How to Format / Configure a Usb Storage Device for Use with Xbox 360

With the increased demand upon Xbox 360’s hard drives Microsoft released an update on the 6th April 2010 which allowed users to use their own USB Storage Devices to give their consoles extra storage. This guide walks through the very simple process of formatting your own USB stick.

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Step 1

First, you must ensure that you have the latest update for your Xbox 360 console. You will be prompted to install the update as soon as you have signed in. This should take only a few minutes to download and install.

Step 2

Place the desired USB storage device into a Xbox 360 USB port. This storage device MUST have a capacity of between 1GB and 16GB, no more and no less.

Step 3

Open up your Xbox Guide then go to the furthest right slide then follow these directions: Settings > System Settings > Memory.

Step 4

Once you have clicked on your USB Storage Device you will be given two options. Firstly you can press “Configure Now”. This option will erase all the data from your USB stick and open it all up for use with your Xbox 360 console.

Secondly, you can click customize. This allows you to specify the exact amount of storage on the stick you wish to take up with Xbox 360 data, not including 512MB of settings, which will be added on after the amount you have chosen. This will not delete all of your data on the memory stick.

Step 5

After formatting is complete your USB Storage Device will now show up in the Memory menu as “Memory Unit” and is ready for use.

Step 6

Enjoy your extra storage space!

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  1. Tom
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I have a question. I configured my USB stick (it’s a 4 gig) and I downloaded one of the saves from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. However, when I open the USB on my computer, it says “This folder is empty.” Why is that?
    If anybody has an answer, message me on XBOX LIVE. My gamertag is TDAWG0912

  2. john
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I did exactyl that, i put in a 2gb usb flash drive and configured it, however when i go to install modern warfare 2 it will say no valid memory storage devices, why wont my flash drive pop up as one? I can see it in my memory screen..

  3. swag
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

    to john, i dont think mw2 will fit into 2GB

  4. Dan
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I’m the same as tom I just want to view a replay on my pc but it says the folder is empty??

  5. luke
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    The writing goes grey. Why?

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