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How to mount an Xbox formatted drive on Ubuntu.

Mounting an HDD formatted with the Xbox filesystem can be a pain, but it can be done.

Run this command in the terminal to get the filesystem offset of the current filesystem.

└──╼  ╼ $ sudo head -c 4k /dev/sdg | grep -aobuP '\x00\x00\x00NTFS' | sed 's/\:.*//'

This gives us “2048”. Now use that as the offset when mounting the filesystem under /mnt.

└──╼  ╼ $ sudo mount /dev/sdg -o offset=2048 /mnt
The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0).
The file system wasn't safely closed on Windows. Fixing.

This works just fine, now the filesystem is mounted and acccessible. This is how easy it is to access an Xbox filesystem on Linux.

To unmount it, just run this command.

└──╼  ╼ $ sudo umount /mnt

1 thought on “How to mount an Xbox formatted drive on Ubuntu.”

  1. Hello!
    And if provided command “sudo head -c 4k /dev/sdg | grep -aobuP ‘NTFS'” doesn’t output any result what that could mean? Disk is formatted by Xbox360, but by Linux it’s recognized as “Unformatted”.
    Do you know any other way to mount it from Linux?

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