Xbox 360 Transfer Cable

A new transfer cable 
If you picked up a new Gears of War 3 console and are now wondering how to transfer your data from your previous Xbox 360 S?  Well, we have a solution for you!  We have a new cable (pictured) that will handle Xbox 360 S to Xbox 360 S transfers.  Head over to xbox.com/transfer to see how you can order the proper transfer cable.

 

   

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      1. No, you can’t.  It wouldn’t be such a problem if you could use an external HDD but you can’t, only up to 16GB USB sticks (anything larger just partitions off 16GB for Xbox use).

      2. But you can plug in multiple 16GB sticks at the same time which will speed up the process.  If you have two TVs or a PC monitor, you could even be transferring the files onto you new console at the same time as you are transferring them off your old console.  I suspect the 16GB partition limit is to “encourage” the 4GB console owners to buy the 250GB drive.

      3. You can plug in two maximum at the same time, any more are ignored.  I have already hit that issue when three people wanted to play Rock Band all with their profiles on different USB sticks, or when two of us wanted to play Lips with some music on a third memory stick.

        The 16GB limit I believe is a technical one, because of how it emulates a
        memory card using 1GB files.  Any computer operating system can only
        open a certain number of files at the same time and especially when
        considering RAM too, that limit might be quite low on Xbox 360. With 16x
        files per USB stick I think they didn’t want to support more as it
        could interfere with games that open a of files and/or use a lot of
        memory.

        Basically to get round that they would need to properly format to FATX
        instead of using files.  I wish they would and the reason they don’t might be to rip us off with overpriced HDDs, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt here and just assume there are other technical issues involved that made it more complicated than the current method.

        Also when you consider that 2x16GB memory sticks (especially as you need to make sure they are a decent speed not cheap slow ones) cost about as much a a 320GB HDD, its a poor deal anyway.  When you consider a network to network transfer could be fully automated, fast, and not require ANY extra hardware at all, its an even worse deal.

        There is no excuse not to make copying/backing up stuff easier though.  At the moment the batch selection mode only works for MOVING files not copying.  That seems deliberate to me, that they don’t want to make it too easy for some reason.

  1. No offense Major but this should have been posted/up for sale several weeks ago.  I had to pick apart my old system so that I could transfer 8gb (the size of my usb drive) of my 245 used to my new console.  Not to mention the @xboxsupport team have been useless pertaining to questions on this matter.  Was not a happy camper when I had to redownload everything to my new console.

      1. I’m always appreciative to what you do and understand where you come from, I meant from MS in general.  Others asked this question to support a few times and received the run around.  Sorry if it appeared as though I was calling you out for holding out on us 😉

    1. Personally I still want a better way to get new liscenses to download after a tranfer.  Going through your history is a PITA, big time.  I only had a 20gig, so with some creative deleting (Content I had on disk from GOTY editions, demos that I had forgotten about, Kinect Fun labs, etc.) I managed to fit it all on 16gb stick, of course I still had to click “redownload” on everything after the liscence transfer process so my wife could play downloaed games.

    2. Personally I still want a better way to get new liscenses to download after a tranfer.  Going through your history is a PITA, big time.  I only had a 20gig, so with some creative deleting (Content I had on disk from GOTY editions, demos that I had forgotten about, Kinect Fun labs, etc.) I managed to fit it all on 16gb stick, of course I still had to click “redownload” on everything after the liscence transfer process so my wife could play downloaed games.

  2. No offense Major but this should have been posted/up for sale several weeks ago.  I had to pick apart my old system so that I could transfer 8gb (the size of my usb drive) of my 245 used to my new console.  Not to mention the @xboxsupport team have been useless pertaining to questions on this matter.  Was not a happy camper when I had to redownload everything to my new console.

      1. Not to mention that to download everything again would take an ice age. 

        Not just because the maximum speed is 1.5MB/s (Xbox Live only uses a single connection for downloads) despite my connection able to do 5MB/s, but also because you can’t just say “download everything” or even batch download at all.  Its a very cumbersome, slow, process to select each item and set it off downloading.

      2. USB thumb drives then I guess. Also, I’ve heard, though it says it deletes everything off the original drive, it is still there. It’s a matter of recovering it some how if you need it.

    1. You can’t.  All these solutions require you to delete all data after copy/transfer.  Just wait for cloud storage.  Come on MS, get with the program!  Give us cloud storage like PSN!

      1. Xbox has been in the cloud for 6 years – all the demos, add-ons, vids, themes, etc, etc are all in the cloud ready for you to download again.  You can copy your saves onto USB (or memory card) to keep off site.

    2. You can’t.  All these solutions require you to delete all data after copy/transfer.  Just wait for cloud storage.  Come on MS, get with the program!  Give us cloud storage like PSN!

    1. Out of all the things relevant to Xbox, including stuff even support doesn’t answer about, you are spending time for once answering questions about about a data transfer cable for slim to slims?

      It is your blog, if you want to be a part of it… jump in.

  3. When I was asking you about why I couldn’t get support to answer questions on xbox.com’s support forum about Kinect Fun Labs being down for a month a half you never answered me, yet for the ten people who bought a second slimmy console you are doing this? Just to mention Gears of War 3 again?

  4. Cool I was wondering when one would come out.  I put off buying the Gears 3 console because I couldn’t transfer my data without the time consuming method of using a usb drive.

    1. You can use an old non-Slim drive to do it, if you have one laying around.

      Transfer everything from your old Slim console to the non-Slim drive.  Once that’s done, hook it up to your new Slim console and copy everything over to the new Slim drive.

      1. Quicker… take apart your old non-slim hard drive, and use the SATA to XBOX adapter inside to connect your slim hard drive to your old transfer cable.

        That’s what I did when I replaced my Reach 360S with the Gears 360S

    2. You can use an old non-Slim drive to do it, if you have one laying around.

      Transfer everything from your old Slim console to the non-Slim drive.  Once that’s done, hook it up to your new Slim console and copy everything over to the new Slim drive.

  5. I believe you can also do it over the network on the Playstation 3, not to mention the PS3 actually has a backup to external HDD option too.  Its one of the few good ideas Sony had over Microsoft.

  6. This is nice.  Late, but nice.  What we really need is cloud storage backup for all saves. Also, I want the bigger hard drives in retail… but give me a 512GB one.  I recently ran out of space on my 250GB and had to delete a lot of content.

  7. This is nice.  Late, but nice.  What we really need is cloud storage backup for all saves. Also, I want the bigger hard drives in retail… but give me a 512GB one.  I recently ran out of space on my 250GB and had to delete a lot of content.

  8. Um, the 360S to 360S cable isn’t even available on the website… Kind of misleading if you ask me…

    And it is possible to transfer from S to S with the old cable.  You’ll need a big enough old hard drive though to do it.

    To make things easy, just format your old-school hard drive.  Then copy everything from your old S drive, to the old non-slim hard drive on your old S console.  Once that’s done, connect to your new S console, and copy everything from the non-slim drive to the new S drive.

    Could you make this a more time consuming process Microsoft?

  9. Um, the 360S to 360S cable isn’t even available on the website… Kind of misleading if you ask me…

    And it is possible to transfer from S to S with the old cable.  You’ll need a big enough old hard drive though to do it.

    To make things easy, just format your old-school hard drive.  Then copy everything from your old S drive, to the old non-slim hard drive on your old S console.  Once that’s done, connect to your new S console, and copy everything from the non-slim drive to the new S drive.

    Could you make this a more time consuming process Microsoft?

  10. Did I miss something? Major Nelson is employing Joystiq and Kotaku-like enforcement of who has a post show up? 

    Just want to know why this is so relevant to the forty people out there with two slims, yet when Kinect Fun Labs was down for a month he wouldn’t talk about it. Spent over five grand on Xbox this gen, cheers.

    1. Who cares? Why do you keep posting about Kinect Fun Labs? It works fine and it’s free. You seem to be the only person who noticed it was down for a month. Get over it. You are getting annoying.

      1. It is a response to you, specifically. Nobody else cares. If MS already apologized, then why do you post about it 2-3 times on every Major Nelson blog?

  11. Did I miss something? Major Nelson is employing Joystiq and Kotaku-like enforcement of who has a post show up? 

    Just want to know why this is so relevant to the forty people out there with two slims, yet when Kinect Fun Labs was down for a month he wouldn’t talk about it. Spent over five grand on Xbox this gen, cheers.

      1. So instead of making sure the slim harddrives would work with the current transfer unit they made a whole new one that you have to buy? I already own a transfer cable from when I bought my halo reach system….
        yes how dare microsoft allow people to transfer content to a new xbox…at a price…

  12. Can you simply swap hard drives between Xbox 360 S consoles? Does the HDD somehow get registered to the original hardware? Can you pull the new, higher capacity hard drive from one Xbox 360 S and use it with another?

    1. There is no problem at all with that.
      The content licences though, are the ones attached to the console, not the HDD.
      You could always use it in another console but you’ll need to be logged in to XBL.

      Also, the GoW Xbox 360 bundle comes with a 320GB drive (over the standard 250GB). I think most people would want to move all their crap to the higher capacity drive.

    1. Yes, but it won’t work because it has to identify itself as the Xbox 360 version to work.  Its really frustrating how Microsoft, the company who made Windows which supports the widest range of hardware known to man, do not allow the Xbox 360 to use third-party accessories.

      I have been wanting them to support the Logitech wheels every since I heard of them as they are much more realstic than the Microsoft wheel.  Instead they release an even less realistic wheel, go figure.

  13. Just want to point out that if you have music on your Xbox 360 (I still have the original tunes from the Xbox 360 Pro 20GB) or any Xbox game saves (eg Halo, Halo 2) you will need a cable to transfer them as you cannot copy or move them onto a USB drive.

      1. You can find out by trying to transfer the Halo 2 map packs onto a USB stick.  If that does not work you will need a cable.  I am assuming this new cable works like the old cable and does a complete disc move of all content, including content that can’t be transferred to a USB stick.  I know I can’t move an Xbox game add on that came with the special edition of a game, but that is ok because I can reinstall it from disc.

  14. Thanks for that, that sucks.  What Microsoft/Bungie (or any company) should do when they no longer want to support something or make any money from it, is make it public domain.  Before the original Xbox Live was shut down they should of allowed people to download a transferrable licence.  So what if a few people then passed the Halo 2 maps onto some of their friends, it’s not like Microsoft/Bungie could make any money from selling them anymore and it is good PR, unlike the bad PR of “I paid for it but I can’t use it anymore”.  I have the same fear of all electronic distribution, that when the authenticating server is switched off (the Xbox 360 Live servers will be switched off someday) you can no longer do a bit of retro gaming like you could when it all came on disc/cartridge/tape.

    1. Major, i just rung Xbox Customer Support, theyve told me the slim HDD transfer kit isnt even out yet? comes out in the UK on the 11th October apparently, but the representitive told me i can either order one thru them or go out and buy it from local retailer, How come we got to pay for it? Both my Xbox 360 Slim Consoles are under Warrenty and i quoted the serial numbers so surely it should just be a matter of sending it out? No? Why have we got to pay a sir charge of £10 or so just so that we can transfer all our saves to the now larger HDD?

  15. so….i ordered one of the new cables from phone support and got it today. ITS THE WRONG CABLE!!!! THE OLD ONE!!!!!!!!! phone support says now its not available until 10/10/11!!!!!!!!!!! what bullshit!!!!!!!!!! they charged me for something i cant use!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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