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Co1one1ZoidX

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Hi i recently got a Xbox 360 4Gb Arcade Slim console.However due to the hard drive size i will be needing more space soon.I have 3 options:Buy a 320Gb internal HD,an External USB HD i gather you can use these for games?If so what would u suggest?Lastly does the Xbox 360 4Gb accept the 64Gb USB Flash Drive i have seen them for about £20 i am tempted but would like to know if it would work-what are your thoughts please?Ta.Cheapest price possible please.
One last thing do u remove the sticker under the DVD Drive?
 
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Mr Noble

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IIRC The 360 max supported external memory allowed is 16gb due to the file system.

So you either want USB 16GB, or one of the internal hard drives 250/320GB option.

Also you can use the old style xbox 360 hard drives by removing the case and putting it in a third party slim caddy found on ebay for a few £.

:)

You might want to remove the JSA comment as it's irrelevant ;)...as some will advise selling the xbox and buying a suit may be better advice :D

Price wise your looking at over £40 for the slim hard drive obviously cheaper if you can get your hands on an old style hard drive.

A decent 16gb USB stick available in most places for under £10 :)

regarding the sticker yep feel free to remove it (i do) purely cosmetic so can stay or go as you see fit.
 
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Co1one1ZoidX

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That is a bummer only 16GB!!I was hoping for maybe 32GB.But i am now thinking of saving £40 for 320GB.Can you not use a portable external hard drive for game storage?I amended where you said to.
 

DJSigma

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That is a bummer only 16GB!!I was hoping for maybe 32GB.
You can allot up to 16GB on a device and use up to 2 devices, so you can have 32GB of storage as long as you use 2 USB sticks that are at least 16GB in size. The same applies to USB hard drives.

If there is space left on the stick/drive after you have allotted up to 16GB for use as 360 storage, that space can be used as regular storage. For example, if you have a 120GB external hard drive, you can allot 16GB for 360 storage and use the other ~104GB to store music/photos/videos (in fact, any files you like, but the 360 will only see music/photos/videos).
 

DJSigma

Banned
May i ask what you would if you had a 4Gb Xbox?Eg buying the new hard drive or a USB stick?
Personally I'd buy the hard drive because I need the space for downloadable games and content, plus I play multiple games at once and like to install them all at the same time.

It depends how much space you need and what your budget is really. If you're on a budget, a 16GB stick would be a decent buy. A game install goes up to about 7.9GB, so as long as you leave that much space free you'll always be able to install the current game you're playing, then you have a similar amount of space free for downloading demos, games and DLC - plus you have the 4GB of internal memory too, as the USB stick doesn't replace that - it's additional to it.
 

Co1one1ZoidX

Novice Member
Thanks m8 i think i wll save a few weeks for a 320Gb Slim HD they are about £40 on ebay hopefully cheaper in a few weeks.
 

DJSigma

Banned
Just be wary of fakes if you buy on eBay.

An original 360 hard drive contains several partitions and a file that contains a unique serial number.

A good fake hard drive will have the proper partition structure, but obviously the serial number will not be unique - MS have never banned people from Live over that and likely never will, but using a fake drive while connected to Live is a breach of the terms and conditions and using a fake hard drive even offline voids the console's warranty due to using an unauthorised accessory. Chances are the drive would still work fine and nothing bad would ever happen, but you should be aware of the risks.

A bad fake hard drive will not have the proper partition structure, so you may run into issues with the 360 recognising the drive, with the 360 thinking it's an external hard drive and offering to format it (which will make it show as 16GB), or with original Xbox backwards compatibility not working due to the required partition being missing. Again, it will also not have a unique serial number, which leads to the issues mentioned above.

The drive itself is an off the shelf 2.5" SATA hard drive and the plastic caddies that the drives go inside are easy to clone, so there's plenty of fakes out there.
 

DJSigma

Banned
Just had a quick peek it says `Brand New unopened`.Would this be wise?
I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that all of the official 320GB drives come with a free download code for Lego Star Wars III and that's mentioned on the packaging, so if that's shown in the photo then it's a pretty solid sign that the drive is legit as long as the packaging is still sealed.
 

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