How to Change the Xbox Memory Unit

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The Xbox Memory Unit, compatible only with the original Xbox 360, features 512MB of space for games and other content. The device stores saved game data, arcade titles, themes, demos and avatar items. If you've run out of room on your Xbox Memory Unit, you might want to swap the device out for one that has space remaining. You can also remove or replace the Xbox 360's hard drive.

Memory Unit

  • Power on the Xbox 360 console.

  • Grasp the Xbox Memory Unit and pull it toward you to remove it from the console. The Memory Unit is connected to the front of the console via one of the USB ports. It looks like a small white square with "Xbox 360" printed on the top. Do not remove the device when the Xbox is saving or reading data. Doing so may cause data corruption.

  • Hold the new Xbox Memory Unit with the Microsoft logo facing up.

  • Insert the device into a free USB port on the front of the console.

Hard Drive for Xbox 360 E and S 250GB

  • Power off the Xbox 360 and place it horizontally on a flat surface.

  • Turn the console so its right side faces you.

  • Find the hard drive cover release switch near the back-right corner of the console.

  • Move the release switch diagonally toward you, and then open the hard drive door.

  • Pull on the hard drive's tab to remove it from the slot.

  • Insert a new hard drive into the slot. Push it in all the way until it clicks.

  • Replace the hard drive door.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Xbox 360 E and S 4GB models use internal flash memory that you cannot replace.
  • If you have the original Xbox 360 and you want to remove the hard drive, turn off the console and stand it vertically. Press the release button below the hard drive, and then lift the unit up and away from the console.
  • After installing a new memory device, check that your Xbox recognizes it. Press the "Guide" button on the controller. Select "Settings" and "System Settings," then select "Storage" or "Memory." Look for "Hard Drive" or "Memory Unit" in the Storage Devices list. If you don't see it, remove the memory device and reattach it.

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