How to Transfer Old Xbox 360 HDD Data To A New Xbox 360 Slim

Just upgraded and wondering how to transfer old xbox 360 HDD data to a new xbox 360 slim?

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Well, you’ll need to transfer your saves and stored files. This guide will walk you through that transfer process.



  • USB Thumb Drive (8 or 16GB recommended)
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit (Optional)
  • Computer with access to for License Transfer

Time to Install: 15-60 minutes Table of Contents

Step 1: Preparations

The redesign of the Xbox 360 Slim means that you can’t simply buy a new 360 and slap your old hard drive on it any longer. Now, to transfer old xbox 360 HDD data to a new xbox 360 slim, including your save games and downloaded files you’ll need to transfer them to the new system.

The method you choose to transfer your data between two Xbox 360′s depends mostly on your patience and willingness to give Microsoft $15 of your money for a “single use” cable. Luckily, thanks to a past update, the Xbox 360 supports up to 16Gb USB removable storage units. Unless you want to move a huge amount of data or don’t own a USB thumb drive, you can move your data for free quickly between consoles.

Note: Xbox Original save games on your Xbox 360 cannot be moved between consoles using the USB method. Also the Xbox 360 Slim lacks a port for the now retired Xbox 360 Memory Module.

If you are really sold on moving all your data at once you can order the Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit online or at a local game store.

Step 2: Transferring Data Using the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit

So, you’ve taken the quick route and given Microsoft some cash for a fancy cable to transfer all your existing hard drive content to your new Xbox 360 Slim.

Great! Now all you need to do is follow these simple steps and you’ll be back up and running on yor new system.

  1. Remove your hard drive from your old Xbox 360
  2. Connect the hard drive to the end of the Hard Drive Transfer cable
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into a USB port on your Xbox 360 Slim
  4. Turn on Your New Xbox 360 – You will be greeted by a notice that the system detects a transfer cable is connected.
  5. Choose “Yes, Transfer to the Console” and select “Start” then the process will begin
  6. Wait 15 minutes to several hours for your files to transfer at USB speed!

The process will take a varying amount of time depending on how much content you have to move. While it’s working you might want to go out and grab a book. Once it completes, you should Transfer Your Licenses to make the new console capable of playing all your licensed content without requiring you to be logged into your Xbox Live! profile online.

Step 3: Transferring Data Using a USB Thumb drive

If you already used the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit to move your data move on to step 4. This is redundant!

The second method of transferring old xbox 360 HDD data to a new Xbox 360 slim console may be more time-consuming. If you have only a little data (or are willing to download previous purchased content on the new Xbox 360 from Xbox Live!) you can save a lot of time using a USB thumb drive.

If you can connect both systems to the same TV and switch between inputs it will make this process a lot faster. Both consoles need to work for this method to succeed. Before using your USB thumb drive you will need to set it up for the Xbox 360.

  1. Head to the memory area in system settings.
  2. Select your USB Device
  3. Choose from Configure Now (Format and Configure the Full Device), or Customize (you can choose how much memory you want configured for Xbox360 from the free space on the device.)

Save game files and profile information move easily onto and off of USB media. Here’s the general process:

  1. Insert the USB thumb drive into the old Xbox 360.
  2. Navigate to “System Settings – > Memory”.
  3. Choose your Hard Drive.
  4. Select the files you want to transfer and copy them to the USB thumb drive.
  5. Repeat this process until all your files are moved from the old Xbox to the New Xbox.

Once you have moved all your save games or all you can fit on your thumb drive, unplug the USB device and insert it into the new Xbox 360. Repeat the reverse of the above directions to copy the USB content onto the Xbox 360 HDD.

When done, you’ll want to transfer your licences and Xbox Live! profile to your new system. You can find directions on how to do this below.

Step 4: Transferring Your Licenses and Live! Profile

To play your purchased games and content, you need to be online using the same Live! profile they were purchased under. You can avoid this hassle by transferring the DRM licenses to your new console. Microsoft makes this process a little cumbersome but it can be done. If you choose not to transfer the licenses you can still use all your content, but you will be denied if another profile on the console tries to use it.

Transferring the licenses requires you access with a computer to “consolidate” your license files and then push them out to your new Xbox 360. This can be done once every 12 months unless your console is repaired or refurbished by Microsoft. Here is a link to the Xbox 360 Content License Transfer instructions on

Moving up from an old system to a new one is an exciting prospect. It’s not hard to move your gaming history with you. Microsoft doesn’t even make it difficult. While we discussed the transfer old 360 HDD data to a new Xbox 360 Slim, these instructions work just as well for transfer between an old hard drive and a larger upgraded add-on or old-style console.

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102 Comments on How to Transfer Old Xbox 360 HDD Data To A New Xbox 360 Slim

cj dalesandro

On August 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm

hey man i tried transferring my data and when i plug it into the new slim it reads empty.


On August 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

can i download data from PC to x box ?


On August 19, 2010 at 1:27 am

what is the defect in very long time loading before go to the main menu?


On August 19, 2010 at 1:35 am

in our x box, the DVD room can open its own and close its own! what is the defect?


On August 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

cj, did you format the thumbdrive using this: Before using your USB thumb drive you will need to set it up for the Xbox 360.

1. Head to the memory area in system settings.
2. Select your USB Device
3. Choose from Configure Now (Format and Configure the Full Device), or Customize (you can choose how much memory you want configured for Xbox360 from the free space on the device.)


On September 2, 2010 at 4:50 am

Do your achievements go over there aswell?

Shawn Sines

On September 2, 2010 at 5:49 am

Achievements are tied to your live account, so yes, as long as you transfer your account they will still be there.


On September 13, 2010 at 12:38 am

I cannot transfer my hardrive from xbox360 to 360S using a data transfer kit,it keeps telling me I have to configure it ! I had two hardrives to transfer and I wiped the 60gb clean by doing this so I lost the damn lot of data,have backup on 20gb but how do I get it across ??


On September 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It dosen’t even read my usb on the older 360 (16GB Duracell USB)


On September 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

and it’s empty.


On September 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

or I should say it dosen’t detect it. I can see that it searches for it since it refresh when I plug it in, but after that nothing.


On September 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

so I transferred all the information to my new xbox slim with no problem, now i went to play dragon age origins and tried to import my old character to play DA awakening and then I realized that all my saves were deleted?!!! I’m furious! is there a way to recover saved games once the memory had already been transferred to a new source? HELP!!

Shawn Sines

On September 21, 2010 at 5:54 am

Guillermo: I’m not sure I quite understood that.. are you saying you moved the save files form the old to new HD and DA did not recognize them?

You have to move the Save files over to the new system and they should work fine. You can transfer them to a USB drive pretty easily if they are still on the old HD.

Shawn Sines

On September 21, 2010 at 5:55 am

Alexi: It might be an incompatibility with the memory stick. Have you tried with another brand?


On September 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

i transfered my licences but to the wrong one i think :S is there any way to fix this and any other way to transfer licences?

Shawn Sines

On September 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Jayms: unfortunately you can only do it without MS intervention once per year (12 months). I’m not aware of any other method of transferring licenses… try calling MS support and explaining your problem.


On October 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

My new 360S does not detect the transfer cable upon start up. I cannot even begin to transfer?? Do I have to configure the USB transfer cable somehow?


On October 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I can feel the old hard drive runnung when its plugged into a USB port on the new 360S however its not being recognized…..


On October 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’m in a similar boat:

1. Bought 4 GB USB Drive. Went to System Settings>USB Drive>Configure for Xbox 360
2. Transferred all my game date off the old Xbox 360 to the USB drive successfully.
3. Stuck USB drive into new Xbox Slim and it sees it as an empty, unformatted flash drive.

Weird, because I originally configured the USB drive on the new Xbox Slim, and after I put the old game data off the old 360 on the disk, the slim won’t read it anymore.


On October 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Ok. I think I figured it out. For anyone having issues with the Xbox 360 S not reading anything off the USB flash drive after you’ve copied your game data onto the USB, read this:

Instead of copying individual files, navigate to the Systems Settings Screen where you can highlight your USB device, then hit Y. This will bring up the transfer menu. Select 3 or 4 games at a time, don’t try to copy over hundreds of megabytes at a time, or the majority of the games can get corrupt (Experienced this first hand). After the transfer is complete, move the USB to the 360 S and the game data should appear now.


On October 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

hi i just put in the transfer cable went to system settings/memory then it asked me to configure the HDD and exited me hit the A button it configured and it looks like there is nothing on it everything is 0 KB and i think it only has the operating system on it noting is on my new x box and i need help it did not ask me to format it… it just said configure


On October 28, 2010 at 2:14 am

I’ve had the same problem as Tom – trying to transfer data from my 20GB HDD to my new 120GB HDD. But my Xbox doesn’t recognise my new HDD as an Xbox HDD, but instead thinks its a USB drive and is trying to configure it. I don’t want to do that in case it messes the whole thing up. I spoke to Xbox support and they don’t have a clue, they have to get a hardware specialist to call me back. :(


On November 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I have the same problem as Tom and Ash it says configure and it will delete all but i dont want my stuff deleted


On November 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Can you just transfer a single profile’s data from an old hard drive to the new 360? My old profile is on my brother’s 360 and when I get my new Xbox I want my profile from my brother’s hard drive onto my new one. Anyone know if you can do this?


On December 16, 2010 at 7:23 am

i have the 360 arcade with the standard hard drive….(8gb) I think?? What would be the easiest way for me to transfer the data to my 360s? Don’t know a whole lot bout this stuff.


On December 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm

If I where to keep my old X Box but still transfer all of my memory to my new X Box will the old one still have everything on it including my live information and if not is their anyway to have my memorie on both X Boxs


On January 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I tried to use a USB from my old one to the new one and all it does is bring up the option to configure or customize?!?! PLZ HELP!!!


On February 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I tried to use the license transfer tool and it gives me an ERROR screen at the end when I’m trying to download to my console. A load of crap micro$oft is when their own websites don’t work.


On February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Hey all!
I am having a similar issue as some of you on here. I have tried all three USB ports on the back of the new Slim, but still no option to transfer from my old HDD to the Slim. I might make mention here of a few details:
1.) My transfer cable is NOT an official Microsoft cable. 2.) Both my old and new HDD are 250Gb.
With this info in mind, is it possible that the culprit is that there is, somehow, a difference in the transfer cable? Can anyone verify this? Maybe we need *official* Microsoft cables?

Other than that, I’ve got nothing. No options to transfer dittly-squat. All I have is my profile that I was able to recover on my new Slim.
Can anyone shed any other light on this?


On February 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m in the same boat with this data transfer problem

Going from Xbox 360 20GB to the New Slim – though of using a 16GB USB card for the needed storage. Anyway the problem is that no matter what the old hard drive using a Microsoft Transfer cable is only partially recognized by the new Slim XBOX – I get the option to format the USB drive i.e. the old 20GB drive but the Y option that would enable me to transfer the information. Any ideas?


On February 22, 2011 at 4:57 am

Does transffering memory from an old hard drive to the slim wipe the old harddrive???


On February 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

i have a old Xbox 360 with HDD with a lot of stuff saved on it and then I got xbox slim that also got some stuff saved on it if I transfer from old xbox to new will the stuff on my new be deleted


On February 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

so i put my flash drive in my old xbox 360 but the xbox doesnt detect the flash drive. need some help


On February 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ok im starting to get irritated because my xbox does not even recognize that there is a transfer cable, the hard drive is good I just used it, the cable is good my friend just transgress his data with it, and there is no data on the consol to mess with the transfer!!!


On March 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

to Nick

Yes it wipes the old hd. It says so in the instructions although I forget if it says when you just transfer some of the data.


On March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Does music ripped from a cd onto xbox transfer as well As everything else or do I lose it?


On March 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I just bought a Transfer kit by Microsoft at Game stop. I haven’t tried it out because of all of the problems I’ve seen on this site. My boyfriend has a lot of games he’s played and doesn’t want to chance losing any of his memory. So I am still deciding to take it back.. Or find another solution.

Someone needs to Explain this more in detail. Also help those who lost their memory. This is so not cool… buying an item to transfer some data onto another machine and being told it doesn’t work or DELETES everything is outrageous.



On March 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Transfer cable doesnt work, he doesnt recognize my harddisk… Didnt try it yet with the usbstick… I’ll let you guys know if it worked or not…

If it doesnt work i’ll by myself an new “old” xbox (cause mine has Graphic card problems) and will sell my slim version…

Boooh microsoft for changing there harddisks :-(


needs help

On March 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm

hey i already played games. and have alot of data saved on new. will it erase all my data if i bring my old data over?

needs help

On March 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

hey i already played games. and have alot of data saved on new. will it erase all my data if i bring my old data over? is there any way i can keep both and save all together?


On April 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

dont customise your hard drive it wipes everything of. now i have a hard drive with nothing on can u get your stuff back.


On April 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Will I be able to play the same memory on my old xbox if I keep it?


On April 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Will I be able to access my memory on my old xbox 360 if I keep it?


On April 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

hi i have been having troubles with mine all day and these are whats happening; nothing detected, saying to customize or configure, not reconizing any usbs but when it does theres nothing there?. I need help.


On April 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

i just want my 120gb drive data on my new 250gb is it soo hard to ask?


On April 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

my friend has same as me and it works fine for him why doesnt mine :@ :s


On April 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I know everyone’s asking this but i still have not seen a clear answer…IF I ONLY WANT TO TRANSFER A COUPLE FULL GAMES TO MY NEW XBOX WILL IT ERASE EVERYTHING ON THE OLD ONE OR NOT?????


On April 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

you know i also have the same problem on my slim. its picks up the cable as a usb drive.. and damn its irritating… any help guys


On April 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

btw guys i found something called Xport.. check it out


On May 11, 2011 at 3:54 am



On May 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

This might be the wrong place to post this, but does anybody know if manually putting the old XBox HD into the slim box will keep the data on the drive. I know this involves taking apart the old HD, and putting it in the new box, (found instructions online), but my old box is dead, and I hate to spend $20 on a tranfer cable for single use.

the me

On May 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

i loveU man ( no homo) you help me a lot!!!! thanks

aftryan 1337

On May 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

i just bought a transfer cable and i dont have the slim but when i wanted to put the data from my 20gb to 120gb on my xbox it shows my old hdd as a usb storage device that hasent been configured to work with an xbox.any ideas. my gamertag is aftryan 1337

WTF ID get this

On May 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

IM actually scarred to transfer, this acually bums me out, all i want from the slim is the wi fi thats all but i also want my memory from HDD console on slim without any data erasing that is all i ask. i hate these stupid technicallitys

Logan S.

On June 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

You can do this a Smaller GB USB drive right? All I own is a 4 and 6 GB drives.


On June 15, 2011 at 7:35 am

Sorted… they way i did it was plug the usb you are going to use into the xbox slim. configure it on the slim. then go onto the old xbox. (making sure your signed in on your profile and your profile is the owner of the game saves). go into setting>memory. go onto games etc click on move or copy (you can’t copy gamer profiles). tranfer it onto the usb then tranfer your own profile onto the usb. then put the usb into the slim. tranfer your main profile 1st onto the hdd by going into settings>memory>memory unit>gamer profiles. then press A and move to hhd. then you will have permission to tranfer game saves onto the hdd of the slim, you can either copy or move them by pressing A then copy/move onto the hdd. (you can do this alot faster by pressing Y when you have opened the memory unit option, which can tranfer the lot on the hdd with just a few clicks) This will then tranfer your game profile (with your achievements), and your games saves!


On June 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

If you use this USB method, I hope for your sake you are EXTREMELY CAREFUL AND ONLY COPY DO NOT MOVE!!! Just lost ALL of my data thanks to my willingness to try anything I see on the internet without understanding it fully. You had better read these comments carefully before you use the Flash Drive method. !!!


On June 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

This wouldn’t work with a broken Xbox would it. Is there a way to plug the old 360 hard drive to the new Slim?


On June 26, 2011 at 6:23 am

I have not got any of the transfer wires u mention, is thier any other way to transfer my profiles to my new x box slim, like via the pc or somthing


On June 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

help, was lucky(?) to get a a xbox s as our old xbox id had one of those errors that was reported got xbox s today, i have done everything to the latter but transferring old hard drive to the new one one with them tranfer cables, play the disc goes ok then it say no storage devices!!! i cant no further than that, i cant think or understand what going on, please help as it getting me stressed!!!!


On July 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

ive read all the comments left so far on this subject and am now unsure if i even should buy the new xb slim. i have the older 20g model and works fine. onlt prob is that the laser is a bit messed up and i can’t play any NEW PURCHACED games on it, but all others i have work fine. it costs £50 to get the new laser replaced but it still has the potential of the RROD. I found a site which explains how to MOVE your gamer profile, (as you are not able to copy, so it says),and everything on it to another machine. im looking for advice too on what to do with my current situation. the link is below….. Thanks


On July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I found out a couple things. 1st the transfer cable won’t transfer data from one “S” model to another “S” model. Also, if you get an error message while trying to transfer data from your old HD to the new one it’s because your console needs the latest update via XBOX LIVE. After that system update you should then be prompted to begin the transfer.


On July 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

I did the transfer today. Luckily I was on LIVE, as it prompted me to allow an update when I plugged in the transfer cable. After update was done I moved ALL from my 20GB to my new 120GB. I was given the option to move what I wanted, which was cool. I moved all my music, themes, DLC, video’s, avatar etc…You can take it all with you…with the only exception of games you D.L. to the Hard Drive from the game disc.
I did call XBOX for one particular reason. I have two 360′s, each with a 20GB hard drive. The lady I spoke with told me that “Yes. You can transfer each hard drive to the one bigger hard drive”. I made sure she understood what I was asking since her accent was so broken & thick and I have a serious southern drawl.
After the successful transfer of the first one I was one step away from hooking up the 2nd hard drive when I decided to call XBOX back. I talked with some dude. I didn’t even get the question out of my mouth when he said “No! Do not do that. Plugging that drive in with ‘format’ or erase what is on there now!
Lesson learned: If you for a second doubt what the person is helpful, then seek someone who makes you comfortable. I shiver of all that could had been lost.


On July 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Hello Everyone

I have an Xbox 360 Arcade, however all of my friends have an Xbox 360 Slim. I want to transfer saved game profile so that I can play with them using my profile when I go to their house.

I dont have Xbox Live
I have a Xbox memory card
I have a USB

I have tried formatting the USB but my Xbox doesnt read it. Its like it isnt there, I cant even see or select it, so I cant format it!

Anyway, any help would be appreciated.

Alex Ramirez

On August 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Holy , i just saved like 120$ Thanks

Jim Billy

On August 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I’ve had no problem with transferring my data the only problem that I have is trying to get my music from my old system to my new system is there anyway to do that using a usb drive. If you can any help will be greatly appreciated.

Ryan Cans

On August 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

I’m beginning to think that keeping the Xbox Slim was a terrible idea, given all that I have heard about the transfer cable…
Especially because of a few ‘untold’ things…
1. The Halo series does not allow you to watch videos, or look at recent maps or games.
2. If an error occurs during transfer through my transfer cable (which also is shown as a USB drive), I will not only lose a wide amount of maps and games from my original hard drive, but I will also lose an incredible amount of pre-ordered material, which CAN NOT be regained…
3. My old hard drive happens to work with the original Xbox, stopping me from having to shell out $120 to buy a hard drive for the Slim.
4. I happen to have a fan attachment for my original Xbox, which means it never overheated. With the slim, there’s no point in keeping it.
5. I won’t be FORCED to use wireless controllers (basically, if I happen to find some extra friends over, or if my batteries die during the heat of the moment, I could easily switch it out.
6. I could easily take the information placed on my Slim’s excuse of a hard drive, and put it on a 16 gig UBS flash drive.

Seriously, now that I’ve considered its troubles… I don’t see why I keep it… I suppose I could send in my old busted Xbox, get it repaired/replaced, and play on the Slim until it’s return to use the most of the second half of my 12 month subscription. When I do get it back, I could easily sell the Slim for some of the money back. This might be the most cost-effective way of getting the most of my game.


On August 26, 2011 at 5:15 am

When I use my transfer kit it reads my 60gb hdd as a USB storage device and asks me if I want to configure it but I don’t or I will lose all of my data :( please help if u can


On August 27, 2011 at 2:48 am

Hi, I am trying to transfer a save game (Halo 3) from my old xbox to my xbox slim. Im using a usb. I transfered the file ok but the save game data is not available. ie ive finished Halo 3 on hard and that is still saved on the old xbox. I want to transfer this to the slim so i can play it there. What to do?


On August 28, 2011 at 9:03 am


i have the same problem as alot of people on this post, HDD coming up as usb storage device? screw that my email address is “” and my gamertag is “Cold Armour” message me please if youve figured a solution to this problem.


On September 12, 2011 at 1:19 am

hi just like to no when i transfer my date from my old xbox to the new xbox slim.well i lose all the new data of the new xbox ie game demo and what els it come with..thanks..


On September 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

xxx360xxx’s method is working perfectly with my usb drive so far. I’m dumping the contents to my new 320gb GOW3 hdd and hopefully will be ready to play soon. :)

Things to note:

1) Some files you just can’t xfer. For some reason my SFIV saves won’t move. Nor will my Full House poker avatar unlocks (though I am guessing maybe I can dl to my drive after.) Facebook app, Netflix, most zune stuff and Halo waypoint won’t xfer and will need to be re-downloaded.

2) See 1). ALL older Xbox 1 content you may have on your HDD such as Halo2 maps and Ninja Gaiden additions, SW:knights of the old republic and other content from Xbox 1 WILL NOT transfer at all! It only gives the option to delete it. :(
So, if you want to play that content again sometime, keep your old fat 360 and hdd intact…

Other than that it seems to be a seamless transfer using my 16gb SanDisk flash drive. Though the xbox saying it’s transfer rate is poor when it’s got usb 2.0 support sounds fishy to me.


On October 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

alright,well i configured my hard drive to the new S console and it wiped it?


On October 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

My husband’s old 360 won’t come on anymore and we were wondering how we would go about getting the information off of the old HD onto the new 360.


On October 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I want to transfer all game data from my Xbox 360 S 20 gig HD to a new 25o Gig HD. Can I do this via USB Flash Drive? I have a transfer cable but it doesn’t connect to the 360 S…Thanks


On October 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Does anyone know if the Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable will transfer all my Original Xbox 1 content like my Halo 2 multiplayer map packs etc.?


On October 30, 2011 at 7:31 am

I struggled with the lead and tried various options but nothing worked.
So i then decided to open up the hard drive slot on the bottom of the xbox slim(the small cover, the end with the rubber feet). I took apart the old xbox hard drive which is very easy to do( one screw is hidden behind a sticker). I unplugged it and plugged it straight into the hard drive slot on the new xbox slim and bingo. It all works brilliant and the data transfers straight across. Just need to now know how to move the game data from one profile to another ?
Hope this helps everyone, no need to buy a stupid lead that doesnt work.

Joey M

On November 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I am encountering this problem with my sons “old” 20g hard drive from the original xbox 360 and transfering all his data via an older model transfer cable to his new xbox 360 slim modern warfare 3 package we just picked up today. Apparently, from what I’ve read online else where, microsoft pulled another money grab by making sure the old style transfer cables from the original xbox 360 versions won’t work for this process. The connections work fine as far as connecting to the 20 gig HD and into the USB port for the new 320g slim. Unfortunately, the new xbox just doesn’t detect the old style transfer cable the same way it would for the new version transfer cables. This is a giant ripoff. Another way to screw the little guy out of another twenty bucks. Thanks microsoft! Guess I’ll have to head out to the store to pickup a new style transfer cable. I can’t stand MS. Bunch of crooks! You know when they were developing this “new” transfer cable they could have made its detection similar to the old style transfer cables which have the exact same connections… but no dice. Super ticked I have to waste more money.


On November 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I can’t tell you how happy this made me, After waiting about a week for a copy of skyrim through gamefly it finnally shipped today and my slim 360 broke, But after some googling I found this post thanks to you I can play it on my brothers older xbox until mine is fixed and just transfer my file.. Just wanted to say thanks :)


On November 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’m about to buy a new Xbox because I’m able to get a killer deal so I have not done the transfer yet. One major question I have for everyone that has not been successful is: have you gotten all of the latest updates for the old AND new Xbox. I know that prior to April you were not able to use flash media on the old style Xbox. (Not sure about the slim


On November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

does anyone tried this: to buy from ebay unofficial data transfer kit-£ 2.50-3.00 ,than copy all data to pc with it,than put it(hdd) back on xbox and do the transfer with usb flash drive or official x360 kit.
so you can have backup of all your data on your pc that later you can put it back on your old hdd and use it with your old console.i didn’t do it by myself,this is just theory….


On November 25, 2011 at 2:57 am

Hi guys the solution to this problem!

update the xbox360 S when you get it so get internet connection because the new xbox is update so some files are not working.

after the update the USB Y option should be available

If that doesn’t work I really don’t know the answer anymore.


On December 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

Ill let you guys in on something I just did. I wanted to transfer my data but didn’t feel like it was worth it to buy a cable, and my flash drive was too small. Last my old Xbox had the rrod so it was useless. I took the old hard drive case apart and removed the actual hard drive. I removed the 250 gig hdd from my Xbox S. I then slid my old HD into the new Xbox S (this takes some precision), plugged a regular old external HD to my Xbox S (USB) and transferred all my info to it (the external drive).. Then I pulled the old drive out replaced it with the 250gig that came with it and copied all the info onto the 250gig drive from the external HD. It all took like 15 min. The most time consuming part was getting the old HD out of the original case.


On December 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Just an FYI if your xbox pulls a E74 and then there is an update and the old xbox didn’t get it, you won’t be able to use the transfer cable to retrieve your data. I just called Microsoft and they told me I am SOL unless I can find someone with an old xbox that will let me plug in my hard drive and copy the contents to a flash drive.


On December 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Ok I have a question. My old 360 got the RROD so i bought the new black one, my frioend copied all of my data from my old one onto the new one fine, but then i decided that i wanted to get my old one with the red ring fixed so i could have it another room. my friend told me that i could put all of my data from my black 360 back onto my old one once i got it back, so i tried that tonight , i used a usb flashdrive type thing. now when i go under memory on my old xbox it says that all of my games and stuff is on there, however when i put games in to play them there is nothing saved and i would have to beat the games all over again. so basically what im asking is, is there a way to have all of my original content on both of my 360′s? and if so how because the way i tried was not working????


On December 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

guyz need help plzzzz
i tried data transfer from old hdd to new xbox slim but it shown currupted how can i solve this guyz help me plZzzz……


On December 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Can I transfer my license without live. it seems to corrupt when i put it in my new xbox and uncorrupt when i put it back in my new xbox


On December 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

sorry when i put it back in my OLD xbox


On January 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

I tried to do this using the USB method. 1) I hate that it makes you transfer instead of copy. I was a bit wary about doing this but I went through with it anyway. 2) I plugged in my USB drive into my new Xbox and it said it was unformatted!!!! 3) Screw you microsoft, I just lost all my data because of your formatting issues.

Rhys Rigley

On January 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

to my previous reply with the xbox hdd to hdd soulotion, with my email adress, i will check everyday if i can in the afternoon. also add me on xbox live for quicker soulotion, send me message saying if you need help so i accept ya back and add as friend, xRFTDxWaRlOrD ,


On January 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi there, I’m having a few problems transferring the data from my old hard drive to my new xbox 360 s. When I connect the hard drive and switch on the console there is nothing to say that a transfer cable has been detected. If I then go to the settings menu and mass storage I can see that it registers that something is plugged in via USB but it wants me to format it. Can anyone help?


On January 30, 2012 at 4:18 am

how do i trancefer every think from one xbox to another with out wipeing every think on the other


On February 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

My flash drives work on the xbox 360 slim, but they do not show up on the older 360. Any ideas on how to get them to work?


On March 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

I have a question, is it possible to save the data on a different (properly formatted) External Harddrive, and then plugging that harddrive into the xbox slim?


On April 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

What about this…..Can you transfer your data using cloud storage?


On July 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

Thank you soooooooo much! I’ve got the slim version for birthday present and Dawnguard DLC to. Didint want to start all over again. Worked perfectly for me.


On October 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Hi, Ive just done the transfer using the USB from my old xbox 360 to my new xbox 360 slim, all worked well, everything trsnferred, but whenever i try to play my games it says that the DLC’s are all corrupted but i can play the game when i am on xbox live because it tells me to re-download it, so i do, and it downloads instantly, but then i disconnect from xbox live, and it says it is corrupt again, i tried deleting everything off the slim and downloading it again new, but it still says it is corrupt, and i cannot always be connected to xbox live, is there a way to fix this? how can i make it so the DLC’s are all permanently not corrupted? PLEASE HELP!!! :’(


On November 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

My old 360 pro system finally red ringed, so I bought a slim 250gb for a sweet $199 on Black Friday. Since the old pro was busted I Had to take apart the old hard drive to fit it into the slim, but it was easy. Then I just transferred to USB, put the new hard drive back in and transferred on to that one. Pretty slick


On December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I’ve done these steps as well as the instructions steps (which is to have everything on, then plug in the cable then old drive) and nothing happens. I don’t have internet options at my house so I can’t download my gamer profile :-/


On February 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

So I recently purchased a brand new 360 and a HDD transfer cable to salvage all of my old data from my first 360 hard drive. I ran the transfer successfully and transfered the licenses for my purchased content. All of my previously downloaded games now run the full versions. However, the two seasons of Code Monkeys that I downloaded years ago will no longer play. When I attempt to play a video, i get the message

“Can’t play this content because it may not be supported. For more info, go to Status code: 69-80004005″

These videos used to play on my old 360 n problem, and now they won’t play at all… Please help…


On April 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

what if i delete my old account on my xbox but still transfered all my stuff from my old xbox