
  4. On the Storage Devices screen, select USB Storage Device.
  5. Configure the storage device. You have two options for configuring your USB storage device for Xbox data storage:
    1. Erase all existing data, and configure the entire USB storage device.
    2. Configure some (but not all) of the USB storage device's memory (up to 16 GB).

For more information, have a look at the how-to guide on the XBox website: --> http://support.xbox.com/en-us/Pages/xbox-360/how-to/usb-flash-drive.aspx

Billy ONeal asked why there's an arbitrary 16GB limit. The official FAQ doesn't really address this, but instead tells you how grateful you should be ;-)

Why does Xbox 360 only support 16GB of storage, even though I have a much larger device?

Supporting USB storage devices up to 16GB in size is a huge increase in storage over any solid state memory storage solutions currently available for Xbox 360. Users that need more storage have options in the Xbox 360 hard drives, which are available for purchase separately.

However, it should be noted that you can use up to two USB Storage Devices, for a maximum of 32GB total size.

  • Why the 16 GB limit? Mar 20, 2011 at 20:02
  • @Billy ONeal -- Good question. Not sure! My guess is that Microsoft didn't want people to stop purchasing their very expensive hard drives ;-) I've edited the question to include a statement from the FAQ. Mar 20, 2011 at 20:11
  • Is there any solution for games that don't allow you to Copy the saves, only Move them, like RB1 and RB2? I'm looking to back up my HD to USB as well, but I don't know what I can do about those types of save files.
    – FAE
    May 27, 2011 at 6:38
  • Yes there is FAE. Move them to USB, copy USB to desktop. Move them back to console. Restore again from desktop. It is important you use the same USB though. So, label the "removable disk" folder as what the USB is.
    – Brok3n
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:22
  • This must have changed because I have both a 64Gb and a 32Gb in my system being used as I type this.
    – Ryan
    Dec 17, 2016 at 23:05

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