Xbox 360 Slim: Add An External Flash Drive for Extra Storage

The Xbox 360 Slim only comes with a 4GB hard drive. It fills up faster than you’d think. If you don’t want to spend $100 on the 250GB Xbox drive, you can add a flash drive for additional storage.

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Note: The Xbox Slim only supports a flash drive up to 16GB. If you’re a casual gamer like me, this is a great solution.

Insert an empty flash drive into an available USB port on the back of the machine. Here I’m using a 16GB Patriot Xporter Rage flash drive.

Turn on your Xbox, and from the main menu, navigate to My Xbox >> System Settings using your Xbox Controller.

System Settings

On the System Setting screen select Memory.

System Settings

On the Storage Devices screen the flash drive will be displayed. Select it.

Storage Devices

On the Configure USB Device screen select Configure Now.

Configure USB Device

A verification message is displayed letting you know all content on the drive will be lost. Select Yes.

Configure Device

Now wait while the flash drive is formatted and configured for storage of your Xbox content.

Configuring Drive

After the process is complete, you’ll get the following message letting you know the drive is ready to use. Select OK.

Device Configured

Now on the Storage Devices screen, you’ll see your flash drive and the amount of free storage. Select the flash drive.

Memory Unit

On the Memory Unit screen you’ll see the drive is empty and ready to store your games and other media.

Memory Unit Free

If you’re a gamer on a budget, adding an external drive to your Xbox is a cheaper solution for extra storage space.



  1. Beyond_Life

    December 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Yeey! I just got my new 360 installed and was looking on ebay for a hdd, but this is a cheaper sollution. Because I have enough flash drives laying around here.

  2. Jason Benway

    June 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Does this work with the non slim Xbox’s?


    • Brian Burgess

      June 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I haven’t added on to the other Xbox 360 myself, but I would imagine it works the same.

      Not a bad idea to add more storage to the 250GB you already have. Let us know if it works out for you!

  3. Jabu

    November 19, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Can I add more tha one 16gb flash drives? Also, I have a 500gb external drive in not currently using; would this work?

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