Xbox 360 System Update Now Available – Adds Support for 2TB Hard Drives

The Xbox 360 received a system update today implementing a number of features showcased to Xbox 360 Preview program members earlier this month including one of the most requested features voted on at the Xbox Feedback website for larger external storage for the Xbox 360. Today’s update includes this feature and more.

Larger external USB hard drives – Plug in any external USB hard drive up to 2 TB to store your Xbox 360 downloads, profile, saved games, and other data.

Purchase history – To view your recent purchases, go to Settings > Account >Purchase History.

Password reset  You can now reset your password by selecting Forgot your password? at sign-in.

Network statistics – View  download speed, upload speed, and signal strength, go to Settings> System > Network Settings. Select your network, and then choose Network Statistics.

See your money – Your Microsoft account balance now appears in the top-right corner of the Xbox Dashboard. To turn it off, go to Settings > Profile > Account Security.

Read more about Xbox 360 operating system versions and system updates.

As a reminder, the best way to recommend changes and improvements to the Xbox One or 360 is through the Xbox Feedback website. We appreciate your feedback and continue to work on improving the Xbox experience.

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  • Komrad

    This is awesome!

    While the 3.5 2TB drive I pulled from another system is working, it needs a separate power adapter and I have to manually turn it on/off. I’m going to look for a usb-powered 2tb portable drive to replace it since that would be more power efficient.

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  • Marco Silva

    darn, too bad the update killed my 360

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  • hammr25

    lol, so now I can’t look at my purchase history without enabling Internet Explorer. Nice “update”.

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  • Brian Waymire

    if it is anything…I can confirm the Western Digital 2tb Passport Ultra works. And now i will be buying any games from that era on the 360.

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  • Thomas Scott Estes

    So can I use a 2TB hard drive internally?

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      No.

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    • Caesar Seriona

      In theory, you could if you know how to transfer hardware and get the xbox to read it but xbox doesn’t make internal 2TB, the highest is 500GB.

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      • Thomas Scott Estes

        So you’re saying the only think keeping me from having an internal 2 TB hard drive in my Xbox 360 is the will and ability to pry open a plastic case that snaps together and slides into place? Interesting…

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      • Caesar Seriona

        It depends on how the memory chip is built.

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  • Bobo Tapia

    Is there a reason my 7 year old account’s purchase history only goes back to october 2013?

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    • Komrad

      you should ask that question on the xbox support forums .

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      • Bobo Tapia

        I’ve never had any success there. So, commenting here is just as useful, unfortunately.

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  • Sammy Scott

    Quick question for you guys that have taken advantage of the storage ability already – how is the speed of the external drives, compared to the internal HDD? USB2 is fairly slow and seems like a pretty tight bottleneck in this situation. I need the storage badly though. How are load times?

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    • Guest

      The difference isn’t actually very noticable and depends on the game.
      The SATA interface of the internal harddrive is a very slow one too.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Funny thing is, both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One (even the PS4) use Sata II and not III.

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      • Sammy Scott

        Hence why we’re seeing these articles about a 7200rpm external drive over USB3 being noticeably faster than the One’s internal drive.

        Good stuff, thanks for the info! I’ll have to pick up an external for my 360.

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    • Michael Burden

      With a good quality drive you should see little to no difference in load or access times.

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  • Caesar Seriona

    So how exactly does this work. Do I just attach a 2Tib harddrive and allow it to update the drive? And another thing is that, can I sell all my xbox harddrives and just only use the 2Tib and will it still function?

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    • Michael Burden

      Many games and older DLC will still require an internal hard drive. Most DLC made prior to the introduction of external storage (like Fallout 3) will have to use the internal drive for the DLC unless the developer has patched it top support it (but few if any did this). Any game that says a hard drive is required will also need an internal drive.

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      • Caesar Seriona

        So basically having a 2TB is useless.

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      • Michael Burden

        No it is not useless by any means. You can still install arcade games, Games on Demand, and DLC (later than 2008) on the external and use it just fine. But it is still considered external storage and has limits on use, so does not replace the internal hard drive.

        Games that say they require a hard drive will still require an internal hard drive to install, the external drive does not replace this requirement.

        Xbox Originals (both digital and original Xbox discs), will also still require an official Microsoft internal hard drive to work, as those have the emulation partition necessary to run those supported games. Any external drive (or 4GB internal flash storage) will not have that partition or emulation software to run original Xbox games (i.e. Backwards Compatibility).

        Some older games released before any external storage was introduced on the 360 will only read DLC if it is installed on the internal hard drive. This is because when the software was written there was no external storage so as far as the game knows, external storage does not exists. I believe this was around 2008, and I know Fallout 3 is one game that to which this applies.

        Those are the only exceptions, everything else works fine using external storage. Like I said, Games on Demand (which includes the Games with Gold offerings), Live Arcade games, and most DLC can be stored and used from there. Also you can store your movies and music there as well, and use them with no issues.

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      • Caesar Seriona

        Okay good because I only have four games on disc and everything else is digital.

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  • Ryan Roff

    Can someone please tell me if I can use any external HDD that’s 2TB and store both Xbox 360 Slim and Xbox One games?

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  • Noble Ten

    I just bought a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB external hard drive for my Xbox3600. I’m repeatedly getting the error message when i connect the hard drive to my xbox360 that the hard drive must be USB 3.0

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  • Komrad

    Why did you buy the 3tb one? I set up my 2tb seagate backup plus slim drive yesterday and it’s working flawlessly with my 360.

    I’d take the 3tb one back and get the right size.

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