How to set up an Xbox disc for use on PC

One may assume that since Microsoft develops each Windows and Xbox, you would swap the storage drives between the console and the PC with no downside. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, and upon getting formatted a disc for use on the Xbox, it’ll now not work on PC.

All video games, whether or not downloaded or on bodily disk, retailer their knowledge in console storage to enhance loading occasions. Since a lot of the knowledge is saved on the console disk, Microsoft doesn’t need anybody to have the ability to entry this knowledge from a PC proper off the bat (so as to scale back piracy), and so it determined to use a system completely different information, which aren’t acknowledged by Windows or Linux PCs.

USB external hard drive on Xbox

How to reuse an Xbox disc on a PC

The very first thing to be mindful is that since a PC just isn’t ready to acknowledge the file system of a tough drive formatted for Xbox, that knowledge is inaccessible and shall be misplaced if you need to reuse the drive on a PC. Therefore, you have to be conscious that if you don’t want to lose something you need to make a backup copy of the disk in query.

Make a backup to keep away from shedding knowledge

If in your case you need to reuse an exterior USB disk, you possibly can at all times switch all its knowledge to the inner storage of the console in order not to lose something. Simply go to the console choices menu (by urgent the Xbox button on the controller), Profile and System, Settings, System, Storage and choose the choice “Backup”.

Xbox Backup

In the subsequent window you will notice the storage of the console and the linked exterior disk. Just observe the wizard and switch all the information from the exterior disk to the inner storage of the console (you will have the choice to examine “Select all”.

Transfer Xbox data

Format the disk for use on PC

Once you’re positive that each one your knowledge is protected and that you’ll not lose something (or if you’re conscious that the information on the disk goes to be misplaced), you should have to join it to a Windows PC. Initially the system is not going to acknowledge the disk, so we should format it with a file system that the pc does acknowledge. To do that, right-click on the Start button and choose “Disk Management”.

Disk manager

Here you will notice that there are two sections, the higher half with a listing of storage units linked to the PC, and within the decrease part a view of the partitions of every of the drives. You should determine which of those on the backside corresponds to the disk you will have linked, the one which was from the Xbox, click on on it with the proper button and click on on “Initialize disk”.

Initialize disk

Once the disk is initialized, we now have to format it with a file system that Windows acknowledges. To do that, merely click on on the black parts marked “Unallocated house” with the proper mouse button and choose the choice “Create easy quantity”. This will launch a wizard that can information us by the method of making the partition, wherein you merely have to just be sure you use the NTFS file system.

Once that’s achieved, you possibly can use the disk on any Windows PC as regular.