How to Copy Xbox 360 Games to Your Hard Drive

by Michael on May 9, 2009 · 12 comments

Have you ever wanted to copy an Xbox 360 game to the system’s hard drive? Well, ever since Microsoft unveiled the “new Xbox experience” during the fall of 2008, it’s been possible. Read on for step-by-step instructions.

Copying Xbox 360 games to your hard drive

  1. Go to the Xbox dashboard
  2. Select “My Xbox
  3. Highlight the game window and press “Y
  4. Choose “Install to Hard Drive” and hit “A

That’s it. Once the game is installed, you can play it from the hard drive by hitting “Y” from the game window in “My Xbox” and then selecting “Play from Hard Drive. Note that the game disc still has to be inserted or you won’t be able to play. Given this limitation, what’s the point?

Well… I can think of three major advantages to installing your games on your Xbox 360 hard drive:

  • Load times will be reduced, not just when launching the game, but also during major scene changes.
  • There will be less wear and tear on the optical drive, as it won’t need to spin during gameplay.
  • Having the game on your hard drive offers some protection against scratched discs. As long as your Xbox can mount the disc, you’ll be able to play. This is true even if there’s a scratch that would otherwise cause the game to error out during gameplay.

It only takes a few minutes per game so, assuming you have enough hard drive space, there’s no real downside.

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