Note A USB flash drive can be used to move 16 gigabytes (GB) of content to another console. If you need to move more than 16 GB of content to another console, use the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable.
USB flash drives
USB minimum requirements
To use a USB flash drive with your console, the USB flash drive must meet these requirements:
A minimum of 1 GB storage capacity.
Formatted with the Windows FAT32 file system. Macintosh or Linux formats do not work.
Note Using a USB flash drive that does not meet the minimum performance requirements might significantly affect the performance of your console.
Format a USB flash drive
Before you format a USB flash drive as an Xbox storage device, make sure you have the latest console software update.
You can format up to 16 GB of the storage space on the USB flash drive to use as Xbox storage.
Note If you receive the message "Can’t configure", the USB flash drive does not meet the USB minimum requirements.
Format a USB flash drive
Plug a USB flash drive into a USB port on the front of your console.
Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Settings and then select System Settings.
Select Storage or Memory.
Select USB Storage Device.
Choose either Configure Now or Customise to format the USB flash drive for Xbox content.
Note If the USB flash drive doesn’t have at least 1 GB of space available, the options on this screen are not available. In this case, use a different USB flash drive.
Configure Now: Erases the USB flash drive and configures 16 GB for Xbox storage
Select Configure Now and confirm that you want to erase all data on the USB flash drive.
Customise: Configures a portion of the USB flash drive (up to 16 GB)
Move the Reserved Storage slider to select the amount of space you want for Xbox storage.
Note 512 MB is reserved for system use.
The console tests your USB flash drive to make sure that it works correctly with the console. If your USB flash drive passes this test, you can use it.
Note If the USB flash drive is rated below the recommended speed, you might experience reduced game performance and quality. To cancel and try another USB flash drive, select Cancel.
Your USB flash drive is ready to use and is listed as a USB Storage Device.
Now you can use your USB flash drive like any other Xbox storage device. For information on how to copy and move content between storage devices, see Copy, move or delete Xbox 360 content. You can only plug two USB flash drives into your Xbox 360 console at once.
Note Information stored by your Xbox 360 console on a USB flash drive can’t be viewed or accessed on a computer.
USB warnings and errors
I"m getting a "Performance Warning” message. What does this mean?
If your USB flash drive doesn"t meet the USB minimum requirements, you may experience significant performance problems while playing games on the flash drive or saving content to the flash drive.
I"m getting a "Can"t Configure" message. What does this mean?
Your USB storage device is not working properly and can’t be used to store Xbox 360 content. Replace your USB storage device with one that meets the USB minimum requirements.
Frequently asked questions
Why does Xbox 360 only support 16 GB of USB storage?
Supporting 16 GB of storage space on USB flash drives is a huge increase over the original Xbox 360 memory unit. If you need additional storage, consider adding an Xbox 360 Hard Drive. See Xbox 360 storage options for more information.
Why don’t I have a full 16 GB of space available on my USB drive?
The Xbox 360 reserves 512 MB of storage space for system use.
What other storage options do I have?
The Xbox 360 320-GB Hard Drive is the best option for media enthusiasts. You"ll have plenty of space for games, HD TV and films, Games on Demand, game demos and add-ons, music and much more. Certain games still require a hard drive in order to play system link or Xbox LIVE multiplayer games. For multiplayer gaming, it is recommended that you use a hard drive.