Don’t use unauthorized Xbox 360 Storage Devices


When Preview Program members start receiving the Xbox 360 system update next week, one of the changes is that unauthorized Memory Units will no longer work with the Xbox 360. If you’ve moved your profile or saved games onto one to “back it up,” you’d better move it back onto an authorized Xbox 360 storage device prior to taking the update. If you continue to use an unauthorized Memory Unit after the update, you will not be able to access your stored profile or saved games.

If you need help identifying officially licensed Xbox 360 storage devices or accessories you can read more about the licensed accessories program on




  • Lord Vardel

    I know it has been said, but I agree that Microsoft charges WAY to much for memory. Microsoft wants to push digital sales via XBL Marketplace and to really push digital sales they need to give us reasonably priced memory storage options. I won’t say anything stupid like I am jumping ship to Sony. But I will say that when the next generation of consoles comes out, I won’t even consider whatever it is that Microsoft offers. I am truly tired of buying products from a company that constantly rips its very own customers.


  • aDrAngedOstRich

    I think what Microsoft and Sony needs to learn is Loyal customers should not be thrown out if you are new to xbox Microsoft has a deal for you 120GB Elite for $299 and same goes for sony. Both companies really rip off their loyal customers in this case M$ more than Sony.


  • DarkEquitus

    The update is out! Let see what happens to one of my fake HDD and I think fake official MS MU.


  • Khyron

    I sent an email to Datel about their memory max card. Got the same reply as others that they won’t know how it will affect their memory max card until MS releases the update.

    What is disappointing is that Datel released a note to the press (as others here pointed out) that said Datel was disappointed on MS for this move. Also on Datel’s website I didn’t see anything in their FAQ talking about it. Plus they still say on their website that the Memory Max card is 100% compatible with the xbox 360. I guess it still is, but a shame they don’t at least warn their customers

    So I am very disappointed in both MS and Datel right now.

    We haven’t heard from Major Nelson on this in awhile. Any updates on this?


  • TechReconR6

    Just got update. I can confirm that the Datel Memory card is not working.


  • aigochamaloh

    ^Bummer, this is not going to bode well.

    Any word on 120gb hard drive users?



    MMM MMM MMM Xbox or PS3 mmm mmm mmm how about the one who don’t use me…

    Lets all jump ship….

    The Ps3 is a great system too…

    Are you listening BillySoft????


  • DarkEquitus

    I have updated my HDD that was a HK knockoff (NO xbox1 emulation etc) from an amazon affiliate. It works


  • MartyPG13

    So you didn’t listen to the huge numbers of people telling you how derisory they think this is and you’ve gone ahead an included it in the update anyway, without any reasonable or credible explanation as to why, particularly given you can hook up the Xbox360 HDD to a PC using YOUR transfer cable and the right bit of software.
    It’s a repugnant move Microsoft, such that from now on I’ll be carefully considering which platform I’ll be purchasing multi-format releases on. I see no reason to continue to support a company at the level I have been when it treats its customer with such disrespect.
    This has begun with Operation Flashpoint, Tropico III, and Left4Dead 2 which I’ve ordered on PC and Borderlands which is a PS3 purchase. If you care to look at my user account on your database, you’ll also discover the massive amount of extra game content I fork out for, now nearing 50 GB odd and at substantial cost. I’d imagine all four of those titles listed above will have DLC at some point, so not only are you losing out on the initial purchase, but you’re also missing out on further money I’m liking to spend for extending those games.
    Well done at Redmond – give yourself a one handed round of applause.
    Oh, the Turtle Beach headsets – I emailed Turtle Beach Tech Support to clarify if they are indeed authorized 3rd party peripherals, this is the response I received from Rowan there:
    QUOTE “Our products are not officially licensed by Microsoft for use on the Xbox 360. However, they are specifically designed and tested to work on the Xbox 360, and are very popular among Xbox 360 gamers — including pro’s!”
    So not only are you poking loyal customers in the eye by banning “unauthorized” 3rd party memory cards, you’re also being a bunch of hypocrites for allowing the Xbox360 to continue to support the Turtle Beach products.


  • Count Macphisto

    I have signed the petition:

    In fact all FIVE gamers in my house have signed the petition. As we were taking turns to signing, I realized that not only will Microsoft loose me as a customer, but they are going to loose me and my kids for the next generation as well. Up until now, my kids barely knew anything about the PS3. Well, now they will be getting one for Christmas. I just bought a PS3 Slim for $199 (discounted because I was purchasing a Bravia TV as well) Based on our experience with the XBOX 360 (two systems failed for RROD and now this), my kids will be raised to know the difference between a company that hates their customers and one that doesn’t.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love my xbox (games). In fact we loved it so much we purchased two systems because everyone wanted to play at the same time. The second one was an Arcade system. We keep all of our profiles and games saves on g DATEL MAX memory units so we can move back and forth between the two consoles. However, it is obvious that Microsoft is not interested in my business anymore. At least I won’t have to pay for online gaming anymore (5 x $40 per year).


  • WraithTDK

    I am FURIOUS about this. I’m not one of those people that spells MS with a dollar sign, but this has me really ticked off. I love my Datel 4GB memory card. The reason people are paying good money for them is because they fill a hole microsoft refuses to. Microsoft’s prices are RIDICULOUS for memory. $30 for 512MB? These days I can get a thumb drive with four times that much space. With my Datel card, I can save my profile, Avatar items, theme, and all of my game saves on my memory, so that when I go to a friend’s house, all I have to do is plug it in and I’ve got virtualy everything I need to play my game. You think this is going to stop pirates? Don’t make me laugh! They’ll have a work around for this within a week. The only people who are going to suffer are the legitimate customers, many of whom, in this case, are willing to PAY for more storage, but are relying on third party equipment because MS won’t make their own. You think I wouldn’t prefer a 1st part card? Of course I would, but if Microsoft won’t make one, I should be able to go with someone else. In fact, even if Microsoft DOES make one, I should be able to go with someone else. This whole “unauthorized” devices thing is ridiculous. I paid three hundred bucks for my console. It’s mine. Wy do I need someone else’s authorization to use a peripheral? The whole thing makes me sick.


  • Zeebot

    I’ve been logging on every day to see some kind of official reply, and still nothing. What a bunch of cowards you are at Microsoft. The sh*t is really going to hit the fan the day this update hits everyone, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I for one will also now be spending more time and money on my PS3 as I don’t feel any respect from the suits at Microsoft. At least Sony give you choice, where as Microsoft is all about greed. Shame on you!


  • Count Macphisto


    At $30 per 512MB, if Microsoft made a 4G Memory Unit, it would cost $240. If they decide to comete with Datel by making a larger MU, they definately need to rethink the price per GB that they charge.


  • Golovanov

    To Microsoft.

    This is not fair move, Microsoft.
    I planned to use such device to transfer my files to new HDD (no transfer cables are offered in russian Xbox support) and use my content on my other console, which don’t have access to network (located to far away in countryside).
    I planned to use this device as fair user.

    Blocking unauthorized MUs won’t solve any your problem.
    Look at eBay. Did you see, how much 120Gb Xbox chinese fake drives are there?
    Did you know how much of them are sold, or even hacked by users at home?
    Can you block them? Perhaps. You can read their unique identificators when they goes online, and because mostly they are clones you will see many duplicates.
    But will you do this? Of course, not. You will not dare.
    At same time you think, that it is OK to block MU users?
    Probably, you can block unauthorised memory units, but if users really want to copy large files or backup their saves, they can use 3rd-party MU adapters or chinese transfer cable for $7 (or even official transfer cable), which allows full access to storages.

    If you worry about cheating (like boosting gamerscore) then just punish such peoples when you notice cheating.
    Blocking non-MS devices only will anger your users, who own such memory units, and you will rob them for 30 british pounds (in Europe).
    Hackers and unfair players using other tools for their deeds, they don’t need to buy expensive 3rd-party memory units.
    You trying to punish normal users now.

    Your 512Mb memory unit is not enough already for long time, even if it’s cost less than unauthorised memory unit.
    Your 120Gb drives are not even a solution while they priced at $150.
    And do you know how much they are cost in Russia? I let you know – $200-250 (if you can find them).
    Do you really know, how much users are now own Arcade version of Xbox 360?
    It is enough for them to have 512Mb memory units?

    I’m feeling very uncomfortable, knowing, that I can’t make backups of my saves and content.
    Sony allow users to backup their saves to USB drives, and if saves can’t be copied, there is always possibility to make full system backup in PS3.
    What will happens if something goes wrong with MS devices?
    Yes, you will lose all your precious data, which you collected many years, and there is no solution, except 3rd-party products.
    And I already noticed, that some of my saves and DLC are gone from your 20GB drive (maybe, because of strong fragmentation, which occurs when you using such small drive for many years).

    My own save files (not other content) is not your property.
    Let us have possibility, at least, to backup them (maybe they must be encrypted to prevent access).
    Let us have possibility to transfer large files between devices.
    What if I want to transfer 1GB addon to my other console which have no access to network?
    Or, maybe, this is my last access to network ever, and there will be no possibility to download purchased content again? In this case I want to keep my purchased content somewhere.

    Microsoft, you should think about user’s convenience, and not how to restrict them everywhere.
    Don’t make such stupid move.
    Did you see, what resonance this news caused in community?

    I always preferred Xbox 360 games over PS3 – all my multiplatform games are for Xbox 360, PS3 is only for exclusives.
    And I’m paying twice each year for Gold status (for me and my brother).
    I really like your console, despite some drawbacks like noise, paid subscription, lack of official Live in our region and $80-90 price per game here.
    But looks like you still can find some more dirty tricks to make gamer’s life a little worse.
    You have time to change your mind. Don’t spoil your karma more than it is.

    Thanks for listening.


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