***Update***

Xbox transfer cable problems?
There seem to be a large number of people looking for the solution to the Xbox Transfer Cable not being detected, so to save time for those who don’t want to read through my story, here it is:
1. Swap your drives as per the MS instructions (new hard drive installed on the console)
2. Switch on the console
3. Once at the dashboard, plug the hard drive cable into the XBox USB port
4. Wait a few seconds to be sure (apparently, it takes all the gizmos inside that big box of tricks on the cable a few seconds to power up)
5. Plug in the cable to the old drive

If this has worked for you, then please leave a note in the comments section and point others to this site!
Thanks in advance and happy gaming!

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Out of Space

I’ve been a gamer for many years, and greatly appreciated my switch to the XBox platform (from PC) over the past  few of those.

I won’t go into why I moved from PC to XBox, but regardless of platform there are always limits of some kind.
After some time of resisting the urge to upgrade to the latest ‘edition’ of the console, I realised that my 20 GB hard drive was starting to creak at the seams with all the content I had put on it.

XBox Hard Drive as seen on Amazon

I was paranoid about losing my data: what with game saves, DLC (Download Content) and profiles, etc all hanging about on the drive.

So, I read up on all the info beforehand.
I backed up my saved games to a USB flash drive and finally took the plunge.
I bought a pre-owned 120 GB hard drive from Gamestation along with the official Microsoft Hard Drive Transfer Cable.

I was nervous about buying pre-owned.
I’ve bought plenty of pre-owned games before, in fact I rarely buy a brand new game, but I’ve never bought pre-owned hardware.
However, it turns out that Microsoft don’t make new external drives anymore and the only ones available on Amazon were going for around £100!
A pre-owned hard drive was £30 and the transfer cable £15, so that was the way to go.

“I’m going to follow the instructions to the letter”, I thought as I approached the task over the weekend.

I set it all up:
I swapped the old drive for the new one, as instructed.
I switched on the XBox and let it update itself.
I plugged the “big end” of the cable into the old hard drive, as instructed.
I plugged the USB end of the cable into the USB slot of the XBox, also as instructed
and then …nothing happened!
I tried out different combinations, including swapping back the old hard drive, and plugging the cable into different USB ports, including the one at the back of the console.
Still nothing.
I went into the Storage section of the Settings menu several times, but it never even showed up as an external drive.
The hard disk itself was working fine, so I assumed it must be a problem with the cable and resolved to take it back for a refund on the following Monday.

The Solution!

However, I did a quick “Google” for it and found a few posts on the XBox Live forums; had a play, and here’s the solution!

Instead of plugging the “big end” of the cable into the old drive first and then into the console, do it the other way around.

In other words (The bold text highlights the differences from the official instructions):
1. Swap your drives as per the MS instructions (new hard drive installed on the console)
2. Switch on the console
3. Once at the dashboard, plug the hard drive cable into the XBox USB port
4. Wait a few seconds to be sure (apparently, it takes all the gizmos inside that big box of tricks on the cable a few seconds to power up)
5. Plug in the cable to the old drive
I tried this out and bingo, it worked first time!
The transfer screen showed up and away it went.

So if you’re having the same trouble, here’s hoping that it works for you too.
Happy gaming!

**Update**

This seems to be one of my most popular posts, so thank you all for reading!
If the procedure above has helped you, I would love to hear any feedback you may have.
Did it work for you too? Did you have to modify the procedure in any way?

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