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How much do you know about Xbox 360 hard drive?

The Xbox 360 hard drive allows players to save games, game data, music, movies and more to their console for easy retrieval later. The Xbox 360 hard drive (HDD) stores player information, saved games and files purchased over Xbox Live. The Xbox 360 HDD ranges in size between 20 GB to 250 GB depending on the version of the console. The hard drive is detachable for removal and replacement.

Sizes
The Xbox 360 hard drive has come in 20 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB, and 250 GB sizes. The 20 GB hard drive originally shipped with the Xbox 360 Pro console. This was replaced by a 60 GB hard drive in 2008. The Xbox 360 Elite originally shipped with a 120 GB hard drive. This was replaced by a 250 GB hard drive in 2009. The Xbox 360 S console comes with a 250 GB hard drive. You can also purchase a 250 GB Xbox 360 HDD as a separate accessory. The Xbox 360 Core and Xbox 360 Arcade consoles did not come with a hard drive.

Usage
The Xbox 360 hard drive is not required to run most games, but it serves an important function for all of them. Player profile data is saved onto the hard drive, including system settings and Xbox Live account information. Saved game information storing the player’s progress also goes onto the hard drive. Some games also have updates, add-on scenarios, or expansion packs that you must download onto the hard drive for use with the game. You can also store video and music files on the Xbox 360 HDD.

Compatibility
The majority of Xbox 360 hard drives are interchangeable between consoles. The Xbox 360 Arcade, Core, Pro, and Elite consoles have the same size hard drive slot. The Xbox 360 S hard drive and console are a different design. You cannot swap the S console and hard drive with any other hard drive or console other than another S model.

Removal
Pressing the tab on the hard drive will unlock it from the console. This allows the hard drive to swing free from the console. You can then plug a new hard drive into the slot. The Xbox 360 HDD automatically locks into place when inserted.

Identification
The hard drive is rectangular-shaped with rounded edges. On the top is listed the size of the hard drive's memory, followed by the letters HDD (hard disk drive).

Cost
Microsoft sells the 120-gigabyte hard drive for $149.99 on its website. The company also sells an Xbox Live starter kit that includes a 60-gigabyte hard drive for $99.99. Hard drives can also be purchased from retailers where video games are sold.

Benefits
The wholesale hard drive for Xbox 360 provides much more storage space than memory cards, allowing players to save entire games and movies to play later.

History
When the Xbox 360 was originally released in 2005, the standard hard drive that came with the system was only 20 gigabytes. Newer models allow for more storage.

Warning
Do not remove the hard drive from the console while it is in use or you could corrupt some of the files.

Considerations
Memory can be transferred from one hard drive to another or to memory cards.

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