While I was at the Microsoft 2008 Global MVP Summit in Seattle during April I was able to visit the Microsoft Company Store. I happened to pickup a shiny new 120GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive while I was there.
Microsoft were really clever when they packaged the 120GB hard drive accessory as they include a USB data transfer cable that hooks up to back USB port of the console and clips onto the 120GB hard drive SATA connector. This allows for the software to move all content (except movie rentals) to your new hard drive albeit only in one direction. So you can’t downgrade your drives at a later stage. They also include a DVD titled “Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer” in the kit which does the actual work.
So tonight I decided would be a good time to do the transfer as Eskom aren’t planning on any electricity load shedding. Also you have to know that the 120GB hard drive content will be erased when you do the transfer, so make sure you check out all the content before doing the data migration.
I followed the instructions and connected the 120GB drive up to the back USB port on my console, turned my console on and inserted the software DVD. This is what I saw:
Yes, can you freaking believe it! They have region locked the transfer software. Unfortunately its after hours so I can’t contact the local support line. I’ve tried searching for a solution and it seems I need to get a DVD for PAL consoles as it seems there are 3 versions as there are games, namely NTSC (USA), NTSC (Japan) and PAL. Is it too much to ask that the fact that its region locked appear somewhere on the product packaging at least?
I’m hoping the solution will be a simple Xbox LIVE code I can redeem to download the transfer software to my hard drive or even a memory unit.
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Im from Massachusetts with an American console and I just moved to Denmark about 3 months ago. With the upcoming update I really want to install a lot of games to my hard drive. So I bought a 120gb hard drive here and I have the same issue as you. Can you tell me how this turned out for you? Did you ever get the software? and how did it get to you? by mail? over live? redeemable code? thank you I would greatly appreciate it. Happy gaming….Ben
same problem here, i have a NTSC 360 and a PAL kit cd. If anyone want to trade for a ntsc!!!
I still can’t believe the region locked that thing !
This happened to me yesterday. I’m from Southeast Asia and have an Asian unit. I had someone buy me a 120gb drive from the US and bring it home. Got it yesterday. When I tried to transfer data, the region-lock thing stopped me dead.
How did this turn out for you guys?
Same thing US 360, UK 120GB upgrade.
Anyone want to trade US for PAL upgrade kit, let me know.
Microsoft, I hate you.
Hi, i bought a US 120G drive and i have a PAL unit – can’t transfer the data.
All we need to do is swap the discs!
I have the NTSC transfer disc.
WILL BE HAPPY TO TRADE FOR A PAL VERSION !!!
i have the ntsc disc but i have the pal console!!!everyone change the imagine of disc with me???send me via email the imagin of the xbox transfer kit disc and i send you the ntsc version!!!!!
contact me for change the imagine of the disc with a ntsc ( i want the pal version pls) [email protected]_gmail.com
@paradix86: I don’t believe that you can use a copied image as the disc needs to be an Xbox 360 original disc.
I have a similar situation to Adel. I live in Asia and had someone send me the kit. I need a PAL version if someone wants to swap!!!! 🙂
if you make an exact copy is 1:1, first create the image with Xbox Backuop Creator and then burn with Imgburn, is the same method you use to copy games xbox 360
I called the microsoft asking if it was possible to download the CD somewhere or send me via mail, I replied that can not, and I recall the whole kit with yet another cable because they can not just send the CD, and also send me a wireless headset black …. because in the package of my elite was broken and I have sent the headset green (that of halo 3) and the cd broke NTSC transfer kit! the only thing positive is that they are not stingy with the accessories … in fact …
I have the japan kit but have a us xbox anyone want to trade
If you want to trade hit me on xbox live tag mike9772
What about PAL .iso of HDD transfer disk? Can you upload image (if you have it)? I’m very sad ((
Unfortunately ripping an ISO image doesn’t seem to work. 🙁
Hectic stuff, im looking at getting a 120gb. im not worried about transfering the data, but would like to know if the hdd work on a pal console even if it is from the us. thx
I can confirm, the region code doesn’t affect the hard drive itself, only the software media used to do the transfer.
I have the PAL transfer disc.
I’d like to trade for an NTSC version.
Hey. I have similar problem. I have an Asian xbox, but am trying to transfer from a UK (PAL) hard-drive using the UK cd. Anyone want to swap?
Hello I search Pal disc. Only find NTSC version. CD oder
DVD ist normal Format oder Special Xbox 360 Format??? THANK
Does anyone have the CD image of the NTSC version for the
data migration kit? I have the cable but not the CD. Many thanks,
Anybody with a PAL Disc, i have a link to a downloadable
NTSC-U disc as an .iso file. So all you have to do is put it onto a
disc and put it in. I am unsure if it will work correctly, because
i HAVE NOT tried it as i have a PAL console. Also, send me an
e-mail because i’d love to get one of these PAL discs.
Hope it helped. Peace out.
Riding drag on this but I’m in the same boat. I bought back
an NTSC from the CONUS and am in Singapore and stuck with an Asian
[NTSC J] disc…swap anyone? I need the NTSC version…
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