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Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:01 pm   
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This topic is so our members can reply to our tutorials on how to Format any External USB HDD for use on the Xbox 360 using either WINDOWS or MAC.

Both tutorials explain why you want to format your USB HDD to the HFS+ format so that you can access files over 4gb on your 360. eg. HD WMV's etc etc..

Format Any External USB HDD for Xbox 360:
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Format Any External USB HDD for Xbox 360 (MAC):
http://www.360-hq.com/xbox-tutorials-69.html

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:04 am   
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Will I still be able to hook it up to my non-Max PC and transfer files to it after formatting it this way?



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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:05 am   
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cboushell wrote:
Will I still be able to hook it up to my non-Max PC and transfer files to it after formatting it this way?



Thanks,
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Yes,

Ozzy and I just formatted his 500gb SEAGATE external hdd and it works on both WINXP and the XBOX 360 now that it is in HFS+ format.

Originally the SEAGATE 500gb external was formatted in NTFS format and the xbox 360 would not read it at all.

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:32 am   
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pretty pumped for this one now that 360 supports divx/xvid if i don't get an external usb drive for christmas i will be buying one just so i can play my shows on my 360
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:22 am   
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frozenfire12 wrote:
pretty pumped for this one now that 360 supports divx/xvid if i don't get an external usb drive for christmas i will be buying one just so i can play my shows on my 360


Man, its just so impressive especially on a HD plasma 1080.
Ive got lots of HDTV shows and other content and it looks great.

I gotta get me a HUGE external now.. lol

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I've been searching for this exact thing. How does the 360 "see" this hdd? Can you only access or can you download to it? Via 360.

Thanks for your help.


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:58 pm   
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zasthrus wrote:
I've been searching for this exact thing. How does the 360 "see" this hdd? Can you only access or can you download to it? Via 360.

Thanks for your help.


Hi zasthrus and welcome to 360-HQ.. Smile
Only read access is available for a USB HDD on Xbox 360.
You cannot write/save data to the USB HDD at all from your 360.

Microsoft has disabled all writing through the USB ports..
But, you can watch HD wmv, DIVX, XVID etc from USB no probs.

Makes things alot easier.

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Post Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:10 am   
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I have got a Mac Mini Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz running OS X Leopard 10.5.2. I formatted an external Maxtor 320GB usb HDD to read on an Xbox 360 using "Disk Utility" under the "Utilties" under "Appliactions".

The settings were:
.select partition tab under the usb hdd
.select '1 Partition' under volume scheme
.give it a meaningful name like 'media'
.under format menu select 'Mac OS Extended'
.under options button select 'Apple Partition Map'
.click 'Apply'

Now copy some media to test on the xbox 360.
all should work.

This is not to go against the excellent guides done by the Windows guys. BOTH METHODS WORK WELL.


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Welcome to the site subarudog hope your finding everything ok on the site and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

And yeah the external hard drive with the Mac OS Extended Partition is great. I bought macdrive and did it on windows. Boy I would never go back, Its so much easier then streaming and I can take it with me wherever I go Smile

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Post Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 12:50 am   
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subarudog wrote:
This is not to go against the excellent guides done by the Windows guys. BOTH METHODS WORK WELL.


Thanks for the update subarudog,

I havent used a mac in years.. If you have any mac software that you find useful for xbox 360 feel free to submit it.. We have a MAC area in our downloads.

I will add the tutorial to our Xbox 360 Tutorials areas for our MAC users.

Heres a link:

Format Any External USB HDD for Xbox 360:
http://www.360-hq.com/xbox-tutorials-69.html

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