How to Move Your PC Skyrim Save to Xbox 360 for Dawnguard
The beta test for the first expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has just hit Xbox Live, and if you’re itching to get your vampirism on in Dawnguard but you’re playing on PC, you’re out of luck for at least another two months. Unless, that is, you have an Xbox 360 copy of the game.
That’s because, with a little know-how, you can move your PC save to an external device and copy it to your Xbox 360, allowing you to enjoy Dawnguard now while the rest of the PC players are forced to wait. It’s not exactly practical, but if you’re really dying to venture to the Soul Cairn, we’ve got your hookup.
Just follow the steps below and you’ll be able to pull your PC Skyrim save to your Xbox to start enjoying the DLC immediately — if you’re in the beta. Otherwise, it’ll be another month.
NOTE: When you mess with your save files, you do so at your own risk. Always make backups and copies of your files before you alter them, or risk losing them forever! While we’re confident in these steps, we haven’t been able to test them fully and unique problems sometimes arise, so take precautions.
What You’ll Need
- An Xbox 360 copy of the game
- An Xbox-formatted thumb drive — plug it into your Xbox and format it from the Settings menu
- An Xbox Skyrim save file. Any save should do but you need the Xbox version because it acts as a folder for your PC Skyrim save
- A copy of your PC Skyrim save file, which we’ll show you how to get
- Modio 3, which you can download here
1. Format the USB thumb drive on your Xbox 360
Plug in your thumb drive and navigate to the Settings menu on your Xbox dashboard. Hit “Storage,” and then find the USB drive and let the Xbox format it. Make sure you’ve backed up anything on the drive beforehand.
2. Copy the Skyrim save from the Xbox to the thumb drive
You’ll need an Xbox version of a Skyrim save, but any save should do. You should back up your Xbox 360 Skyrim saves somewhere else if you want to keep them, as you might destroy them in the transfer.
3. Find your PC Skyrim save and copy it
Your save file is located here: C:Users[Your User Name]Documents (or My Documents)Games (or My Games)SkyrimSaves. Find the file you want and make sure to copy it to the desktop. You’ll be renaming the file, which could screw it up for your PC game in the future.
4. Rename your copied PC save as “Savegame.dat”
Be sure to get it exactly: Savegame.dat
5. Open Modio
When Modio opens, hit the button labeled “Open From Device.” Navigate to your USB thumb drive and find the Xbox 360 save you have there.
6. Navigate to “File Contents”
This should show you what’s inside the Xbox 360 save file. You should see a file called Savegame.dat there, just like the file you created on your desktop.
7. Inside Modio, right-click Savegame.dat and go to “Replace File”
That should bring up a navigation window to find a file.
8. Find the Savedgame.dat file you created on your desktop and choose it as the replacement
9. In Modio, click the button marked “Rehash and Resign”
That should replace the original Savedgame.dat file your Xbox generated with the new Savedgame.dat file you made on your PC — effectively sticking your PC save data into a folder the Xbox can read.
10. Hit “Save to Device” and make sure the file saves to the USB thumb drive
11. Take the USB drive back to your Xbox to access the save file
And you should be done. Again, be sure to create back-ups of all important save files before you start transferring and renaming them, as you could lose them if anything goes wrong. Enjoy yourself some Dawnguard!