xbox 360 show as mapped or connected external drive to PC

Posted on 2009-12-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I have an Xbox360 which is connected via hardwire ethernet to my router.
I have an external TB (terabyte) drive connected to the Xbox360 via USB
I am using WinXP (NOT Media Edition)

How can I map the external USB drive OR the xbox360 to my PC

1. I can already stream files to the Xbox360 (I used NeroMediaHome)
2. The Xbox360 is already on the network and can receive from PC and go out on XBoxLive
3. The External USB TB Drive can play files on the Xbox360.

I do not want to keep moving the external drive everytime I want access to the data on that drive. Is there a way to map the drive or map the xbox360.
Question by:MitchPhxAZ
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    The 360 has no built in file server services, nor is it possible to install them.  The Xbox will not run unsigned code. This makes it impossible to map drives or do any other sort of file related business to the 360.

    My suggestion here would be to connect your external drive to your Windows box and set that Windows box up to stream the media files you're looking for to the 360 via Windows Media Center.

    Author Comment

    My suggestion here:...right so basically exactly what I said I already knew how to do. Thanks. I cant gather the data on the xbox360 or the external drive connected to it from My PC.
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    Depends what kind of data you're trying to access.  Most anything the 360 can play can also be streamed from Windows Media Center.  I suggest this because you can set up Windows Media Center on your Windows box and then stream movies, music, pictures etc to your 360 that way, meaning that you can attach your external to your windows box and access the data from either your PC or the 360 provided you set up the external drive as a media center share.

    To set up Media center, you need to either have XP Media CEnter edition, Vista, or Win7 (built in media center).  Then setup the 360 as a media extender.  That will allow you to do exactly what you are trying to accomplish.

    Author Comment

    I appreciate what you are saying however I am trying to avoid streaming. videos cannot be FF or RW or such compared to when just jacked into via USB. I was trying to see if I could access the xbox360 as a mapped drive. Since the network clearly sees the xbox360 as a separate IP, I didnt know if there was a filesharing concept that could be engaged.
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    Every network device does have an IP address associated with it, that's normal. However, that doesn't give you filesharing capabilities unless there's a software service on the device to allow you to do so.  The 360 doesn't and it's impossible to add one.  I understand what you're trying to accomplish, but sometimes unfortunately the answer is "it can't be done", and that is the case here.  That's why I suggested the streaming alternative.  I understand that streaming has some limitations as well, but in your case, it's the only way to allow simultaneous access to the drive from the PC and the 360.

    Wish I had better news for you. Hope the info helps!

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    there is no solution which was told to it is a BS answer.

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