I would like to find out what file system is being used so that I can try and find a program that will let my PC see the contents on an Xbox drive, for the purpose of data recovery. Has anyone had any luck doing that? I am going to try EaseUS Data Recovery first, but I don't think it will let me add or modify files, just recover them to the PC.

  • We don't do recommendations here unfortunately. And this dances around being a game design and development question.
    – Timmy Jim
    Dec 29, 2017 at 12:36
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    We've done console file system question before. This becomes important to users if we ever need to install a new harddrive, or something similar. We propably can answer the feasibility of doing a back up as well as long as we don't need to point to a spesific software.
    – DJ Pirtu
    Dec 29, 2017 at 13:23
  • This smells like an XY problem, where we're asked for a specific solution, instead of the actual problem. If this were edited to ask what problem, exactly, this solution is attempting to solve, we might have an answerable question.
    – Frank
    Dec 29, 2017 at 14:15
  • I stated the purpose. Data recovery of files on the drive, both media and save files. I "raw" cloned the failing drive, bit by bit, to another drive with Paragon Drive Copy. If you know what file system it uses, this will help me so I can search for a data recovery program that can see that particular file system. Dec 31, 2017 at 2:46
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    Because we don't do recommendations here. No one here has recommended video games for you.
    – Frank
    Dec 31, 2017 at 3:01

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They use a custom file system called FATX. Windows (at least historically) has not supported reading these, but there is limited support found on Linux and MacOS.

If you're just looking to make a full disk backup, taking a full disk image backup is a safer bet than attempting to read/write on the file system level.

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