When you format a USB stick on 360, can you ONLY use it for 360?

#1 Posted by Raven_Sword (3438 posts) -

basicaly what the title says. Im afraid that my HDD is crashing or about to, and I want to back up my saved games. However, It says it wants to format my USB stick, and im getting the incline if I format this thing for 360 I can only use this stick for 360 stuff, not other stuff like Documents and other stuff you use USB sticks for back up. Hell, I have my PS3 game saves on this stick as well for backup, and I would hate to have a whole stick thats only good for 360. Anyone know?
#2 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

When you format it that partition can only be used for the 360. 

#3 Posted by blackbird415 (777 posts) -

correction: you can only use it for the 360 until you format it on your pc.

#4 Posted by Raven_Sword (3438 posts) -
@SpikeSpiegel:

So, how much does it partition? This is a 8gb Stick.
#5 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -
@Raven_Sword said:
" @SpikeSpiegel: So, how much does it partition? This is a 8gb Stick. "
I believe you can set it to as much as you want. The most you can partition on one device is 16GB but that doesn't apply to this situation. 
#6 Posted by Raven_Sword (3438 posts) -
@SpikeSpiegel:

Will their be a thing asking how much I want to partition to it? I only really care about my games saves as I can redownload everything else if something happens. But im not sure how much I would need to partition just for my game saves, because theyre isnt a option to mass backup only game saves. its everything on the HDD or nothing as far as I know, otherwise you have to go copy each file individualy.
#7 Posted by Burns098356GX (1366 posts) -

When you go to the USB format utility in your Xbox press the Customize button. You'll be able to set up your USB to use as much or little as you please. Doing that will let your Xbox partition that amount of memory your flash drive. The rest of the remaining data can still be used normally. 
 
Game saves generally don't take up a whole lot, I think the biggest game save I've seen is Dragon Age at 17MB per. 
 
Just remember that if your format your flash drive on your PC, it will format the whole thing and you'll lose your 360 data. I believe it works in reverse too, if you format it on 360 you'll loose your normal PC data.

#8 Posted by Lev (109 posts) -

I think some people are using the term "partition" a bit too liberally here.
 
Setting up your USB flash stick for use with the 360 does *not* give it any fancy partition type; it merely *encodes* the Xbox 360 data in a manner that only the Xbox can read and work with. I just popped my 360 memory stick in my computer for validation and I can see that it is clearly still a FAT32 partition scheme (which it was to begin with).
 
[quote] Just remember that if your format your flash drive on your PC, it will format the whole thing and you'll lose your 360 data. I believe it works in reverse too, if you format it on 360 you'll loose your normal PC data.[/quote]
 
If you were formatting the flash drive in the PC it shouldn't effect other files than the 360 files *if* it really were a separate partition. The fact that it would remove everything on the stick directly correlates to the fact that there isn't a fancy partition scheme being used. If that were the case, formatting the partition would only remove data on that specific partition and leave any other partitions in tact.
 
And for the record, I may just have lousy memory, but I honestly don't remember the console asking me how much space I wanted to devote to the 360 usage. I popped in the stick, ran the tool to make it work with the 360 and it asked me if I wanted to set it up for use with the 360, but I really don't remember it asking me anything about how much space. I may have forgotten about this completely, so don't go quoting me on this, but that is my experience.

#9 Posted by CharleyTony (923 posts) -

I tried it with a 8GB stick,, I made a 4GB partition for Xbox 360 saves. When I connect that usb stick to my PC, it shows that I have 4 GB still available ( 3.8 maybe) and there is an XBOX360 folder that  cant be used on the computer. That's it.

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