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Need to buy a hard drive for my son's Xbox 360 slim, can they play original xbox games?

kmoff77 236 November 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM in Video Games (2)
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I'm not a gamer, but my step son wants a hard drive for his Xbox 360 slim. I opened his up and his doesn't currently have one. I'm thinking about getting the 320GB.

My question is can he play original Xbox games that he downloads on this? I ask because I was looking at after market ones on ebay and some say this "DOES NOT SUPPORT ORIGINAL XBOX GAMES".

He said he wants to play original games that he downloads. Can anyone help me out a bit here....reps. laugh out loud

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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
I'm not a gamer, but my step son wants a hard drive for his Xbox 360 slim. I opened his up and his doesn't currently have one. I'm thinking about getting the 320GB.

My question is can he play original Xbox games that he downloads on this? I ask because I was looking at after market ones on ebay and some say this "DOES NOT SUPPORT ORIGINAL XBOX GAMES".

He said he wants to play original games that he downloads. Can anyone help me out a bit here....reps. laugh out loud
The official Microsoft hard drive has a special partition on it that some of the after market ones don't have. The partition carries the backwards compatibility. So you would need to ask the seller if he has partitioned it to be backwards compatible. Some sellers refurb microsoft hard drives by putting their own in, which makes it look like an official drive but it isn't. So just watch for that too. I'm in the same boat you are, so have just started looking for a hard drive for a 4gb console I'm giving as a Christmas gift.
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I have a slightly off topic, but slightly on topic question to add...

I also just purchased the 4gb Xbox...I see that it can take 32gb usb Memory sticks, but different websites seem to have different info on if you can use these usb sticks to install old Xbox games

So what can't you use the USB sticks for and need a hard drive for?
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The official Microsoft hard drive has a special partition on it that some of the after market ones don't have. The partition carries the backwards compatibility. So you would need to ask the seller if he has partitioned it to be backwards compatible. Some sellers refurb microsoft hard drives by putting their own in, which makes it look like an official drive but it isn't. So just watch for that too. I'm in the same boat you are, so have just started looking for a hard drive for a 4gb console I'm giving as a Christmas gift.
Thanks. Let me know if you find anything, and I'll do the same. Sorry I can't rep you.
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Quote from Ridewithme38 View Post :
I have a slightly off topic, but slightly on topic question to add...

I also just purchased the 4gb Xbox...I see that it can take 32gb usb Memory sticks, but different websites seem to have different info on if you can use these usb sticks to install old Xbox games

So what can't you use the USB sticks for and need a hard drive for?
USB drives work with arcade game downloads now according to here
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/storage
but it will not work with Xbox originals (because it's missing the compatibility partition?)
http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forum...v=1#407373
not sure what happens if you "restore" a compatibility partition onto a USB drive, or if it requires modding
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USB drives work with arcade game downloads now according to here
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/storage
but it will not work with Xbox originals (because it's missing the compatibility partition?)
http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forum...v=1#407373
not sure what happens if you "restore" a compatibility partition onto a USB drive, or if it requires modding
Thanks so much. that is great info.

Now my questions is, what is the difference between arcade downloands and xbox original downloads?
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The official Microsoft hard drive has a special partition on it that some of the after market ones don't have. The partition carries the backwards compatibility. So you would need to ask the seller if he has partitioned it to be backwards compatible. Some sellers refurb microsoft hard drives by putting their own in, which makes it look like an official drive but it isn't. So just watch for that too. I'm in the same boat you are, so have just started looking for a hard drive for a 4gb console I'm giving as a Christmas gift.
it is easy to add the compatibility partition to an unofficial hard drive and it will not get you banned as it is probably not considered modding. It won't allow you to play backup games, only the retail ones. Bing itWink
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Thanks so much. that is great info.

Now my questions is, what is the difference between arcade downloands and xbox original downloads?
you are welcome Smilie Xbox originals are the Xbox game downloads Microsoft put on the marketplace, which rely on the emulator in the compatibility partition. The rest of the stuff on the marketplace does not use the emulator and should work without the partition.

this should also apply to the Xbox retail disc games.
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now, where can i find a deal on one that has the compatibility partition, so he can play xbox originals?

This one says compatible with Xbox 1 games...same thing?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/130711001...1438.l2649
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Xbox originals are the Xbox game downloads Microsoft put on the marketplace, which rely on the emulator in the compatibility partition. The rest of the stuff on the marketplace does not use the emulator and should work without the partition.

this should also apply to the Xbox retail disc games.
Now, you guys are even confusing me! I have not ever bought an Xbox game, but OP...do you have any examples of your "Xbox Originals" that he is trying to download? Just trying to fight the confusion.

I know there is a difference between the games originally made for the Xbox and that you need the special HDD to run the discs on your console...but any GAMES ON DEMAND game that you download (including games originally published for the Xbox) should work without anything special / just off the USB drive...right?? Including the Xbox Originals section of the Games on Demand? I have no idea about this and can't find results on the work computer.

And then Xbox Live Arcade games and loading a game from the Disc to your HDD are two also completely different beasts.
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now, where can i find a deal on one that has the compatibility partition, so he can play xbox originals?

This one says compatible with Xbox 1 games...same thing?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/130711001...1438.l2649
should be the same thing. It is probably a regular HDD with the compatibility partition.
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Now, you guys are even confusing me! I have not ever bought an Xbox game, but OP...do you have any examples of your "Xbox Originals" that he is trying to download? Just trying to fight the confusion.

I know there is a difference between the games originally made for the Xbox and that you need the special HDD to run the discs on your console...but any GAMES ON DEMAND game that you download (including games originally published for the Xbox) should work without anything special / just off the USB drive...right?? Including the Xbox Originals section of the Games on Demand? I have no idea about this and can't find results on the work computer.

And then Xbox Live Arcade games and loading a game from the Disc to your HDD are two also completely different beasts.
I think any original Xbox games, either loaded from disc, or as Xbox Originals from the marketplace are emulated by Xbox 360 and thus need the compatibility partition to work.

other downloadable games - games on demand (that are not Xbox Originals), Arcade games, and demos - can run on a 32GB USB drive according to Microsoft after some recent update.
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Now, you guys are even confusing me! I have not ever bought an Xbox game, but OP...do you have any examples of your "Xbox Originals" that he is trying to download? Just trying to fight the confusion.

I know there is a difference between the games originally made for the Xbox and that you need the special HDD to run the discs on your console...but any GAMES ON DEMAND game that you download (including games originally published for the Xbox) should work without anything special / just off the USB drive...right?? Including the Xbox Originals section of the Games on Demand? I have no idea about this and can't find results on the work computer.

And then Xbox Live Arcade games and loading a game from the Disc to your HDD are two also completely different beasts.
pretty sure you need a HDD to play Halo 1 from either d/l from Xbox Original on demand or popping in the halo 1 disk
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