What is Xbox 360 memory card? Do you need it? In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard introduces Xbox 360 memory card and recommends several alternative drives to you. You can use them to expand Xbox 360 storage.
Does Xbox 360 Need Memory Card?
Xbox 360 was first released in 2007 and it was replaced in 2013 by the Xbox One. Although it has been out of date, some people still like to use it and it offers literally hundreds of games to users. A user reports that he always gets a pop-up message related to memory unit.
I bought a new slim for 10 bucks. Everytime I start a game it asks me if I want to save games on my hard drive or memory unit. What is that? I don't have anything in the USB ports. -- www.reddit.com
What is memory unit? It's Xbox 360 memory card. When the 360 came out, there wasn't USB Flash Drive support. Back then there were proprietary memory cards (Xbox 360 memory card) that you could buy for the console.
The Xbox 360 memory card worked the same as a USB flash drive, but had very limited storage capacity (usually in 64 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, etc) by modern standards. With a memory card, you can save numerous game and system features, such as in-game achievements and gamer profiles.
At that time, some people might have to buy an Xbox 360 memory card. But in 2010, the company changed its policy and rolled out a system update that allows any USB memory device to be used for storage. Therefore, nowadays, people don't need to buy proprietary Xbox 360 memory cards.
USB Drive Recommendations
The Xbox 360 has three USB 2.0 ports, with two on the front hidden under a little door and one on the back. You can plug USB storage (flash drives or hard drives) into any or all of these ports to expand the Xbox 360 storage. In this part, I will recommend two quality flash drives for your Xbox 360.
1. SanDisk Ultra Flair
SanDisk is the leading name in memory storage. Undoubtedly, SanDisk Ultra Flair is a dependable product for your Xbox 360. This flash drive promises data transfer speeds up to 15X faster than other USB 2.0 (the maximum USB support on Xbox 306) drives. It can transfer a full movie in under 30 seconds.
In addition, SanDisk even throws in its SecureAccess software, which allows files to be password protected with 128-bit AES encryption. The company also provides up to 2GB of online file backup. This drive is worth buying.
2. PNY Attaché
PNY Technologies focuses on delivering excellent storage solutions with minimum fuss. PNY Attaché is a simple but effective USB flash drive. Thanks to an included loop, this drive can fit onto a keychain.
In addition, PNY has included a sliding collar instead of a more traditional drive cap, which stops users from losing the cap and damaging the USB connector during travel.
If you want to expand Xbox 360 storage, you can add external hard drives or upgrade the internal hard drive to larger one. If so, I recommend you to read the following post:
This post recommends 6 Xbox 360 hard drives for you. It also touches upon how to format and upgrade these drives.