Free Way to Backup Xbox 360/One Hard Drive Easily

It's important to backup Xbox 360 or Xbox One hard drive (HDD) in case of data loss due to system crashes, hard drive failure or replacement.


by Delia Updated on October 18, 2022

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Why should you Backup Xbox 360 or One HDD

Xbox 360 is a great product. Many users love it and save various games and stuff on it, but there is no guarantee that the system will never go wrong or the hard drive of Xbox 360 will never fail. When your Xbox 360 is running in issues, you are at the risk of losing data. Even if you can get it fixed by sending for repairs, it will take a lot of time.

Considering the life span of your PS3, you may need to back up your Xbox hard drive. With a backup in hand, you can recover lost data when necessary, or upgrade your hard drive without losing any games or files.

Xbox One S

Preparations before Xbox hard drive backup

Pick an reliable backup program: Since Xbox 360 does not provides a backup program within the system, and Windows Backup will not work with FAT32 formatted partition, you need a professional backup software to get better performance regarding backup and restore. For example, AOMEI Backupper Standard the free edition is recommended for you to backup Xbox 360 hard drive.

Take out Xbox hard drive: You need to open up the protective shell and take out your Xbox 360 hard drive. Bear in mind that unplugging the Xbox HDD may void any warranty of your Xbox 360, so it is recommended to do it when the warranty expires. In order to remove the Xbox hard drive, you need two special screwdrivers to open the Xbox.

Xbox Drive

Connect the hard drive to computer: If you have a desktop, you need an S-ATA cable and an S-ATA power cable to connect the drive in your computer. If your computer does not have spared S-ATA port, you can get an SATA to USB adapter to connect the Xbox HDD as an external drive.

How to backup Xbox 360/One (tutorial with screenshots)

AOMEI Backupper provides system backup, disk backup, file backup, and partition backup options, so all your games and files can be included in the backup. Unlike Windows Backup, it supports many file systems including NTFS, FAT32, EXT3, and exFAT. What’s more, it allows you to backup data to NAS, share folder, internal/external drive, cloud, etc.

This freeware can be installed and used on any Windows PC. You can hit the download button to start the journey:

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How to backup Xbox hard drive with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Connect the hard drive of Xbox 360 to your Windows computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Install AOMEI Backupper and launch its main interface.

2. Choose “Disk Backup” or “Partition Backup” under the “Backup” tab.

Disk Backup

3. Click the source path to choose the Xbox hard drive as the backup source, and click on the target path to select a location path as the backup destination.

Select source and destination path

4. Click “Start Backup” to run the backup. You can also set more backup Options, Schedule Backup, or choose backup method and setup retention policy in Backup Scheme.

Start Backup

In a short while, the backup will be complete. Then you are able to restore to a new hard drive when you need to upgrade Xbox hard drive.


AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup software that can be used for any internal or external hard drives recognized by Windows (rather than backup Xbox 360 HDD). It provides complete backup options and tools to help you protect and manage your data better.

Additionally, AOMEI Backupper is also an effective disk cloning software. You can use it to clone hard drive to another HDD or SSD, which means duplicating everything on one hard drive to another without restoration.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.