Format USB Flash Drive for Xbox 360 Easily in Windows 10/8/7

November 16, 2018

This tutorial demonstrates how to format USB flash drive for Xbox 360 and introduces the requirements of the flash drive on Xbox 360.

Scenario

“I have a 16GB USB flash drive and I plan to use it for my Xbox 360. But when I connect it to the console of the Xbox 360, I found that the Xbox 360 does not support this USB. Is there any problem with this USB? What should I do to solve this problem? Any advice will be appreciated in advance!”

Can I use any flash drive for Xbox 360?

First of all, we have to figure out the questions like “what the Xbox 360 is?”, “Can I use any flash drive for Xbox 360?” As many users know, the Xbox 360 is a second-generation home video game console developed by Microsoft. Its main use is games, but it can also be used to play DVDs, view photos, listen to music, and so on. The Xbox 360 allows users to configure a USB drive with a maximum capacity of 16GB for storing Xbox 360 games, player information, video files and other information. But the Xbox 360 can only read partitions formatted as FAT32, that is to say if the file system of your USB flash drive is not FAT32, the Xbox 360 will not support it. So, you have to format the USB flash drive to FAT32.

How to format USB flash drive for Xbox 360?

Don’t know how to format USB for Xbox 360? Here provides you two methods. First of all, you should pull out the USB flash drive from your Xbox 360 console and connect it to the Windows computer and make sure it can be detected.

Method 1. Format USB flash drive with Diskpart

Diskpart is the Windows built-in tool. You can use it to manage your drive better. The specific steps of format USB flash drive with Diskpart are as follows:

1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run box, type “diskpart” in the run dialogue, then hit “Enter”.

2. In the pop-up window, input the following commands and hit “Enter” after each command.

list disk

select disk n (here “n” is the disk number of the USB drive.)

list partition

select partition m(here “m” is the number of partition going to be formatted.)

format fs=fat32 (here if you need to format the USB drive to another file system like exFAT, replace the command with “format fs=exfat”.)

Diskpart

Method 2. Format USB flash drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant

If you are not familiar with the command line, you can turn to a third party disk formatter to complete this flash drive formatting operation easily. Here I recommended you a powerful disk manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant, which provide you many powerful functions like Format Partition. You can use it to format your hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. easily in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista. The following example will show you the specific steps of formatting USB flash drive in Windows 7:

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the partition of the USB flash drive you want to format and select “Format Partition”.

Format Partition

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose the FAT32 (or other file system you need) file system. Here you can also specify “Cluster Size” under the file system if you need to. Then click “OK”.

Select File System

Step 3. After that, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the changes and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete the operation.

Apply Proceed

Thus, you can connect this FAT32 USB to your Xbox 360.

PS:

If the original file system of your USB is NTFS, you can also convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss.

Conclusion

After follow these simple steps, you can format USB flash drive for Xbox 360 easily in Windows 10/8/7. By the function Format Partition, you can solve the problem like “Current Read Only State Yes” too. AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best disk manager. Besides Format Partition and NTFS to FAT32 Converter, it also provides you many other powerful functions like resize/delete/create partition, partition copy, Wipe hard drive and so on. If you want to copy system disk, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to complete this operation.