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Does what it's supposed to do...,
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This review is from: Xbox 360 Data Transfer Cable (Accessory)UPDATE:
There is a NEWER cable that looks like it can transfer data from/to BOTH old-style OR Xbox360 "Slim" Hard Drives. Search for "Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable" and the cable looks black instead of gray. It also has what looks like an added SATA connector for Slim style hard drives. Last I checked, that new product is here:
I received the Xbox360 Data Transfer Cable and used it to transfer all my data from my Xbox360 Elite console to my Xbox360 Halo Reach "Slim" console.
Technically you are connecting ONLY the detached hard drive from your former console, hooking it up with this transfer cable, then connecting the other end to a USB port of the console you want to transfer data to.
The cable comes in a box that is branded/designed the way all the new Xbox360 peripherals and games are showing up this year (those green "waves" and such).
The process is very straightforward:
(I did this while the Xbox360 Slim was already on, sitting idle in the 360 dashboard):
1. Connect one specific end of the cable to the detached, non-slim 360 hard drive.
2. Connect other USB end to any available USB port in the slim system (I plugged it into one of the two front ports)
3. A prompt will appear, asking if you want to transfer TO or FROM the console.
4. You can then individually select items to move, or move everything.
One thing to note is that it transferred all my content to the Xbox360 Slim EXCEPT for games that were installed to the HDD (that is, disc games I installed to the HDD before for quicker access times). Not a big deal and it transferred everything else (some 800+ files) without incident.
Remember that if you transfer data you still may have to "transfer licenses" - if you don't, then some content (such as downloaded XBLA games or other downloaded content) may not be playable if you aren't online and signed into Xbox Live. This isn't a big deal for me because I am always online when the Xbox is on. Do a google search for "xbox360 license transfer" and one of the first pages should be a link to the Microsoft page on the matter. This will move the actual 'licenses' over as well, allowing you to play your downloaded/purchased Xbox Live content when you are not signed on to the net. Additional note: you can only transfer licenses ONCE per year, technically. Then you just have to sit tight, or take it up with Microsoft via phone support (I can't vouch for having done the latter :)
Like other reviewers say, once you're done with it... well that's it :( I'll be holding onto mine as I have friends transitioning their data from one console to another. That said, save money by just pitching in for one then and using it amongst your 360-owning friends :)
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 6:21:03 PM PST
Adam Hedigan says:
The hard drive i have is one of the large silver ones that snap onto the top of the console. Can you transfer memory from one to another?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 7:03:02 PM PST
Ah, yes you can. One side connects to a free USB port on your Xbox, and the other end attaches to the hard drive. You then transfer the content from one drive to the other (depending on which one has the original data). Happy Thanksgiving!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 11:17:18 PM PST
I saw this on the micro$oft support site for the transfer cable.
"Once the transfer is complete, the original content on the destination hard drive is replaced with all the content from the source hard drive and the content on the source hard drive is erased."
Does it really erase the content off the source/original drive? If so that sounds like it could be a bit risky to me if something went wrong, maybe I'll go the flash drive route instead.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 11:47:20 PM PST
Hi Eric, that sounds about right to me. I went in knowing that it was essentially for transferring / moving data and not copying. The flash drive alternative is probably fine for moving and copying Save Data and stuff. One of the things about license transfer is that, although the licenses are transferred, I still would re download all relevant DLC... that could take.... awhile. So it might be better in your case to use a Flash Drive :)
Posted on Feb 26, 2012 3:14:07 AM PST
J. Grover says:
Does the Data Transfer Cable allow you to use the old HD as an external drive?
Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:22:13 AM PDT
I am reviewing a review.... Reviewception.
Posted on Jun 7, 2012 5:02:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 5:02:38 PM PDT
accidently clicked format all memory gone :c
Posted on Jun 11, 2012 11:30:17 AM PDT
I'm an IT guy but very new to Xbox 360. I purchased a second 360, but both of my xbox's use top mounted HD's. I need to move my Forza 4 files. Will this work for me? Do I plug one HD into the Xbox, or use my pc and move them that way?
I understand using the cloud may be a problem and would like that to be a method of last resort. I am still using the unpaid version of Live and need to stay that way for a time longer. All help appreciated!
Posted on Aug 3, 2012 12:18:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2012 12:19:20 PM PDT
Hi James, I found your review EXTREMELY helpful! My boyfriend and I have a question though. The transfer kit came with a disk and in your review on transferring you didn't mention using it. Is it required to use while transferring the data or important or anything of that sort? if so, what is it's purpose?
thanks for the help!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 1:18:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2012 1:20:21 PM PDT
Hi Kendra! I don't recall my version of the kit coming with any disc. You might have a newer version of the product (it's the official item manufactured by Microsoft, right?).
The cable did what it needed to do and the Xbox Dashboard popped up the proper, on-screen prompts. It wouldn't hurt to try without the disc (don't transfer anything yet).
UPDATE: I did a little Google searching and it looks like the disc isn't necessary if you're running the latest versions of the Xbox Dashboard - it may be intended for Xbox360's running really old/legacy versions of the Xbox Dashboard. If you've been signing onto Xbox Live and applying those Spring Dashboard Updates and such, then you probably don't need to use the disc.