How to Move Content to Another Xbox 360 Console

If you've purchased a new Xbox 360 console, you can transfer everything (games, videos, music, saved games, gamertags, and even your hard-won achievements) to your new console!

There are two options available for moving your precious information. You can either use the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit to move everything to your new console, or connect a USB thumb drive if you only have a small amount of content such as your gamertag and saved games.

The Hard Drive Transfer Kit, which includes a special transfer cable, can be purchased online or from a local game retailer.

 

To transfer content to your new console, you need the Hard Drive Transfer Kit and the latest console software. To get the latest console software, sign in to Xbox Live on your new console. If your console needs new software, you'll be prompted to install it. If your console is not connected to Xbox Live, you can use your computer to download the console update from the Internet. Here's how: Get a Dashboard update.

Once you have the Hard Drive Transfer Kit, you're ready to transfer content.

To transfer content to another console

1. Remove the hard drive from your old Xbox 360 console. How do I do this?

2. Connect the transfer cable to your old hard drive as shown below.

3. Plug the other end of the transfer cable into a USB port on your new console. When both ends of the cable are connected, you are ready to transfer content.

 

4. Turn on your new console. If you have the latest console software installed, the following message will appear.

 

Choose Yes, transfer to console.

Note: If this message does not appear, sign in to Xbox Live to get the latest console software. Here's how: Get a Dashboard update.

5. Select Start to begin the content transfer.

The transfer might take several hours to complete, depending on the amount of content stored on your old hard drive. Once the transfer is complete, sign in to Xbox Live and enjoy your new Xbox 360 console.

Content Licenses

After your content is transferred to the new console, some content might still be associated with your old Xbox 360. Don't worry, you'll still be able to play the content on your new console as long as you are signed in to Xbox Live using the gamertag that originally purchased the content.

However, if you want to use all of your transferred content without signing in to Xbox Live or with a different gamertag, you'll need to transfer the content licenses to your new console. For information on how to do this, please go to www.xbox.com/drm.

Using a USB Storage Device

If you only need to move a small amount of content (such as a gamertag or a saved game), you can use a USB storage device to move the content to your new console. Learn more about using a USB storage device with your Xbox 360.

Note: The Xbox 360 console can copy a maximum of 16 gigabytes (GB) to a USB storage device. If you need to transfer more than 16 GB of content, you should use the Hard Drive Transfer Kit.

More Information

For more detailed info on using the Transfer Kit, visit the Support Page.
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