On the Xbox 360, along with the option to install games to the hard drive, you can also apparently install multiple-disc games to the hard drive, but I haven't tried this.

For instance, L.A. Noire and Rage have 3 discs, and Dead Space 2 has 2 discs.

I know you have to have a disc in the drive to start an installed game. If I install all discs to the drive, will I still have to switch out discs when the game gets to the portion requiring a new disc, despite the fact that they are all installed?

  • And a bonus point if you can tell me if using disc or disk is correct. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 17:16
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  • Bonus points to Matthew, he's quite a linguist, or good with the Google. Either way, thanks. Guess I had it right then. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 17:40
  • Re: English question. Depending on whether you are approaching this from a prescriptive or descriptive point of view. If you have the former, then you'd argue one over another. If the latter, you'd accept both as both are in wide use and can be used interchangeably. Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 3:26

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Yes, with a few exceptions. Forza 3, for example, comes on two discs but one of the discs is data, so if installed, disc changing is not necessary.

The reason you need to insert each disc is a way of making sure you possess the physical game disc at the time you are playing.

  • What are the exceptions? Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 17:44
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    Forza 3 is actually the only exception I can recall. Every other game I can think of requires the disc to be in the drive. A quick search of the innertubes comes up with no other exceptions. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 17:49
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    Makes sense. I understand the need to have the one disc in to verify that you have it, but was hoping Disc 1 would be all that's needed and the switching wasn't. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 19:16
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    Though it would be nice if companies trusted us gamers, they are probably trying to prevent two people from playing the same copy of a game at the same time. For example: we're roommates and I play the first disc of LA Noire and when I move on to the second disc, you could then play the first disc. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 19:21
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    Not wanting to start a war here, @ChristopherRayl, all that DRM does is penalize people that don't cheat to begin with. A pirate on a modded x-box would never have to worry about it (granted they probably wouldn't have to worry about x-box live either).
    – Xantec
    Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 21:45

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