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I believe XBox uses the FATX file-system. How would I go about getting software to partition a USB portable hard drive for use on XBox? I don't think Partition Magic supports FATX. Thank you :)

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You're better off asking this in – DarkAjax Mar 2 '12 at 15:10
Thanks, I'd never heard of that before, I'll ask there! – stevenmc Mar 2 '12 at 21:30

I think you can remove all data on it, connect it to your XBox and just format it using the XBox itself. It's the easiest solution I can think of. As darkajax already said, you however should post your question on instead as the members over there most likely will be able to give you better answers on your problem.

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Super, thank you for this idea. :) – stevenmc Mar 2 '12 at 21:30

To make your drive work, you'll need a dump of your Xbox's EEPROM (for HD key), the contents of the original C: drive (dashboard), and some program that can initialize the drive for Xbox use. I used xboxhdm to initialize a new drive I've bought recently. There are instructions at the Xbox Scene Forums (the site's down; you may need to use Google's cache to view the page).

Basically with xboxhdm just download the package, unzip it, place your EEPROM and C: drive contents as indicated, then launch the build script to make an ISO image. After that burn the image, then turn your computer off, unplug your existing hard drives from your computer, connect the drive you want to use in your Xbox, and boot from CD. Type 1 at the boot menu, then type xboxhdm when the distro is done booting. Follow the instructions, then reboot. At the boot menu, type 3 and use lockhd -a to lock the drive. Then transfer the hard drive to your Xbox, and if all goes well, the console will boot to the dashboard.

Note: The above instruction is for the original Xbox. If you're looking for instructions on the Xbox 360, you will need different software and also a hard drive security sector in the same capacity as the hard drive you want to install.

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Ah, I noticed the word "portable" now. For that matter, why would it be necessary to format the hard drive for Xbox in the first place, as FAT and NTFS formatted hard drives can be plugged in directly. Without a valid HDDSS it's not possible to do so anyway. BTW, a portable hard drive plus powered USB hub formatted FATX makes more sense on an original Xbox as the system software will format the drive FATX anyway. – cyanic Jul 26 '13 at 16:20
Fair enough. Still, I was pretty clear about the instructions being for the original Xbox, and offer hints for the 360. (I see the tag for xbox360 now, not sure if I noticed it before. It's been a year anyway, so it doesn't really matter now...) – cyanic Jul 27 '13 at 3:47

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