The "compatibility lottery" with USB flash drives also exists with USB hard drives. From the console's point of view, they're all memory cards. No compatibility list exists because the only time it'd be worth trying
one would be if you already happened to have a 4gb or smaller HDD sitting around with a USB enclosure... In any other circumstance, it's easier to install a new internal drive. Even if you have to buy a PC specifically for the job.
Otherwise - NAS.
QUOTE(fallenangle @ Jan 25 2010, 06:41 AM)
if I had a PC would I be able to do this by partitioning the storage device?
Create partitions for use with both an X-Box and a PC? No one's ever tried, but I suspect it's possible
- with a lot of hoop jumping (by which I mean, you'll want a traditional PC, a fairly decent level of programming skill, a good amount of knowledge about how partitions "work", and a lot of spare time).
Even if you were to create a drive with FATX (for use with a X-Box) and FAT32/NTFS partitions (for use with a PC), you'd also need to be very careful when using the drive for everyday tasks. The MS dash, for example, will automatically destroy any non-FATX partitions it sees on sight - and without prompting - if you enter the memory management screens, for example. And the total
drive capacity would still have to come in under 4gb, of course.
In short, if the goal is to "see if you can", go for it. If you have more practical aims in mind, forget about it.
On the other hand: XBMC can read data off a FAT/FAT32 formatted USB drive. Can't write to one, though. Still has all the other limitations of a FATX formatted drive, of course, and XBMC'll is the only app on the console that can do this.This post has been edited by Bomb Bloke: Jan 25 2010, 04:07 AM