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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  • TomeOne

    That page still talks about the old one, though…

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      The images on the support site have not been updated, that’s why I’ve got the new one in the post. 

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      The images on the support site have not been updated, that’s why I’ve got the new one in the post. 

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      • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

        Do you have a higher res pic?

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      • TomeOne

        The Microsoft store link on that page needs to be updated as well.:)

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      • http://twitter.com/RoninHarlequin Tim Samples

        But when you click the link to buy one….the description says “Cannot be used to transfer data between two Xbox 360 S hard drives”.

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      • http://twitter.com/RoninHarlequin Tim Samples

        But when you click the link to buy one….the description says “Cannot be used to transfer data between two Xbox 360 S hard drives”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Del-Ray/1132216446 Del Ray

    YES!!!!! I’ve been wondering about this since they announced the GoW3 system with the 320 GB hard drive.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Del-Ray/1132216446 Del Ray

    YES!!!!! I’ve been wondering about this since they announced the GoW3 system with the 320 GB hard drive.

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  • http://twitter.com/tstephenson Thomas Stephenson

    Is there a plan to allow us to do this over a network (wired or wireless) in the near future? I can do this with Windows to move to a new computer. That would be really slick and save the hassle of these one time use cables.

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  • http://twitter.com/AmpliFreQuency AmpliHelix

    So buyers of the Gears 3 console bundle can’t get this for free? Why am I not surprised….!!

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    • http://twitter.com/TechsUK Mark Taylor

      because people that don’t want the transfer cable shouldn’t have to subsidize those that do? can’t you use portable hard drive?

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      • http://twitter.com/AmpliFreQuency AmpliHelix

        Have fun with the 16GB limit and at-a-time transfers if you have the 120GB or more.

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      • http://twitter.com/AntaraelDulacre Antarael Dulacre

        took me a whole day with a 2 GB USB Stick (1,4 GB to use if empty) and had a full 120 GB Elite…

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      • Anonymous

        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).

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LMZLSAFFZAGLFCE3ITIIRIPXWU Duncan

        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.

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      • Anonymous

        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.

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  • http://twitter.com/AmpliFreQuency AmpliHelix

    So buyers of the Gears 3 console bundle can’t get this for free? Why am I not surprised….!!

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      I shared the information the moment it hit my inbox. 

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      • Anonymous

        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😉

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      I shared the information the moment it hit my inbox. 

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    • http://twitter.com/tsrblke tsrblke

      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.

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    • http://twitter.com/tsrblke tsrblke

      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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Now I can buy 7 more consoles in addition to my current collection of one.

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    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      Finally!  This cable makes owning several more consoles than you need a reality!

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  • Anonymous

    Now I can buy 7 more consoles in addition to my current collection of one.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4FJQMHYDTTSFH7NF2DEAE4XFA Michael

    It is just unfortunate you have to buy the transfer cables now.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4FJQMHYDTTSFH7NF2DEAE4XFA Michael

    It is just unfortunate you have to buy the transfer cables now.

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  • http://twitter.com/FanaticFamily Fanatic Family

    Anyone got any idea how to clone my current 250GB drive to another 250GB drive to be used in the same console? I like my data reduntant/offsite in some cases.

    GT: OctagonQontrol

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    • Anonymous

      That’s kind of silly sense it’s all downloadable again.

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      • Anthony Dahmane

        i assume he means game saves, which obviously cant be downloaded.

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      • Anonymous

        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.

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      • Anonymous

        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.

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    • ElektroDragon

      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!

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LMZLSAFFZAGLFCE3ITIIRIPXWU Duncan

        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.

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    • ElektroDragon

      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!

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LMZLSAFFZAGLFCE3ITIIRIPXWU Duncan

      This is to protect content (eg if you have ever tried to copy Hexic you will find you can only move it), otherwise you could duplicate and distribute it.

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  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    Call support if you have any questions or you want to order from them to make sure you’re getting the cable you need.

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    • Anonymous

      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.

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  • Anonymous

    Hopefully I won’t need anything like this for a long time as I just got my first 360 S last Tuesday but great to know this is available just in case.

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  • Anonymous

    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?

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  • http://twitter.com/GweedyJ Ric Kraus

    Support wont let me buy one over the phone and the website listed only has the old cables

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  • Ryan Lovatt

    I miss the days these were free ;[ 

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  • aStrangeDisease

    This is cool. I was wondering how I would transfer content if I ever wanted to upgrade my HDD again.

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  • Bryan Holloway

    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.

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    • Jaymoon

      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.

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFAXQ262PPPDAXOTSIRG7L7HN4 Aaron

        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

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      • Bryan Holloway

        I don’t have the old HDD anymore. 

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    • Jaymoon

      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.

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  • Anonymous

    Glad it’s finally available.  Too bad MS still drastically overcharges for the actual hard drives (especially the old style)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3SA2XXK6NWAMFYN57B7LHO4R4M luke

    too bad i cant use this to transfer my sons 250gb HD from his reach xbox that decided to break 3 days after the warranty expired,130$ for a new HD i think not.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • ElektroDragon

    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.

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    • aStrangeDisease

      I think they are adding cloud saves in the next big update at the end of the year.

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  • ElektroDragon

    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.

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