That USB Memory Support update for Xbox 360 was finally launched on 6 April in the evening (Singapore timezone).
In Part 1, let’s take a look at the process of getting your USB memory drive configured with the Xbox360.
As soon as you sign in and attempts to connect to Xbox LIVE, the system will prompt you for an update.
Doing so will sign you out of your profile and the downloading of the update will commence. After which, the console will restart and the system will then run the update. All these two less than two minutes for me. I’m on SingNet Broadband 10Mbps.
Once you sign in to your profile/gamertag again, you will be greeted with the Welcome Channel, a series of tabs which updates you on what’s new.
It tells you a little about the USB Memory Support update and where you can visit to read more.
Let’s start with the 16GB USB flash drive.
Once plugged in, I scroll to ‘My Xbox’ and then slide all the way to the rightmost tab named ‘System Settings’, and then select ‘Memory’. The console immediately recognises the 16GB drive.
Selecting it gives an option to either ‘Configure Now’ or to ‘Customise’ first. If this thumbdrive is new, there is no problem. Otherwise, you can select ‘Customise’ to choose how much of space from the thumbdrive you want to set aside.
If you understand how memory devices work, you would know that some space is needed for processing, therefore you won’t be able to consume all 16GB.
As you see below, I can only use up to 14.3GB.
For the purpose of this exercise, I shall set it lower to 12GB.
The system will then initiate the configuration. This does not take more than 5 minutes, after which a confirmation message will appear on screen.
Your flash drive is now compatible for use with the Xbox360.
The memory device is now recognised differently and you can see the relevant categories of items, as seen on your Xbox360 HDD. More options are now available with the configured device, such as renaming it. This is useful if you’re backing up data from from more than one Xbox360 consoles (1 thumbdrive per console).
I then switched to using a wireless controller so I can plug in an external 500GB drive to the console.
Doing so recognises the hard drive instantly…
As it is a 500GB hard drive, and since I would only be able to use up to 16GB, I shouldn’t choose ‘Configure Now’, so I decided to go for ‘Customise’ so I that I can apportion the amount for backup. Unfortunately, it brings up a warning message saying that all existing data will be lost during the customisation process.
I already have some data inside the 500GB which I was not prepared to lose, so I decided to abort the process until another day. This means that if you have data in your external drive, you should transfer them elsewhere first. I don’t think many people have a new and empty external hard drive lying around waiting for this update. This part of the process is a little cumbersome.
….Stay tuned for Part 2